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Catholic Reformation in IrelandThe Mission of Rinuccini 1645-1649$

Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208914.001.0001

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(p.268) Appendix A. The Irish Episcopacy during the Nunciature

(p.268) Appendix A. The Irish Episcopacy during the Nunciature

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Catholic Reformation in Ireland
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Oxford University Press

Name

Diocese and Year of Consecration

The Nuncio’s Evaluation pre-1648

Stance in 1648

1. David Rothe

1. Ossory (1620)

1. Pious but old.

1. Anti-nuncio.

2. Richard Arthur

2. Limerick (1623)

2. Little contact.

2. Already dead (1646).

3. Maurice O’Hurley

3. Emly (1623)

3. Little contact.

3. Already dead (1646).

4. Thomas Dease

4. Meath (1622)

4. Old, troublesome.

4. Strongly anti-nuncio.

5. William Tirry

5 Cork and Cloyne (1623)

5. Old but accommodating.

5. Already dead (1646).

6. Thomas Fleming

6. Dublin (1623)

6. Fat but well meaning.

6. Moderate pro-nuncio.

7. Hugh O’Reilly

7. Armagh (1626)2

7. Reliable but defensive.

7. Pro-nuncio.

8. John O’Cullenan

8. Raphoe (1626)

8. Old but reliable.

8. Strongly pro-nuncio.

9. Boethius MacEgan

9. Elphin (1626)

9. Old but reliable.

9. Pro-nuncio.

10. Thomas Walsh

10. Cashel (1626)

10. Mild but well meaning.

10. Very moderate anti-nuncio.

11. Eugene MacSweeny

11. Kilmore (1630)

11. Little if any contact.

11. Pro-nuncio.

12. Patrick Comerford

12. Waterford and Lismore (1629)12. Old but reliable.

12. Very moderate pro-nuncio.4

13. Malachy O’Queely

13. Tuam (1630)

13. Lamented his death.

13. Already dead (1645).

14. John O’Moloney

14. Killaloe (1630)

14. Little apparent contact.

14. Pro-nuncio.

15. Richard O’Connell

15. Ardfert (1643)

15. Old but committed.

15. Pro-nuncio.

16. John Bourke

16. Clonfert (1642)3

16. Mediocre, troublesome.

16. Strongly anti-nuncio.

17. Edward O’Dempsey

17. Leighlin (1643?)

17. Reliable, unimpressive.

17. Pro-nuncio.

18. Heber MacMahon

18. Clogher (1643)

18. Reliable, too political.

18. Strongly pro-nuncio.

19. Nicholas French

19. Ferns (1645)

19. Best Irish bishop.

19. Anti-nuncio.

20. Edmund O’Dwyer

20. Limerick (1645)

20. Reliable and able.

20. Anti-nuncio.

21. Francis Kirwan

21. Killala (1645)

21. Little apparent contact.

21. Strongly anti-nuncio.

22. Patrick Plunkett

22. Ardagh (1648)

22. Politically useful.

22. Anti-nuncio.

23. Anthony MacGeoghegan

23. Clonmacnoise (1648)

23. Reliable.

23. Strongly pro-nuncio.

24. Arthur Magennis

24. Down/Connor (1648?)

24. Reliable.

24. Strongly pro-nuncio.

25. Oliver Darcy

25. Dromore (1648)

25. Influential with Preston.

25. Strongly anti-nuncio.

26. Terrence O’Brien

26. Emly (1648)

26. Reliable, zealous.

26. Strongly pro-nuncio.

27. Boethius MacEgan

27. Ross (1648)

27. Reliable, close to O’Neill.

27. Strongly pro-nuncio.

28. Andrew Lynch

28. Kilfenora (1647)

28. Weak, unimpressive.

28. Strongly anti-nuncio.

29. Walter Lynch

29. Clonfert (1648)

29. Reliable, zealous.

29. Strongly pro-nuncio.

30. Robert Barry

30. Cork/Cloyne (1648)

30. Reliable, zealous.

30. Strongly pro-nuncio.

31. Hugh Bourke

31. Kilmacduagh (1648?)

31. Able.

31. Anti-nuncio

1 Much of the information in this and the following column is based on D. F. Cregan, ‘The Social and Cultural Backgrund of a Counter-Reformation Episcopate 1618–60’, in A. Cosgrove and D. MacCartney (eds.), Studies in Irish History Presented to R. Dudley Edwards (Dublin, 1979), 87.

2 He was consecrated as bishop of Kilmore and transferred to Armagh in 1628.

3 Subsequently transferred to Tuam in 1647.

4 However, he ultimately participated in the negotiation of the second Ormond peace.

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