Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Early Modern Bishops of Clonfert


The following is taken from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy at p. 309-10:

According to de Burgo, bishop of Ossory, Richard Nangle was advanced by King Henry VIII but was superseded by Clement VII. Roland de Burgo was promoted by the bull of this Pontiff in October 1534 and Roland died in 1580 worn out with age and infirmity.

Thaddeus O'Ferrall, a Dominican, was promoted in 1587 to this see in the pontificate of Sixtus V. In his old age he was as anxious as in the spring of life to propagate the Catholic faith for which he undertook much labor. He died at Kinsale in the year 1602.

John Burke translated to Tuam A.D. 1646, Walter Lynch acting as Vicar Apostolic. Walter Lynch, the vicar Apostolic of Tuam, was bishop of Clonfert, a doctor of both laws, civil and canon. He died in exile at Raab in Hungary.

Thaddeus MacKeogh was bishop of Clonfert in 1671, was a Dominican of the abbey of Roscommon. Having finished his studies in Spain at Pampeluna and having preached in his native country during a series of years with great spiritual profit, he went to London during the persecution of Cromwell and remained some months with Ulick de Burgo, marquis of Clanrickard. When promoted to the see of Clonfert he immediately returned and governed his flock sixteen years as a most vigilant pastor and died A.D. 1687, and was buried at Kilcorban.

Maurice Donnellan, bishop in 1698.

Ambrose O'Madden in 1701.

Peter Donnellan bishop in 1742.

Andrew O'Donnellan, coadjutor in 1776, succeeded in 1777, died in 1780.

Philip O'Heily, bishop in 1780.

William Coyle, soadjutor in 1780, succeeded 1781, died in 1787.

Thomas Costello, consecrated in 1787, died in 1831.

Thomas Coen, a dean of Maynooth was bishop of Milevi and coadjutor bishop of Clonfert in 1816. Succeeded in 1831 and died in the summer of 1847.

John Deny having finished his studies at Maynooth as a firstrate student being under age for ordination was appointed junior dean of the college. Subsequently joined the mission of his native diocese and was promoted to the see and consecrated on the 21st of September 1847.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Medieval Bishops of Clonfert


The following is taken from Fr. Thomas Walsh's History of the Irish Hierarchy at p. 309-10:

Thomas O'Kelley, a secular priest, was bishop of Clonfert in October, 1347, and died in 1377.

Maurice O'Kelley also a secular priest, was consecrated in 1378 and was translated to the see of Tuam by Pope Boniface IX in 1394.

David Corre, a Franciscan, was provided by the Pope on the 20th of March, 1398.

William O'Cormacain, archbishop of Tuam, having neglected to expedite his bull of translation, it is said through grief, Thomas O'Kelley, a Dominican remarkable for his piety and liberality was bishop of Clonfert in 1415, was translated to Tuam in 1438. He erected the parish church of Cloonkeen into a convent of Franciscans of the third order at the instance of David and John Imulkerill, professors of the order. He died in 1441.

John O'Heyne, a minorite and provincial of the order in Ireland, succeeded by provision of Pope Eugene IV on the 19th of July, 1438, he sat about four years.

Thomas de Burgo, bishop of Clonfert, sat in 1444 and with the consent of his chapter granted the chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Kilcorbain to the friars of St Dominick at the request of John Fitzrery. Pope Eugene IV confirmed the grant on the 12th of March, 1444. This prelate died in 1446 and was buried at Athenry.

Cornelius O'Mulledy or Mullaly, a Franciscan friar, was promoted to the see by Pope Nicholas V on the 22d of May, 1447, and immediately after was translated to the see of Emly.

It seems that John With was bishop of Clonfert as the bull of Pope Nicholas V expressly calls him so when Cornelius was promoted but he resigned voluntarily through his proctor, Cornelius O'Mulledy.

Cornelius O'Cunlis, a Franciscan friar and bishop of Emly, was by the Pope translated to this see in September, 1448. He lived afterwards in Rome A.D. 1469.

Mathew MacCraih was bishop of Clonfert in 1482. He died at the Franciscan convent, Kilbought, in the county of Galway and was buried in Kilcomaing A.D. 1507. He was a man in high esteem for his many virtues.

David de Burgo, a secular priest provided by Pope Julius II, died in 1508, the year after his promotion.

Denis O Moore, called by Ware and Harris a Franciscan, was of the Dominican family and was provided by Pope Julius II in 1509, as appears from the pontifical bull he was a bachelor of divinit.y Ware and Harris affirm that he was living in July, 1518, but it is probable that he lived until the year 1534.