November 30, 1763|
|Died||December 14, 1843(aged 80)|
Father Andrew Fitzgerald O.P (November 30, 1763 – December 14, 1843) was a Dominican friar and professor of theology from Kilkenny, Ireland. He attended Kilkenny College, and University of Louvain. He was a professor at St. Patrick's College, Carlow. Fitzgerald taught classics, philosophy, theology and sacred scripture. He was chair of divinity, and president. at St. Patrick's. In 1811 he set up a school for girls in Carlow town.
Fitzgerald was imprisoned during the Tithe War in 1832 for his refusal to pay tithes. In 1835, the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said "Mr. Fitzgerald is a lovable old man; democratic and Catholic fervour is shown more openly with him than with the Bishop."
A native of Kilkenny, he was born in 1763 to James FitzGerald and Mary Fitzgerald (née Knarsborough) on High Street, he went to school in the Church of Ireland run Kilkenny College and at the age of 16 went to study in the University of Louvain, becoming a Dominican friar. He also studied in Lisbon, where he was awarded degree of master of arts, on 4 September 1788.
He joined the teaching staff at Carlow College on 1 March 1800. At Carlow he taught classics, philosophy, theology and sacred scripture. In 1810 Fitzgerlad, then professor of theology at Carlow College, invited the Presentation Sisters to set up a school for girls in Carlow, which they did in 1811.
He succeeded Dr. Henry Staunton in 1814 to become president of the college, some years earlier he had left his teaching position being replaced by James Warren Doyle, in dispute with the college only to return soon afterwards.
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