Our Martyrs Podcast

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Serialisation of OUR MARTYRS by Fr Dennis MurphyTo listen to older episodes go to ourmartyrspodcast.blogspot.ie

Episodes

  • Martyred on the 15th of July 1581, Laymen Robert Miller, Edward Cheevers, John OLahy and Patrick Canavan

    Martyred on the 15th of July 1581, Laymen Robert Miller, Edward Cheevers, John O'Lahy and Patrick Canavan

    15/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    On the martyrdom of 4 Wexford laymen in 1581.

  • Martyred 12th of July Thomas Fitzgerald OSF

    Martyred 12th of July Thomas Fitzgerald OSF

    12/07/2020 Duration: 04min

    On the martyrdom through the hardships of imprisonment for the faith of the Franciscan, Thomas Fitzgerald.

  • Martyred on 5th July 1581, Robert Miller, Edward Cheevers, John O’Lahy,  Patrick Canavan

    Martyred on 5th July 1581, Robert Miller, Edward Cheevers, John O’Lahy, & Patrick Canavan

    05/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    From Rothe’s Analecta, p.391THESE were citizens of Wexford and pious Catholics. With the aid of some other Catholic sailors, they had secretly carried over to France a certain Father of the Society of Jesus, and some of the priests and laymen who were driven from their native country on account of their faith.They were seized, put to the torture, and hanged; and when they were only halfdead, they were taken down and quartered, July 5th, 1581.Bruodin[1]says they were executed for bringing Father Rochford, S.J., from Belgium, and entertaining priests in their houses. He gives July 15th of that year as the date of their martyrdom. Instead of Patrick Canavan, given by Rothe, he sets down John O’Lahy as having been martyred with the two first mentioned.See also Holing, Molanus, and Bruodin. [1]Propug., p. 443

  • Martyred 4th of July 1594 John Cornelius, Terence Carey  Patrick Salmon, (all Venerable).

    Martyred 4th of July 1594 John Cornelius, Terence Carey & Patrick Salmon, (all Venerable).

    03/07/2020 Duration: 12min

    The martyrdom in Dorchester, England of John Cornelius, Terence Carey & Patrick Salmon, (all Venerable).

  • Martyred 1st of July Matthew Lamport

    Martyred 1st of July Matthew Lamport

    02/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    From Bruodin’S Propugnaculum P.442HE was a priest, and had charge of a parish in the neighbourhood of Dublin. The heretics took him prisoner, and sent him to the city. He was put to death ratherfrom hatred to the Catholic religion, which he upheld with great zeal, than for the reason alleged against him, namely, that he had frequently given hospitality to the priest F. Rochford.[1]He was hanged and quartered, and in this way died gloriously July l, 1581.For an account of F. Rochford, see Hogan’s Distinguished Irishmen, p.17. He died at Lisbon in 1588.Rothe gives in the list of laymen who suffered for the faith, Matthew Lamport, ‘a man of very tender conscience, who was hanged and quartered because he had received into his house James Eustace, Baron of Baltinglass, who was brought almost to death by hunger.’See also Holing, Rothe, Copinger, and Molanus.[1]For an account of F. Rochford, see Hogan’s Distinguished Irishmen, p.17. He died at Lisbon in 1588. 

  • Re-upload of episode on Dermot OHurley, martyred on the 30th of June in the new calendar.

    Re-upload of episode on Dermot O'Hurley, martyred on the 30th of June in the new calendar.

    29/06/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Apologies for the poor audio quality.

  • Remembering the martyrdom of Gerald Fitzgibbon

    Remembering the martyrdom of Gerald Fitzgibbon

    29/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    Remembering the martyrdom of Gerald Fitzgibbon O.P. on the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul.

