Dowling Ned

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From ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by the Italian-born British official first World War artist Fortunino Matania, reproduced in ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest has been found during a house clearance in Co Laois. Canon Seán O’Doherty, now the PP in (...)

Fr Ned Dowling, who was a military chaplain during the first World War

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest has been found during a house clearance in Co Laois.Canon Seán O’Doherty, now the PP in Durrow, (...)

Fr Ned Dowling: known informally as ‘the Colonel’.

Born Edward Dowling – in 1886 in Slieverue, Co Kilkenny – but always known as Ned, he was the son of schoolteachers William and Catherine Dowling. He (...)

An illustration of Fr Ned Dowling during the first World War in ‘Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the Parcels from Home’ by British official war artist Fortunino Matania, taken from ‘Goodbye, Old Man: Matania’s Vision of the First World War’ by Lucinda Gosling in association with the Mary Evans Picture Library.

The first World War diary of an Irish Catholic priest, including his detailed account of Christmas Day 1914 on the battlefields, has come to light.The(...)

Fr Ned Dowling, who served as a Catholic chaplain with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers throughout the first World War.

Just a few months after leaving a prestigious job as a professor in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, 28-year-old Fr Ned Dowling slept on a bed of straw(...)

Members of the choir leading the procession at the annual Remembrance Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

It was now possible for people of all persuasions throughout the island to acknowledge the courage, bravery and sacrifice of the Irish who fought a(...)