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    Posted: 26 Jul 2013 at 17:36
The following poem was published alongside an announcement and obituary of Father Finn published in the Ushaw College Magazine in 1915.

In Memoriam
The Rev Father William Finn
Killed in Action, April, 25th, 1915


He did not turn his ears from that high call,
Nor parley with himself, nor hesitate.
Men would have held him; but he did not wait,
Albeit the air was thick with shell and ball.

He saw with tears his gallant Dublins fall;
His place was with them. Like a mountain spate,
His spirit o’leaped its banks and laughed at Fate,
Knowing God’s Providence that ruleth all.

O Alma Mater, bind your brows with laurel!
Your sons have flocked to wield their Country’s sword,
And take up arms in Honour’s latest quarrel.
But this one seized the javelin of the Lord,
And hurled it flashing, all to brief a star,
High up the bloody steeps of Sedd-ul-Bahr.”
To protect our history, we must secure it's future.
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Hi Mal:
I tried to post a newspaper clipping from the Kilkenny Journal of )c7.2, 1915 where a reporter reports Pvt. P. Delaney  " In a letter to his father.... sent a photo of the heroic Chaplin father Finn and the place were he is buried with six hundred of the Dublins.   Pte. Delaney  refers in the highest terms to the bravery of Father Finn.  "he was a father to the lot of us."  he stated.   We had many a chat with  him ablout old Ireland and home rule.  He was the bravest of the brave.  He died looking after the dying and wounded.  He was a geat man and worthy son of gallant tipperary."
 
 I was not able to attach the copy of this news clipping to this post.   This quote of Pte. Patrick Delaney shows to have been an eloquent speaker.   Pte. P. Delaney reached the rank of  WO 1 and died of wounds while CSM of W company of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 
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Hi Mal:
I tried to post a newspaper clipping from the Kilkenny Journal of Oct. 2, 1915 where a reporter reports Pvt. P. Delaney  " In a letter to his father.... sent a photo of the heroic Chaplin father Finn and the place were he is buried with six hundred of the Dublins.   Pte. Delaney  refers in the highest terms to the bravery of Father Finn.  "he was a father to the lot of us."  he stated.   We had many a chat with  him ablout old Ireland and home rule.  He was the bravest of the brave.  He died looking after the dying and wounded.  He was a great man and worthy son of gallant Tipperary."
 
 I was not able to attach the copy of this news clipping to this post.   This quote of Pte. Patrick Delaney shows to have been an eloquent speaker.   Pte. P. Delaney reached the rank of  WO 1 and died of wounds while CSM of W company of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 
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