The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania depicting Gleeson (mounted, center) on the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. The painting was commissioned in 1916 by Jessie Louisa Rickard, the original of which was destroyed during the bombing of London in WWII.
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Father Francis Gleeson (1884-1959) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest who served as a British Army chaplain during Ireland’s involvement in WWI.
“Gleeson then returned once more to Ireland and his position at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. He encountered hostility from Irish republicans because of his association with the British Army; it is said that the Bishop of Cork, Daniel Cohalan, a fervent nationalist, deliberately placed Gleeson in pro-republican parishes.”
“Gleeson successfully wrote and produced two dramas. The first, depicting the first Holy Week, was entitled Bethany to Calvary, was staged at the Theatre Royal, Dublin in February 1931, and received high praise from many authorities on sacred drama….
“His second drama Rose of Battle was set in the French lines during the 1917–18 war, in which one of two soldier-friends is reconciled to his faith and Church after his friend is killed but he, though badly wounded, becomes miraculously cured through the prayers of his friend's sister, a hospital nurse. The drama was widely acclaimed in 1935....”