  • 28 June 1593 Report of martyrdom of Edmund Magauran, Archbishop of Armagh

    28 June 1593 Report of martyrdom of Edmund Magauran, Archbishop of Armagh

    27/06/2020 Duration: 04min

    (From O’Sullevan’s Hist. Cath. Hib., p.158)OF his early life we know nothing. In 1581 he was appointed to the see of Ardagh. In 1587 he was transferred to the primatial see of Armagh.[1] Six years after we find him in Ireland, having come from Spain in the vessel of James Fleming, a Drogheda merchant. He was commissioned by Pope Clement VIII. To exhort the Irish people to persevere steadily in the faith, and, if necessary, to shed their blood in defence of their religion; and by Philip II. of Spain, to assure them that he would send them speedy aid. He went to Hugh Maguire, who was then in arms, and urged him to continue his efforts. He took up his residence with this chieftain at Enniskillen, and was treated by him with great respect and kindness. Sir William Russell,[2]hearing of his arrival, sent a messenger in all haste to Maguire, bidding him in the Queen’s name to deliver into his hands the Bishop, consecrated in a foreign country and belonging to another religion, who had lately lan

  • Martyred 25th June 1539 CORNELIUS O’NEILL, BISHOP OF LIMERICK, AND THE RELIGIOUS OF THE TRINTARIAN CONVENT OF THAT CITY, (Re-upload)

    Martyred 25th June 1539 CORNELIUS O’NEILL, BISHOP OF LIMERICK, AND THE RELIGIOUS OF THE TRINTARIAN CONVENT OF THAT CITY, (Re-upload)

    24/06/2020 Duration: 07min

    Cornelius O’Neill, then Bishop of Limerick, had been a religious of the Order, & was much attached to the brethren. He belonged to the princely family of O’Neill of Tyrone. He was remarkable for his charity & humility, & had filled different offices, & of late that of Provincial, with much advantage to the Order.He had been Consulted by the King about the divorce from his lawful wife, Queen Catharine, which he wishes to bring about, & gave his opinion firmly in her favour. The King was much angered thereat & declared he would have his revenge.The Bishop was aware of the dangers that were threatening. He called the Trinitarian Community together and addressed them in the following words"A beginning like this does not lead to a good end. The King and his kingdom are lost. The Catholic Church is in great danger, and heresy will be introduced amongst us unless God’s omnipotence protects us."He advised them to be prepared, to sell all the Property of the monastery, even the gold and silver

  • June 13th, Remembering the martyrdom of John Cathan on the feast of Anthony of Padua

    June 13th, Remembering the martyrdom of John Cathan on the feast of Anthony of Padua

    13/06/2020 Duration: 01min

    1622 JOHN CATHAN, [1]O.S.F.(From Ward’s Catalogue.)I have decided to commemorate him on the 13th of June, the Feast of St Anthony of Padua.HE made his religious profession on the College of Saint Antony of Padua, Louvain.While he was employed as preacher in the convent of Buttevant,[2] he was seized there by the heretics and cast into prison in Limerick. He died in his chains in the year 1622. On the night of his death a bright flame, like a pillar, was seen by many, shining over the house in which he was lying. Many other wonderful things were seen at the time of his death.[1]Anglicised O’Kane and Kane[2]  Founded by the Barry family about the middle of the 13thcentury. Some portions of it still remain. See the Kilkenny Arch. Journal, 11.83

  • Martyred 12th June 1582 Donough OReddy (Re-Upload)

    Martyred 12th June 1582 Donough O'Reddy (Re-Upload)

    11/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    From Broudin's Propugnaculum p.445HE was a native of Connaught and parish priest of Coolrahen.1When the soldiers of Elizabeth rushed into the village he took refuge in the church; but to no purpose, for these persecutors of priests and profaners of churches, the English heretics, hanged him in the church opposite the high altar, and afterwards pierced him through with their swords, and so he ended his life in a very holy way, June 12th, 1582.See also Copinger, Molanus, O’Sullevan, Ward, and Porter.1 Copinger gives the name Coleraine

  • Raymond Keoghy

    Raymond Keoghy

    08/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    The martyrdom of Dominican Raymond Keoghy of the Convent of Roscommon.

