Joseph Mallin celebrated his 102nd birthday in Hong Kong last September
The last surviving child of an executed 1916 leader was granted the Freedom of Dublin…in Hong Kong. Fr Joseph Mallin (102) is the son of Easter Rising commandant Michael Mallin, a Dublin socialist who was killed by firing squad days after the rebellion.
The Jesuit priest lives in Hong Kong. He left Ireland for missionary work in 1948. He was conferred with the award at a ceremony in Wah Yan College in the city earlier this week.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh said Fr Mallin was honoured because of his work with the people of Hong Kong and Macau as well as his unique connection to the events of 1916.
“His skills as a priest, a mentor, teacher and giver of grace have made a difference to thousands of lives,” said Mayor Ní Dhálaigh.
Only 80 people, including John F Kennedy, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa, have been awarded the Freedom of Dublin since its inception in 1876.