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Irish Jesuit Archives

Fr Willie Doyle SJ exhibition

Type:   Event / Exhibition (temporary)

Location:   Dalkey Library, 41 Castle Street, Dalkey, Ireland.

Date:   18 July 2017 - 18 August 2017


Exhibition commemorating Fr Willie Doyle SJ at Dalkey Library, Dublin

The exhibition by the Irish Jesuit Archives will also feature a graphic short on display panels by illustrator Alan Dunne entitled, ‘A Perfect Trust’. Province Archivist, Fr Fergus O’ Donoghue SJ, will launch the exhibition on Thursday, 20 July 2017 at 6.30 pm, Dalkey Library, Dublin. All are welcome. RVSP: archivessj@gmail.com or 01 7758569

Damien Burke, Archivist, Irish Jesuit Archives will give a lecture on Fr Doyle at Dalkey Library, Dublin on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at 6.30 pm.

Fr Willie Doyle SJ (1873-1917) volunteered as a military chaplain in First World War. Sent to France with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in early 1916, within days of his arrival at the Front, he showed himself outstanding in the work of a chaplain. Present at the battles of the Somme and Messines, Fr Doyle was killed during the third battle of Ypres on 16th August 1917, while going to the aid of a wounded man near Frezenberg. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium. Fr Doyle was awarded the Military Cross, and he was put forward for the Victoria Cross posthumously but did not receive it.

Writing to Willie’s father, Hugh, in December 1917, Major General WB Hickie remarks that: ‘I could not say too much about your son. He was loved and reverenced by us all. His gallantry, self sacrifice and devotion to duty were all so well known and recognized. I think that his was the most wonderful character that I have ever known.’

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