Father Joseph Mallin, the last surviving child of executed 1916 hero Michael Mallin, has died.

The Jesuit priest lived in Hong Kong.

He had spent over sixty years as a Jesuit missionary in China, working at the Wah Yan College – a Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Society of Jesus.

Fr Mallin's neice, Una Ni Challanáin, confirmed the news to RTÉ this morning.

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His father was Commandant Michael Mallin who was in command of the Irish Citizen Army at St Stephen's Green during the fateful Easter week of 1916.

A silk weaver by trade, Mallin was second-in-command under James Connolly.

Joseph Mallin was two years old when his father was executed along with the other rebels in Kilmainham Jail.

His mother Agnes Hickey was pregnant with the couple's fifth child at the time.

Fr Mallin had the opportunity to say goodbye to him with his mother on May 8th 1916 before he was shot.

Michael Mallin had hoped his son would go on to be a priest. It is believed he handed Hickey a note expressing this wish.

In 2016, Fr Mallin was awarded the freedom of the City of Dublin not only for his status as a child of a 1916 Rising leader, but recognizing his contribution and servitude to the people of Hong Kong for the past six decades

In 2017, Fr. Joseph Mallin published an essay entitled "To the Memory of my Father". The essay was presented to Kilmainham Gaol.