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 forceson 27 June 1950, the first non-Korean killed during the Korean War.
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.Fr. Collier is buried in Gangwon-do, South Korea, along with Irish Bishop Thomas Quinlan and other missionaries.
The Korean Martyrs were the victims of religious persecution against Catholic Christians during the 19th century in Korea. Between 8,000 - 10,000 Korean Christians were killed during this period, 103 of whom were canonized en masse in May 1984. In addition, Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions were declared "Venerable" on 7 February 2014, and on 16 August 2014, they were beatified by Pope Francis during the Asian Youth Day in Gwanghwamun Plaza, Seoul, South Korea. There are further moves to beatify Catholics who were killed by communists for their faith in the 20th century during the Korean War.
Newcestown is a small village located 35 km from the city of Cork in the western part of County Cork, Ireland. It is a village with a church, a school, a pub and GAA club. Newcestown is part of the Dáil constituency of Cork North-West.
The Missionary Society of St. Columban, commonly known as the Columbans, is a missionary Catholic society of apostolic life of Pontifical Right founded in Ireland in 1917 and approved by the Vatican in 1918. Initially it was known as the Maynooth Mission to China. Members may be priests, seminarians or lay workers. Fr John Blowick, one of the two founders of the Society, also founded the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban to share in their work. The society is dedicated to St. Columbanus. The current international headquarters is in Hong Kong.
Bishop Edward J. Galvin was founder of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and first Bishop of Hanyang, China.
Francis Vernon Douglas was a New Zealand priest of the Missionary Society of St. Columban who was killed in the Philippines by Japanese soldiers in 1943.
Rev John Blowick (1888–1972) was an Irish missionary priest and theologian. He was one of the founders of the Maynooth Mission to China which was later known as the Missionary Society of St. Columban.
Peter Quinn, also credited as Peter Quinlan, was an Irish Gaelic footballer who played as a wing-back at senior level for the Mayo county team.
Fr. Cornelius Tierney BD (1872-1931) was an Irish missionary priest who joined the Maynooth Mission to China, he died after being kidnapped by Chinese Communist bandits and held in captivity in 1931. Cornelius was born in Clones, Co. Monaghan, in 1875, he studied at St. Macartan's College, Monaghan, before going to Maynooth College to study for the priesthood. Ordained in Maynooth for the Diocese of Clogher in 1899 taught English and Classics in St. Macartan's, College, and from 1911 he worked as a curate in St. Joseph's, Ballyshannon.
Rev. Owen McPolin( ) SSC. MA, STL, (1889–1963) was an Irish priest who served on missions to China and Korea.
Rev. Thomas Flynn SSC, was an Irish missionary priest, who was killed by Hukbalahap communist rebels in 1950 in the Philippines.
Bishop Patrick Cleary SSC, DD was an Irish missionary priest who served as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nancheng, China. An educator, he established a seminary in Nancheng. In 1949, the People's Republic of China was established, which resistant to foreigners and western religion. He continued to run the mission until 1952, when he was imprisoned and then expelled from China. He returned to Ireland where he returned to teaching at St Columban's College seminary.
Rev. Aedan McGrath, SSC, born William Aedan McGrath, was an Irish Columban missionary priest in China. McGrath was active with the Legion of Mary and became notable for his work in China as a missionary that eventually led to his imprisonment by the People's Republic of China. After leaving China, McGrath continued his work with the Legion of Mary and with missionary activity in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and the Philippines.
John Henaghan was an Irish priest, editor, and a member of the Maynooth Mission to China, who was murdered by the Japanese forces in the Battle of Manila in 1945. Henaghan was born in Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland, in 1882, the son of Walter Henaghan. He was educated at St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, and St. Patrick's College Maynooth.
Monsignor Patrick Brennan (1901-1950), was an American born, Catholic missionary priest, killed by North Korean forces in 1950. Patrick Brennan, was born March 13, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois, to Irish parents. He was educated in St Rita's High School and Quigley's Prep Seminary before studying for the priesthood in Mundelein seminary and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1928, and served as a curate in Epiphany Church, St. Mary of the Lake, and St Anthonys Joliet.