Patrick Clune

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The Most Reverend

Patrick Clune

4th Roman Catholic Archbishop
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Archbishop Clune at Fremantle wharf (1927)
DioceseArchdiocese of Perth
Installed28 August 1913[1]
Term ended24 May 1935
PredecessorMatthew Gibney
SuccessorRedmond Prendiville
Other postsBishop of Perth (1910 – 1913)
Ordination24 June 1886 (Priest)[1]
Consecration17 March 1911 (Bishop)[1]
Personal details
Birth namePatrick Joseph Clune
Born(1864-01-06)6 January 1864
Ruan, County Clare, Ireland[2]
Died24 May 1935(1935-05-24) (aged 71)
Perth, Western Australia
BuriedKarrakatta Cemetery, Perth
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
OccupationRoman Catholic bishop
Alma materAll Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland

Patrick Joseph Clune, DD CSsR, (6 January 1864 in Ruan, County Clare, Ireland – 24 May 1935 in Perth, Western Australia), an Australian metropolitan bishop, was the fourth Roman Catholic Bishop of Perth and first Archbishop of Perth. Clune served continuously in these roles from 1910 to 1935.

Early years and background[edit]

Clune was educated in Ruan and at St Flannan's College in Ennis. In 1879 he entered the Catholic Missionary All Hallows College in Dublin to study for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1886, aged 22. His first appointment was to St Patrick's College, Goulburn in New South Wales.[2]

He professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) on 13 September 1894.

Bishop and archbishop of Perth[edit]

He was consecrated by Cardinal Patrick Moran on 17 March 1911. In 1913 he was elevated to the role of Archbishop, the first such position available in Perth.[2]

Prior to December 1920, Archbishop Clune acted as an intermediary between David Lloyd George and the Irish leaders during the Irish War of Independence;[3] he had a strong personal interest in the outcome since his nephew Conor Clune had been executed by the British in what seems to have been a case of mistaken identity.

He played a significant role in the split of Christian Brothers College, Perth to form Aquinas College in the 1930s.

He died on 24 May 1935 and was buried in Karrakatta Cemetery.[2] His remains were exhumed in June 2013, and reinterred in the crypt of St Mary's Cathedral Perth in September 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop Patrick Joseph Clune, C.Ss.R." The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Bourke, D. F. "Clune, Patrick Joseph (1864–1935)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  3. ^ Ainsworth, John S. (2000). British Security Policy in Ireland, 1920–1921: A Desperate Attempt by the Crown to Maintain Anglo-Irish Unity by Force. Proceedings 11th Irish-Australian Conference, Murdoch University, Perth. p. 5.

Further reading[edit]

  • Winship, John A (2010). Our cathedral : a history of St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia (paperback). Perth, Western Australia: Archdiocese of Perth. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-453-75519-8.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Matthew Gibney
4th Catholic Bishop of Perth
1910 – 1913
Succeeded by
Preceded by
1st Catholic Archbishop of Perth
1913 – 1935
Succeeded by
Redmond Prendiville