Collection: Papers of Dr Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin

Collection DescriptionDr Daniel Delany (c 1747-1814) was born to a farming family at Paddock, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Dr Delany’s father, Daniel, and brother, died during his childhood, and his mother, Elizabeth (née Fitzpatrick), sent him to her sisters in Mountrath to be educated. Dr Delany studied for the priesthood at the Irish College, Paris, and was ordained in 1770. He taught at the College of St Omer until 1775 or 1776 when he returned to Ireland, and was appointed curate, Tullow, Co. Carlow. Dr Delany was appointed as Coadjutor Bishop to Dr James Keeffe, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, in 1783, and succeeded him as Bishop after Dr Keeffe died in 1787. Dr Delany undertook various activities to renew religion in the diocese. He began Sunday schools for children in Tullow, and founded two congregations, the Brigidine Sisters (1807) and Patrician Brothers (1808). Dr Delany died at Brigidine Convent, Tullow, on 9 July 1814, and is buried in the town’s parish church.
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Repository: Delany Archive

Repository NameDelany Archive
AddressDelany Archive Trust Carlow College St Patrick’s College Street Carlow
EircodeR93 A003
Telephone(059) 915-3200
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CommentWe are grateful to The Delany Archive's archivist Bernie Deasy for her assistance.

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