Donal Murray

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Donal Murray
Bishop Emeritus of Limerick
Appointed10 February 1996
Installed24 March 1996
Term ended17 December 2009
PredecessorJeremiah Newman
SuccessorBrendan Leahy
Ordination22 May 1966
Consecration18 April 1982
by Dermot Ryan
Personal details
Birth nameDonal Brendan Murray
Born (1940-05-29) 29 May 1940 (age 79)
Dublin, Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Donal Brendan Murray (born 29 May 1940) was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Limerick from 1996 to 2009. He had previously served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Dublin diocese


Early life and ordination[edit]

He was born in Dublin in 1940, was educated at Blackrock College, studied for a BA and master's degrees in Philosophy at University College Dublin, obtained a B.Div at St Patrick's College, Maynooth and his Licence and Doctorate in theology in Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).[1] He was ordained on 22 May 1966.[1]

Priest and bishop[edit]

He lectured in the Mater Dei Institute of Education from 1969, becoming professor of moral theology at Clonliffe College.[1] He also lectured at UCD – from 1973 to 1982 in Catechetics and from 1978 to 1982 in Medical Ethics.[1]

In 1981 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Glenndálocha and Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, making him the youngest bishop at the time, aged only 41.[1] He was appointed as bishop of Limerick on 10 February 1996 by Pope John Paul II. He was installed as Bishop of Limerick on 24 March 1996.[1]

Abuse scandal[edit]

In November 2009, he was pressured to resign from his post after the Murphy Report found that he had mishandled child sexual abuse allegations within his diocese.[2]

He announced his resignation to a congregation, including priests of the Diocese, people working in the Diocesan Office and the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, at 11 am (noon in Rome, the hour of the publication of the decision) in St. John's Cathedral, Limerick.[3]

See also[edit]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jeremiah Newman
Bishop of Limerick
10 February 1996 – 17 December 2009
Succeeded by
Brendan Leahy