Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
The inquest was held on the 27th October 1920, according to the Pall Mall Gazette of that day.
An article on Father Dominic: Fr Dominic ministered to MacSwiney throughout his hunger strike in Brixton Prison and was present at his death on 25 October 1920.
The prison at Brixton still has a tall brick wall like the one seen at right, as in this Streetview.
(Not suggesting that is the same spot).
Previously on this channel:
Here they are outside the gate with some police officers.
Father Dominic appears in the 1901 census as John O'Connor, 18, a Member of Community and Student of Theology in Rochestown, Cork.
Back then, Capuchins (a branch of the Franciscans) were obliged by their rule to grow a beard, and Fr Dominic’s is a fine example of a Capuchin style beard. Most other priests - either by rule or custom - were clean-shaven.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I have updated the date.
Re: the other two priests, I think our best shot at identifying them would be from a newspaper account of McSwiney’s funeral Mass at Southwark Cathedral. Bishop - later Archbishop Peter Amigo gave permission for a funeral in the Cathedral & indeed lobbied the authorities for McSwiney’s release. This was despite the opposition of the British government & I know that one of the chapels of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark has a plaque remembering McSwiney & expressing the gratitude of the Irish to Amigo. www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/59612
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy I read a couple of descriptions of the funeral. One of them helpfully mentioned that there were hundreds of Catholic priests present. Neither O'Connor nor McCormack are mentioned by name.
27 October 1920 is a Wednesday ...
Guy in the centre looks more like a rabbi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ When I’m rich I’m going to buy myself a full set of the past issues of the Catholic Directories for Ireland, Britain, America & Australia to research problems like this. 😂 They’re probably on the list of clergy serving in Southwark back then, but I don’t have access to that.
Flickr is sometimes amazing! From an 1827 book 'The Antiquities of Lambeth' via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11007036713/]
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Brixton (built 1820)
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] Is this what you mean by Catholic Directory?
The Daily Mirror - Thursday 28 October 1920 has a picture of Father Dominic leaving the prison after the inquest, but he is accompanied by three bowler-hatted gentlemen from Cork.
Accounts of the inquest mention Father Dominic arriving during proceedings, and that space was limited in the room in the prison where the inquest was conducted. About 50 people were present.
"a nation which has such citizens will never surrender"
- Ho Chi Minh
An account by Fr. Dominic of his conversations with Terence McSwiney
Capuchin Annual 1942, p337, annual.capuchinfranciscans.ie/1942/html5/
www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Interesting to see the Capuchin Annual 1942 refers to "Province of Ireland" . . . That would be like Taiwan stating it is a "Province of China", when in fact it is a sovereign country, under international law.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/cassidyphotography] I think they were using the term Province in the context of a religious province, "The term province, or occasionally religious province, also refers to a geographical and administrative subdivision in a number of orders and congregations. This is true of most, though not all, religious communities founded after the year AD 1000, as well as the Augustinians, who date from earlier"
In fact, I see recently in the Irish Catholic dated 1st July 2021 the headline "Historic moment as GB Capuchin’s become delegation of Irish Province"
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Well done.
Glad you cleared that up. Learn sumthin evry Béarla
Ooooh! Sorry for the delay, but thank you! That is useful, although I can't really pin down the priests pictured.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy They have quite a few digitised for future reference, and yeah, I didn't see any likely candidates either. (I did have fun looking at the advertisements at the front).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I love those adverts as well.
There are probably more detailed lists - with an index - in the England & Wales Catholic Directory. The American version is good, but it omits the names of most of the priests who were part of religious orders.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet I see an advertisment on page 9 of the 1942 Capuchin Annual from our own Keogh Bros., Ltd.,