The Most Reverend
|Bishop Emeritus of Limerick|
|Appointed||10 February 1996|
|Installed||24 March 1996|
|Term ended||17 December 2009|
|Ordination||22 May 1966|
|Consecration||18 April 1982|
by Dermot Ryan
|Birth name||Donal Brendan Murray|
|Born||29 May 1940|
Early life and ordination
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). He was ordained on 22 May 1966.
Priest and bishop
He lectured in the Mater Dei Institute of Education from 1969, becoming professor of moral theology at Clonliffe College. He also lectured at UCD – from 1973 to 1982 in Catechetics and from 1978 to 1982 in Medical Ethics.
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. 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.
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.
- Murphy Report
- Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland
- Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country
- Roman Catholicism in Ireland
- Ivan Payne – subject of chapter 24 of the Murphy Report
- Thomas Naughton – named in chapter 29 of the Murphy Report
- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Primate of Ireland and Archbishop of Dublin
- Eamonn Oliver Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin – named in report
- Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, and former Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin
- Bishop Donal Murray, by Monsignor John Fleming, limerickdioceseheritage.org
- Pressure on bishops to resign
- Statement by Bishop Donal Murray on his resignation as Bishop of Limerick
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Limerick
10 February 1996 – 17 December 2009