18 - Archbishop John Healy

Archbishop of Tuam 1903 - 1919

Gerry Costello

Archbishop John Healy

Archbishop John Healy D.D., LL.D., M.R.I A.,(1841–1918) was an Irish clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Clonfert from 1896 to 1903 and Archbishop of Tuam from 1903 to 1918.

Born on 2nd January 1841 in Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland, Healy was educated at Maynooth College, where he was ordained a priest in September 1867. He then served as a curate and parish priest in the diocese of Elphin, before being offered two professorial chairs at Maynooth, those of Theology and Classics. He accepted the first and held it until 1883, when he became Prefect of Maynooth.

He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Clonfert and Titular Bishop of Macri on 26th. June 1884. His episcopal ordination took place on 31st. August 1884. He succeeded as the Diocesan Bishop of Clonfert on 15th. August 1896. He translated to the archbishopric of Tuam on 13th. February 1903. He was also a Senator of the National University of Ireland (having been part of the campaign to establish it), a governor of University College, Galway, and a member of the Board of Agriculture. He once told Irish Nationalists that before demanding self-government they should make themselves fit for it. He died in office on 19 March 1918, aged 77.









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  • Question over location & date it birth. Your article says Elphin 02/01/1841. Was it not Ballinafad Co Sligo 14/11/1841. Please advise

    By Nicholas Lyons (17/02/2016)
  • The majority of the records that I checked tell me he was Born on 2 January 1841 in Elphin, County Roscommon. I also found his birth date as November 14th. 1841 in a few records. But they all stated Elphin which, of course, could mean the Diocese of Elphin when they mean church matters and I do think that Ballinafad is in the Diocese of Elphin but I’m not sure. I will try to check with Maynooth College to see what they have on their records. Last December I published a local book “The Curates & The Paris Priests of Killoscobe” and used the article you read in it when I covered the Archbishops of Tuam. This book was read by the current Archbishop and his office did not dispute or correct any of the dates but then they probably did not delve in too deeply. I will try some more research just to try and be sure. Will keep you posted

    By Gerry Costello (17/02/2016)

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