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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)


Bishop Patrick Foley

(1857 1926)


Dr. Patrick Foley

Dr. Patrick Foley was born in 1857 at Mensal Lodge, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow and was educated in both the Lay and Ecclesiastical Departments of Carlow College. He graduated with a B.A. from London University.

After his ordination he was appointed professor at the College in 1881. In 1886, he became vice-president and in 1892 President.

1892 was also the year of the transfer of the Lay Department entirely to Knockbeg. The Seminary had expanded in numbers and from then on the Junior House or Philosophy students were housed in the former Lay College wing.

Bishop Michael Comerford, Co-adjutor Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, died suddenly in 1895. Patrick Foley at the age of thirty-eight was chosen in 1895 as Co-adjutor Bishop.

Bishop Lynch, at almost ninety years of age, died in the following year and was succeeded in the See of Kildare and Leighlin by Bishop Foley. His episcopate of thirty years saw very significant changes in Ireland. Bishop Foley was very involved on behalf of the bishops of Ireland in educational matters. He died in 1926.

Source: Kildare & Leighlin Diocese 2004 - -2008. Developed by CatholicIreland.net (GetOnline division)


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