Members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association at the event at Rue du Bois. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A memorial marking the exact location which inspired war artist Fortunino Matania’s famous painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue(...)

Wounded   troops  during the Battle of Loos in France. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As a young priest* Fr Francis Gleeson asked to be relieved of his duties following the terrible Battle of Loos in September 1915. Aged 31, “the sain(...)

A print of the famous first World War painting ‘The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois’

A print of the famous first World War painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois, inscribed by the chaplain who is depicted i(...)

Fr Francis Gleeson was chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front and is depicted in the well-known painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania

The diaries of a priest who was chaplain in the first World War are to go on public display for the first time on Friday as part of the Catholic Archd(...)

"Goodbye Old Man", watercolour, painted by Fortunino Matania (Italian, 1881-1963), showing a British soldier saying farewell to his dying horse. The painting was commissioned by The Blue Cross Fund in 1916 to raise money to help relieve the suffering of horses on active service in Europe.  Over one million horses saw service with the British Army during World War I and The Blue Cross treated thousands.

The publication, earlier this month, of an image of the lost first World War painting, The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois has (...)

The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois, a painting by Fortunio Matania.The painting shows Co Tipperary-born Fr Francis Gleeson, igiving absolution on the evening before the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. Photograph: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans Michael Parsons

A vestment worn by an Irish priest on the battlefields of the first World War has come to light. The stole, worn by Fr Francis Gleeson, a chaplain to (...)

‘The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois’, by Fortunio Matania. This painting relates to an incident in France in May of 1915, when the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers suffered very heavily at Rue du Bois, in the Pas-de-Calais close to Arras. Credit: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

The most haunting and poignant image of Irish involvement in the first World War is at the centre of an unsolved art mystery. The Last General (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin pictured with members of ONE, IUNVA, and Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association  after a special mass to mark the 100th anniversary of  the outbreak of the first World War at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Irish men who died in the first World War should be remembered as having “fought with great courage in the defence of an ideal”, the Archbishop(...)