  • 108 Thomas Aquinas of Jesus

    108 Thomas Aquinas of Jesus

    06/06/2020 Duration: 13min

    FATHER THOMAS AQUINAS was a distinguished preacher and a zealous missionary, who earned for himself the hatred of the heretics by the assiduity and successful results of his preaching and labours in confirming the oppressed and persecuted Catholics in the faith, and in winning several back who had fallen into the errors of heresy. He was captured, while engaged in his apostolic work, in the house of a noble family recently converted by him.He was most cruelly beaten, bound with cords, and in that state carried almost lifeless to Drogheda, and there cast into prison, where he was left to languish for a considerable time. Under treatment so harsh he suffered no expression of complaint to escape from his lips but he bore all with joy, rejoicing to suffer for Christ, and meditating on the words of the Apostle ‘I am apprehended by the Lord.”Early on the morning of the 6th of July, while the Father was offering the Holy Sacrifice, a messenger from the Governor1 of the town announced to him that

  • Edmund Tanner, Martred 4th of June 1578, (Re-upload)

    Edmund Tanner, Martred 4th of June 1578, (Re-upload)

    04/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    From Broudin's Propugnaculum Page 432He was a native of the city of Cork.(1) He lived for some years in the Society of Jesus, and during that time made extraordinary progress in virtue; but after some years, owing to illness, he left the Order, with the full consent of the Fathers.(2)He was appointed Bishop of Cork(3) November 5th 1574. But hardly had the burthen of the episcopate been laid on him, when he was taken to Dublin and imprisoned there for having opposed the unjust laws of the Queen. While in prison he was tortured in divers ways, and more than once he was hung up for two hours, while his hands were tied behind his back with a rope. Broken with these and various other sufferings, he went to receive the reward of his labours on the 4th of June, 1578, after an imprisonment of eighteen months.See also Holing, Rothe, Copinger, and Lynch.1 In a papal document in the Irish Ecci. Record, 6. 147, he is said to have been a native of the (ecclesiastical) province of Dublin.2 Through great sickness

  • Martyred 31st of May 1639 John Meagh

    Martyred 31st of May 1639 John Meagh

    31/05/2020 Duration: 08min

    (From Alegamb’es Mortes lllustres, p. 538)JOHN MEAGH was a native of Cork, in the province of Munster. To remove him from the persecution of the heretics, he was taken by his father first to France, and then to Naples.After his father’s death, he entered the service of the Duke of Ossuna, the Viceroy. The young man prayed to God to make known to him when he opened a book, the manner of life which he should enter on. He opened it, and found there the Life of St. Dympna,1 a maiden of royal birth, who fled from Ireland to avoid her father’s fury, and was afterwards slain by him. ‘What if God wishes me to leave the world,’ said he, ‘and to flee from all occasions of sin, as that royal maiden did when she left her native country.’ Wherefore, he determined to enter the religious state without further delay; and whilst he was yet hesitating somewhat, he was wrongfully accused of a grievous crime, and taken into custody. Seeing in the prison a statue of St. Ignatius, he consoled himself with the t

  • Martyred in May 1582: Eneas Penny

    Martyred in May 1582: Eneas Penny

    30/05/2020 Duration: 02min

    From Boudin's Propugnaculum Page 445THIS priest was a native of Connaught. He was slain by the heretical English soldiers in his parish church of Killatra1 while celebrating the sacrifice of the Mass, May 1582.See also Copinger.1This name is not given in the list of towniands of the Ordnance Survey Copinger calls it Killagh.

