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He was born on 15 April 1818 in Louisburgh, a small town near Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. He entered the Seminary of Tuam in January 1833, then sent to Maynooth College in September 1833, where among his contemporaries was the future Archbishop of Armagh Joseph Dixon. In 1842, McEvilly was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Tuam.
On 9 January 1857, he was appointed the Bishop of Galway by the Holy See and was consecrated on 22 March 1857 by the Most Reverend John MacHale, Archbishop of Tuam. While as Bishop of Galway, McEvilly was appointed the Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora in September 1866 and appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Tuam on 11 January 1878. On the death of Archbishop MacHale, he succeeded as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tuam on 7 November 1881.
He was instrumental in setting up St Joseph's Industrial School, Letterfrack.
- "Archbishop Francis John McEvilly". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, volume 2, p. 233.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 430.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 430, 436, and 444.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 444.
- Brady, W. Maziere (1876). The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, A.D. 1400 to 1875. Volume 2. Rome: Tipografia Della Pace.
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| Bishop of Galway
|Became part of the united Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora in 1883|
Patrick Fallon (bishop)
| Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora|
| Archbishop of Tuam
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