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Remembering Bishop Quinlan

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Bishop Quinlan "It was a moment of unbearable tension for Bishop Thomas Quinlan as the long Korean War drew to an end in the early summer of 1953. The Irishman had already faced death and torture during the war which had claimed the lives of his friends. But he had faced those threats with equanimity -- because his life during those days seemed hostage to fate and the whim of his North Korean guards. This was different though. It was his last encounter with a man known because of his murderous tendencies as the Tiger, a man who had led thousands of international prisoners of war, including Quinlan and several other Irish priests, on a brutal nine-day march, which had resulted in hundreds of deaths."  
So begins a newspaper article that recalls one of the more dramatic moments in the life of Columban Thomas Quinlan, Bishop of Chunchun in Korea.

This life has now been commemorated in an audio-visual presentation compiled by Columban Malachy Smyth and Liam Mac Nally. The pack includes a radio documentary, an audio version of a talk given by Bishop Quinlan about the Death March, and a film about his consecration as Bishop in Seoul in 1955.

Contact Malachy at
St Columban's
Dalgan Park

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