John Healy (bishop)

The Most Rev. Dr 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.[1][2]

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John Healy, D.D., LL.D., M.R.I A.
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Born on 2 January 1841 in Ballinafad, County Sligo, 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.[3]

He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Clonfert and Titular Bishop of Macri on 26 June 1884. His episcopal ordination took place on 31 August 1884. He succeeded as the Diocesan Bishop of Clonfert on 15 August 1896. He translated to the archbishopric of Tuam on 13 February 1903, where he reestablished pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick.[4] 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.[2][3]

Archbishop Healy died in office on 19 March 1918, aged 77.[1][2] A biography of his life was published by The Rev. P.J. Joyce in 1931, titled John Healy, Archbishop of Tuam (H. Gill and Sons, Dublin 1931). Healy was a noted academic, and published a number of works on Irish and church history, with a particular emphasis on Early Christian Ireland.



  1. ^ a b Archbishop John Healy. Catholic Hierarchy website. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 444. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ a b 'The Archbishop of Tuam' (obituary) in The Times dated March 18, 1918, Issue 41740, p. 10, col. E
  4. ^ Shovlin, John. "Pilgrimage and the Construction of Irish National Identity". Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. 11: 66–69.

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Preceded by
Patrick Duggan
Bishop of Clonfert
Succeeded by
Thomas O'Dea
Preceded by
John McEvilly
Archbishop of Tuam
Succeeded by
Thomas Gilmartin