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Northern priest killed by Japanese

FOUR Irish priests were killed by the Japanese in Manila in the Philippines. They were Rev John heneghan, Louisburgh, Co Mayo; Rev Patrick Kelly, Tullamore; Rev Peter Fallon, Dunmore, Co Galway; and Rev Joseph Monaghan who was born at Banbridge in 1907. Fr Monaghan was educated at St Colman's College, Newry;

St Columba's College, Dalgan Park and St Columban's Seminary, Omaha, Nebraska where he was ordained in 1931. he came to Ireland for the eucharistic Congress of 1932 and went to Manila in the same year. His mother lives in Dublin.

1798 drama in Belfast

FWW may grumble that the historical play has been over-written by Ulster playwrights while, conversely, one may wonder why such fruitful fields of the province's historical background have not been more copiously drawn on, particularly for drama. Not many of the soul-stirring episodes of Irish history have found their way to the stage and so there is a special novelty in the dramatisation of 'henry Joy McCracken' by a young Belfast playwright, Mr Jack Loudan. This is the first stage show dealing with the Antrim United Irish leader of 1798. It had its premiere at the Group Theatre on Saturday. The historical outline is well drawn through the dialogue which helps to recreate the atmosphere of a period when Northern Presbyterians, led by their clergy, struck in freedom's name against oppression. The fundamentals of the plot are focused on the arrest, trial and execution of McCracken, through which one may glimpse at the seething state of Ireland. Imaginative effect is well conveyed though it could be strengthened by suitable stage settings. The prosecutor's fanaticism in the trial scene is perhaps exaggerated but, all in all, there is good acting. Margaret D'Arcy is impressive as Mary Ann McCracken and as the Reverend Steele Dickson, Seamus Ussher gives a fine interpretation of the part. R Forsythe-Boyd is in the leading role of Henry Joy and the others in a good cast are Harold Goldblatt, Jack O'Malley, elizabeth Begley and John F Tyrone.

RUC watch falls

TO ENABLE them to maintain a vigilant watch on the Falls Road where extra police were drafted for easter Sunday, a mobile canteen was in service to provide meals for members of the RUC on duty. The day, however, passed off without incident. Armed with Sten guns, hundreds of police, in groups of two and three, patrolled the streets while cage-cars, Crossley tenders and other vehicles filled with police were constantly moving around the various streets. Extra police watched the vicinity of Milltown Cemetery and some were on duty close to the Republican plot at which many people prayed during the day.

Hitler calls up 'werewolves'

'Werewolves' will drive the Allies out of the Reich, German Radio asserted yesterday. 'The werewolves will make collaboration with Allies impossible,' the radio said. 'Every man, woman and child in the territories already occupied, must give their wholehearted support to the werewolves.' Fighters in the German Freedom Movement call themselves 'werewolves'.

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