Richard O'Reilly

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Richard O'Reilly
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Richard O'Reilly (1746–1818) was an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1787 to 1818. [1][2][3]

After his education at the Propaganda College in Rome, he was the Parish Priest of Kilcock and Vicar General of Kildare and Leighlin.[1] He was appointed the Titular Bishop of Oropus and Coadjutor of Kildare and Leighlin on 20 June 1781.[1][2][3] The following year, he was appointed the Coadjutor and Administrator of the Metropolitan see of Armagh on 26 February 1782.[1][2][3] On the death of Archbishop Anthony Blake of Armagh on 11 November 1787, O'Reilly automatically succeeded as archbishop and primate.[1][2][3]

He died in office on 31 January 1818, aged 72, and was buried in Drogheda.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, volume 1, p. 231.
  2. ^ a b c d e Archbishop Richard O'Reilly at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 15 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 416.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Anthony Blake
Archbishop of Armagh
and Primate of All Ireland

Succeeded by
Patrick Curtis