Michael MacDonagh, O.P.
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||My Lord|
A Dominican friar, he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore by the Holy See on 2 December 1728. His episcopal ordination took place in the Palace of the Vatican on 12 December 1728; the principal consecrator was Pope Benedict XIII.
Bishop MacDonagh returned to Ireland in 1730, but was forced to flee the country in 1739. In a Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, held in Rome on 6 December 1740, he informed the cardinals that he had personally governed the see for nine years, but was incarcerated by Irish magistrates in July 1739. As a Roman Catholic prelate, he would have incurred the penalties of high treason had he not been rescued from the hands of his jailers. On making his escape to Dublin a reward of £200 was offered for his apprehension. His cross, rings, books and papers had been taken from him to serve as evidences of his episcopal rank.
- Brady, W. Maziere (1876). The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, A.D. 1400 to 1875. Volume 1. Rome: Tipografia Della Pace.
- Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. A New History of Ireland. Volume IX. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-821745-5.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
|Catholic Church titles|
as Apostolic Administrator of Kilmore
|Bishop of Kilmore
1728 – 1746
as Bishop of Kilmore