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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost


Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 29. Ecclesiastical

Policy of persecution adopted by the English; Names of several Catholic priests martyred for their faith

From the beginning of their establishment in the county, it became the policy of the English party to extirpate the Catholic clergy. The author of a MS. preserved in the library of the College of the Irish Franciscans at Prague is the writer who is most copious in his account of those who suffered for their faith in Clare during the reigns of Henry VIII., Elizabeth, and James I. His name is Matthew Magrath, “Chrahius,” the Vicar-General of the Diocese of Killaloe referred to by Bishop Rider. The book was brought to Prague in 1660, by Daniel Conroy (Maoelconry), who was a relative of Magrath. Of those natives of the county who lost their lives for the faith, he mentions the following: A.D. 1579, Teige O’Daly of Finnavarra, a friar of the order of St. Frances, was arrested in the Franciscan Convent at Askeaton, and executed in that town; A.D. 1580, Daniel Neylan, having studied for twenty years in Spain, became a Dominican monk; after he returned to his native country, he was executed at Youghal in 1580. Dermot O’Mulruony, a native of Muricensi (thus in the Latin), near Tubber, was ordained a Franciscan friar at Limerick; thence he was sent to Spain to complete his studies. When he came back he preached to the dispersed Catholics of Thomond, and going to Gabally (?) was there made prisoner and put to death in the year 1617.

 

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