Oil Dedicated to Blessed Dominic Collins, martyr
A selfless and spiritual man, Blessed Dominic Collins brutally executed for refusing to renounce his faith by the English army during the Ulster Plantation in the early 17th century. The hero of the Irish war of independence. He resigned his commission to become a Jesuit novice and lay brother. Imprisoned, tortured and executed for promoting his faith. After travelling overseas decided to join the Society Of Jesus as a lay brother.
Born in 1566 to a wealthy merchant family in Youghal, County Cork. At the age of twenty Collins went to the continent; wanting to join the cavalry he spent three years working in Brittany as a servant. There was revolt against the English and Scottish planters in Ulster. Captured by the English who attempted to get Dominic to reject Christ. When plague struck the Jesuit College, Collins tended to the sick and dying.
When the castle fell in 1602, all were immediately hanged, but for Collins and two others. The two remaining soldiers executed, while Collins brought before Baron Mountjoy, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, who tried to persuade him to join the English army and the English Church. Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1992.