Michael MacDonagh

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Michael MacDonagh, O.P.
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Michael MacDonagh, O.P. (1698–1746) was an Irish Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of Kilmore from 1728 to 1746.

A Dominican friar, he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore by the Holy See on 2 December 1728.[1][2][3] His episcopal ordination took place in the Palace of the Vatican on 12 December 1728; the principal consecrator was Pope Benedict XIII.[1][2][3]

Bishop MacDonagh returned to Ireland in 1730, but was forced to flee the country in 1739.[4] 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.[4] 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.[4] On making his escape to Dublin a reward of £200 was offered for his apprehension.[4] His cross, rings, books and papers had been taken from him to serve as evidences of his episcopal rank.[4]

He remained in exile until his death in Lisbon, Portugal on 26 November 1746, aged 48,[1][2][3] and was buried there in the church of Irish Dominicans.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael McDonough, O.P". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 436.
  3. ^ a b c Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, p. 349.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 1, p. 285.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Hugh MacMahon
as Apostolic Administrator of Kilmore
Bishop of Kilmore
1728 – 1746
Succeeded by
Laurence Richardson
as Bishop of Kilmore