DONNELLAN/VARIANTS CATHOLIC CLERGY
ITEM I - Clontuskert Augustinian Abbey:
--From the "HISTORY OF GALWAY", published
by the Celtic Bookshop in 1999.
--"By the end of the 13th century, this was one of the richest
monasteries in the
--diocese of Clonfert. The priory had become corrupt by the second
half of the 14th
--century; its prior, Cabricus, was replaced by Thady O'Donnellan
ITEM II - From "Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent"
(on the WEB):
--Irish Confessors and Martyrs (2) Under Queen Elizabeth
--Roger O'Donnellan, Cahill McGoran, Peter McQuillan, Patrick
--Pillan, priests, and Roger O'Hanlon (more correctly McHenlea,
in Curry), lay
--brother, O.S.F. -- died, 13 February, Dublin Castle, but the
date can scarcely be
--correct for all;
--There is a priest, alleged to be a son of Archbishop
Nehemiah, who is named either
--Nicholas or Murtogh, who was a Lector in the Augustinean Convent
--and Province of Austria. I have a reliable report that he was
recommended to be
--made the Archbishop of Tuam in 1647 (Rinuccini's Letter - Brady's
--Succession). This may, or may not be the Murtough mentioned
as ITEM IV below,
--in the TCD records, or in the Bishop Maurice Donnellan biography.
I am still
--attempting to gather data on these individuals
--There is a Bishop/Father Murtough Donelan (RC) who
was the son of the Anglican
--Archbishop of Tuam - Nehemiah Donnellan - in the early to mid
--There is a memorial called the "Bishop's Chair"
constructed of Ballydonnellan
--stone. It honors both Bishop O'Donnellan and Bishop Teige Keogh
-and is in
--Mullagh, Co. Galway. I suspect it is dedicated to Bishop Maurice
--Please note it is constructed of Ballydonnellan stone - connecting
--circumstantially to the same extended family. I could not find
this memorial on the
--trip to Ireland but did locate a picture of it on the web.
--From the CD, "Irish Memorials to the Dead",
there is (or was) the following:
--inscription on a stone at the Abbey of Kilconnell:
--"Hic iacet. D. Iacob. Donelan. s:t:aci:Can:
Doctor: Obit: 29. 8--Bris.1701.
--cuius.memoriam,Hoc. Monumentum.ER. Ectum.-Fuit. Ab. illusttrismo.
--Here lies D. Jacob Donelan s:t:aci: [I don't know what these
--trying to say] Can: Doctor died August 29 1701 Bris[tol?], in
whose memory this
--monument has been erected by the most illustrious do.do [abbreviation
--donando to mean donor???--would be a stretch] Maurice Donelan
from Clune in
--the Year of our Lord 1705, also for his own monument.
--And still another stone read:
--2 anno 1706 obijt illustrissimus Dmominus Mauritius
--Clonfertensis, vir pius, Doctus, et prudens, seraphici instituti
--2 in the year 1706 died the most illustrious Lord Maurice Donnellan,
Bishop (?) of
--Clonfert, a pious man, educated and wise, a professed tertiary
of the angelic way
--of life [ie, Franciscans?] into the same--[ breaks off here?].
See Maurice Donnellan
--From "A Hidden Church: the Diocese of Achonry
1689-1818" by Liam Swords.
--There were two Donnellan brothers - Peter and Andrew - who were
--Clonfert in the mid to late 1700s. My genealogical data places
them as the sons of
--William Donnellan of Killaghmore. Peter is said to be born in
1678 and died in
--1778. The book describes both brothers as being "ancient
and enfeebled" as well
--as being octogenarians [ The Irish of this time are notorious
for inaccuracies in
--spelling their names, if they could spell, and recording of
--The book describes Bishop Peter as ordaining priests, ministering
to his flock and
--in general risking his life to perform his clerical duties during
these trying times.
ITEM VIII -
--From Maynooth College.
--The following are listed in Patrick J. Hamell's Maynooth students
and ordinations, --1795-1895 (Maynooth, 1982 and in a second volume,
--Donellan, Bartholomew. Diocese of Kildare. Matriculated 30.10.1816
----date of ordination
--Donellan, John. Diocese of Meath. No date of matriculation.
--Donnellan, Michael. Diocese of Dublin. Matriculated 1.9.1814
No date of
--Donnellan, Thomas. Diocese of Meath. Matriculated 5.9.1818
--Donnellan, Michael. Diocese of Meath. Matriculated 25.9.1820.
--Donnellan, John. Diocese of Elphin. Matriculated 28.8.1867.
--Donnellan, James. Diocese of Tuam. Matriculated 16.1.1871. No
--Donnellan, Bartholomew. D. of Elphin. Mat. 29.8.1872. Ord. 24.6.1878
--Donnellan, John. D. of Killaloe. Mat. 2.9.1874. Ord. 29.6.1880
--Donnellan, Patrick. D of Tuam. Mat. 5.9.1874. No date of ord.
--Donnellan, Michael. D. of Tuam. Mat. 8.9.1883. Ord. 24.6.1890
--Donnellan, Martin. D. of Tuam. Mat. 9.9.1886. Died 1889-90
--Donnellan, Michael. D. of Tuam. Mat. 1.9.1887. Ord. 24.6.1894
--Donnellan, Thomas. D of Meath. Mat. 29.8.1890. Ord. 21.6.1896
--Donnellan, Luke. D. of Armagh. Mat. 28.8.1896. Ord. 22.6.1902
--Donlon, James. D. of Ardagh. Ordained 1917.
--Donlon, James. D. of Elphin. Ord. 1930.
--Donnellan, Peter. D. of Elphin. Ord. 1905.
--Donnellan, John. D. of Elphin. Ord. 1914.
--Donnellan, Patrick. D. of Tuam. Ord. 1915.
--Donnellan, Patrick. D. of Tuam. Ord. 8.6.1980
--Unfortunately we have no further information on these
students. Where there
--is no date of ordination, this means that they were either ordained
--College (usually in their home parish) or left before ordination.
To follow their
--careers, your best option is to consult the Irish Catholic Directory
which began in
--1836 and is published annually. This will tell you what parishes
they served in and
--when they died.
--The afore described entry was provided by Ms. Agnes Neligan,