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Archdeacon of Tuam

The Archdeacon of Tuam was a post held in the Diocese of Tuam, from the creation of the diocese at the Synod of Rathbreasail in 1111.


In the Catholic Church, the post of archdeacon, generally a priest, was once one of great importance as a senior official of a diocese. It has fallen into disuse, and its duties are now part of the work of such officials as the auxiliary and/or coadjutor bishops, the vicar general, the episcopal vicar, and the vicar forane/dean/archpriest.

After the Reformation, there were parallel successions, one Church of Ireland, the other Roman Catholic.

Succession lists (incomplete)

Roman Catholic

  • 1201-23: Alan.
  • 1231: Stephen Ó Breen.
  • 1233: Christian.
  • 1243: Maol Eoin Ó Crechain Archdeacon of Tuam, after his return from beyond the sea as a Professor, died in Dublin.
  • 1244: The Archdeacon of Tuam was drowned in Glass Linn in Cluain, near Tuam.
  • 1266: Thomas Ó Maol Chonaire. He was a member of the distinguished family of O'Malconry, who for many generations were hereditary historians and bards of the kingdom of Connacht.
  • 1289-1306: Phillip le Blount, or le Blond. In 1297 he was Commissary of the Archbishop; in which capacity he engaged in a fierce quarrel with the Dominican monks of Athenry, a full account of which may be seen in Harri's Ware, p. 609. He was still Archdeacon in 1306.
  • 13??: Seoán Ó Leaáin, in 1332 bip. clonfert.
  • c.1400: John Ó Ceallaigh.
  • 1499: William de Bermingham, Archdeacon, died 26 December 1499.
  • 1523: Phelim.
  • 1536-73: Vacant, the revenues been usurped by Thomas de Burgo.

Church of Ireland

  • 1615: Moriarty Hanyn, a man able to teach in Irish. Held the prebend of Kilmeen.
  • 1622: Florence Kelly, M.A. Held prebend of Kilmoylan.
  • 16??-1662: John Woolhouse or Woodhouse, died 1662.
  • 1662-?: Dudley Persse, B.D., Dean of Kilmacduagh, Prebend of Clonfert, collated Archdeacon 2 October * 1662-1700?: In 1663 he obtained the Prebend of Tysaxon, Athenry. Held all till his death in 1699 or 1700.
  • 1700-1703: Sir Thomas Vesey, Bart., M.A. son of Dr. Vesey, Archbishop of Tuam, born in County Cork. (Archdeacon as of 25 June 1700, resigned in 1703. Later Bishop of Killaloe, 1813)
  • 1703-1706: Edward Chichester, M.A.
  • 1706-1731: Theodore Maurice, M.A.
  • 1731-1743: Nicholas Synge, M.A. Son of Dr. E. Synge, Archbishop of Tuam. (afterwards Archdeacon of Dublin 1743 and, in 1745, Bishop of Killaloe.
  • 1743-1745: Gabriel James Maturin D.D. (afterwards Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral 1745)
  • 1746-1771: John Crampton
  • 1771-1805: Edmund Burton (afterwards Dean of Killala 1805)
  • 1806: Thomas Vesey Dawson
  • 1806-?: Charles Warburton.
  • 2007–present: Gary Hastings

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