  • Appointed Vicar Apostolic 30-May-1597 Eugene Mac Egan (Re-Upload)

    Appointed Vicar Apostolic 30-May-1597 Eugene Mac Egan (Re-Upload)

    30/05/2020 Duration: 02min

    1607 (?) EUGENE MAC EGAN.(From Molanus’ Idea,p. 73)HE was a Doctor of Theology, and Vicar Apostolic of the diocese of Ross. (1)This active and courageous labourer in promoting the cause of Catholicity, both by his prayers and his exhortations to others, received a wound from a body of armed heretics, who fell on him and left him for dead. His friends found him still breathing and almost expiring, and bore him off late in the evening to a neighbouring village.Both himself and the place where he was lying are said to have been lighted up throughout the whole of that night. They buried him with much honour in the neighbouring monastery of Timoleague, belonging to the Order of St. Francis.See also Rothe, O’Sullevan, and Porter.1. Appointed Vicar Apostolic by Papal brief on the 30thof May 1597

  • Martyred 26th May 1581 NICHOLAS NUGENT,(1) DAVID SUTTON, JOHN SUTTON, THOMAS EUSTACE, JOHN EUSTACE, WILLIAM WOGAN, ROBERT SHERLOCK, JOH CLINCH, THOMAS NETHERFIELD AND ROBERT FITZGERALD. (Re-Upload)

    Martyred 26th May 1581 NICHOLAS NUGENT,(1) DAVID SUTTON, JOHN SUTTON, THOMAS EUSTACE, JOHN EUSTACE, WILLIAM WOGAN, ROBERT SHERLOCK, JOH CLINCH, THOMAS NETHERFIELD AND ROBERT FITZGERALD. (Re-Upload)

    26/05/2020 Duration: 03min

    (From Broudin's Propugnaculum, p. 442)AMONG the chiefs who took up arms in defence of the Catholic faith professed by their ancestors against the unjust persecutions of Queen Elizabeth about the year 1580, we must reckon these illustrious champions, Viscount Baltinglass (2) and John, Baron of Dunkellin. The English executioners, whose thirst for the innocent blood of Catholics was insatiable, put to death in several ways many noble Catholics through hatred of the faith, under one false pretext or another, and especially because they were suspected of sharing in the sentiments of the aforesaid nobles. Among the many noble knights who were put to death in Dublin in the year 1581, for their constancy in the Catholic faith rather than for the above reason invented by the heretics, were Nicholas Nugent, David Sutton, and his brother John Sutton (3), Thomas Eustace and his son John (4), William Wogan, lord of Rathcoffy; Robert Sherlock, John Clinch, lord of Scrine Thomas Netherfield, (5) and Robert Fitzge

  • Remembering the martyrdom of Friar Cornelius Cronin in 1617

    Remembering the martyrdom of Friar Cornelius Cronin in 1617

    21/05/2020 Duration: 39s

    Subsequent Bishop of Meath, Thomas Dease was consecrated bishop on the 22nd of May 1622. So I have chosen this date to remember Cornelius Cronin, martyr.

  • Martyred on the 19th of May PATRICK O’CONOR AND MALACHY O’KELLY O. CIST, (Re-Upload)

    Martyred on the 19th of May PATRICK O’CONOR AND MALACHY O’KELLY O. CIST, (Re-Upload)

    19/05/2020 Duration: 03min

    (From Bruodin’s Propugnaculum, p. 449)PATRICK O’CONOR was descended from the very ancient and royal stock of the O’Conors in Connaught. Abandoning the deceitful pleasures of the world in the flower of youth,  he made his religious profession in the celebrated monastery of Boyle,[1]in the diocese of Elphin, in Connaught, among the most observant of the disciples of the Mellifluous Doctor,[2]in the year of our Lord 1562. For twenty-three years he was seen to advance in every kind of virtue, in such a way that he became a shining light to his brethren by the practice of every good work. He was constant in prayer, and used to shed tears in abundance while so engaged. He was unwearied in works of charity, especially towards the sick. He was kindly to all, but he was very stern in chastising his own body. For the last fifteen years of his life he drank neither wine nor beer. He abstained from flesh meat during the whole time that he was a monk.The Almighty wishing to reward t

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