‘Headquarters Battalion: Army of The Irish Republic Easter Week 1916’
By John Michael Heuston, O.P.
An account of the 1916 Rising
Fr John Michael Heuston, O.P. (Order of Preachers) was a Dominican priest. He was the brother of John Joseph Heuston, also more widely known as Sean ‘Jack’ Heuston.
Fr John Michael, along with Fr Michael Browne, Master of Novices at the St Marys Dominican Priory at Tallaght was given special permission, while a young Dominican in Tallaght, to visit his condemned brother in Kilmainham Gaol in 1916 before his execution.
It was a custom in the Dominican Order that men, on receiving the Dominican habit, were given a new name. So, Michael Heuston, became Father John Michael Heuston.