Henry O'Hara

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Henry Stewart O’Hara (6 September 1843 – 11 December 1923) was an eminent Church of Ireland priest[1] in the last decades of the 19th century and the early ones of the 20th.[2]

O’Hara was born on 6 September 1843 into an ecclesiastical family: his father was for many years Rector of Coleraine,[3] a post he himself was to hold from 1869 to 1894. Educated at Leicester Collegiate School and Trinity College, Dublin, he was ordained in 1867. While based in Coleraine, he was from 1884 to 1898 Chancellor of Connor Cathedral. In 1894 he was appointed Vicar of Belfast,[4] from 1897 he was also a Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and in 1899 he became the first dean) of Belfast.[5] In a meeting of the Bench of Bishops of the Church of Ireland on 6 February 1900, he was elected Bishop of Cashel, Emly, Waterford and Lismore,[6][7] and he was consecrated bishop by the Archbishop of Dublin at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on 24 February 1900.[8] He served as such until his retirement in 1919.[9]

Following his consecration as bishop, he received the degrees of Bachelor and Doctor in Sacra Theologia from Trinity College, Dublin in February 1900.[10]

He died on 11 December 1923.[11] He had married Hatton Thomasina, the daughter of Thomas Scott of Willsboro.[12]


  1. ^ National Library of Ireland
  2. ^ Handbook of British Chronology by Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E; Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996, ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505
  3. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "ECCLESIASTICAL APPOINTMENTS . The Standard (London, England), Thursday, July 12, 1894; pg. 8; Issue 21848. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
  5. ^ Belfast Cathedral
  6. ^ "Ireland". The Times (36059). London. 7 February 1900. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "A New History of Ireland" by Theodore William Moody, F. X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  8. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36075). London. 26 February 1900. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Kellys, 1913
  10. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36077). London. 28 February 1900. p. 7. 
  11. ^ The Times, Thursday, December 27, 1923; pg. 5; Issue 43533; col G Deaths
  12. ^ A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland, 1912, Bernard Burke
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Dean of Belfast
Succeeded by
Charles Frederick D'Arcy
Preceded by
Maurice FitzGerald Day
Bishop of Cashel, Emly, Waterford and Lismore
Succeeded by
Robert Miller