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Fr. Anthony (Tony) Collier, (1913-1950), was an Irish Catholic missionary priest, a member of Missionary Society of St. Columban (the Columban Fathers). He was killed by North Korean forces [1] on 27 June 1950, the first non-Korean killed during the Korean War. [2] [3]

Tony Collier was born on 20 June 1913 in Clogherhead, County Louth, Ireland. He was educated at Christian Brothers in Drogheda (1921-1926) and St. Patrick's College, Armagh (1926-1931). He joined the Columbans in Dalgan Park in 1931 and was ordained there in 1938. Fr. Collier went on mission to Korea in 1939.

Fr Collier was in charge of the second Columban parish in Chunchon, Korea, when he was taken into custody by North Korean soldiers, questioned, and killed on 27 June 1950. [4] Fr. Collier is buried in Gangwon-do, South Korea, along with Irish Bishop Thomas Quinlan and other missionaries.

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References

  1. Columban Martyrs recalled at Dalgan Mass
  2. Seven Irish Columbans among 84 modern-day martyrs of Korea who may be beatified By Cian Molloy, www.catholicireland.net, February 13, 2017.
  3. Seven Irish priests to be beatified by Pope Francis in Seoul next Saturday by Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, August 14, 2014.
  4. Fr Tony Collier Find a Grave.