A dean is often the chief resident cleric of a cathedral or other collegiate church and the head of the chapter of canons. Some cathedral chapters are headed by Archpriests, Provosts or ( as in the mediaeval chapters of St David's and Llandaff until later reforms) a Precentor. If the cathedral or collegiate church has its own parish, the dean is now generally also rector of the parish. In the Church of Ireland dioceses of Clogher, Connor, and Dromore the roles are, however, often separated.
1230 - Máel Muire Ó Lachtáin. Became archbishop in 1236. "He undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and committed an account of his travels to writing. He died at Athlone, shortly before Christmas, in the year 1249."
The Chapter of Tuam consists, in addition to the Dean, a Provost: The Very Reverend Denis Sandes (2010); an Archdeacon: The Venerable Gary Hastings (2007) and the Prebendaries of Balla: The Provost (2010); Faldown & Kilmainmore: The Archdeacon; Kilmeen & Kilmoylan: The Revd Doris Clements (2011) Taghsaxon & Laccagh: The Revd Maureen Ryan (2005) and Killybegs: Vacant