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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)


Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin

Dr. James O’Keeffe


The then Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr. James O’Keeffe begun to look for a site in Tullow to accommodate a Diocesan College and a Cathedral. Having failed to do so he obtained a 999 year lease from William Fishbourne for a four acre site in Carlow Town. Here he began to build Carlow College, Ireland’s first post penal Catholic third level institute.

Source: Carlow Museum

The only person of note buried there, Michael said, is Bishop James O’Keeffe, the man responsible for building Carlow College.

“He passed away in 1787 and requested that he be buried among the poor.”

Source: Michael Purcell 2011

Unveiling of Plaque to Bishop O'Keeffe and Bishop Comerford at Carlow Workman's Club. Cecil Whelan, Chairman of Carlow Town Council, Bishop Patrick Lennon, Kevin Kennedy and the Carlow historian Alec Burns. Can anyone name the young "choir" assembled to sing a few Irish songs or give a date for the event?. Source: Michael Purcell 2013


Source of images: Michael Purcell.


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