Bishop of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora

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The Bishop and Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora was an episcopal title which took its name after the small villages of Kilmacduagh in County Galway and Kilfenora in County Clare, Republic of Ireland. Accurately, the title was an alternative sequence of the Bishop of Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora followed by the next holder as the Bishop of Kilfenora and Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh.


It was decreed by Pope Benedict XIV in 1750 that the Episcopal sees of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora were to be united. The ordinary of the united dioceses was to be alternately bishop of one diocese and apostolic administrator of the other, since the two dioceses were in different ecclesiastical provinces. The first holder of this unusual arrangement was Peter Kilkelly, who had been Bishop of Kilmacduagh since 1744, became Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora in September 1750.[1]

Following the resignation of Bishop Patrick Fallon in 1866, John McEvilly, Bishop of Galway (later Archbishop of Tuam), was appointed Apostolic Administrator of both the dioceses of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. In 1883, the see of Kilmacduagh was united with Galway, and the bishops of the united see were also made permanently apostolic administrators of Kilfenora.[1]

List of bishops and apostolic administrators[edit]

For earlier bishops, see Bishop of Kilmacduagh and Bishop of Kilfenora.
Bishops and Apostolic Administrators of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora
From Until Incumbent Notes
1750 1783 Peter Kilkelly Appointed Bishop of Kilmacduagh on 22 June and consecrated on 14 October 1744; he also was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora when the two dioceses united in September 1750; died in office on 29 May 1783
1783 1795 Laurence Nihil Appointed on 23 December 1783; died in office on 29 June 1795
1795 1798 Edward Dillon Appointed coadjutor bishop (with rights of succession) on 21 January 1794; succeeded on 29 June 1795; translated to Tuam on 19 November 1798
1798 1799 (Richard Luke Concanen, O.P.) Appointed on 19 November 1798, but was not consecrated; resigned before 11 December 1799; later he was appointed the first Bishop of New York on 8 April 1808, but died in Naples on 19 June 1810 while waiting to sail to New York City
1800 1823 Nicholas Archdeacon Appointed on 12 October 1800; died in office on 27 November 1823
1824 1852 Edmund Ffrench Appointed on 24 August 1824 and consecrated on 13 March 1825; also was the last Warden of Galway (1812–1831); died in office on 20 July 1852
1853 1866 Patrick Fallon Appointed on 26 January 1853; resigned due to ill health on 31 August 1866 and entered the Passionist order; died at Mount Argus, Dublin on 13 May 1879
1866 1883 John McEvilly Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora in 1866 and relinquished the post in 1883; also was Bishop of Galway (1857–1881), coadjutor archbishop of Tuam (1878–1881) and Archbishop of Tuam (1881–1902)
Since 1883, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora have been part of the united diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora


  1. ^ a b c Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 432–433 and 435–436.
  2. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, volume 2, pp. 166–170.
  3. ^ Diocese of Kilmacduagh. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 28 September 2009.
  4. ^ Diocese of Kilfenora. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 28 September 2009.
  5. ^ History of the Diocese. Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. Retrieved on 28 September 2009.