Patrick McKenna (bishop)

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Patrick McKenna
Bishop of Clogher
Church Catholic Church
See Clogher
In office 10 October 1909 - 7 February 1942;
Predecessor Bishop Richard Owens
Successor Bishop Eugene O'Callaghan
Personal details
Born 9 August 1868
Moybridge, Errigal Truagh
Previous post unknown

The Most Rev. Dr. Patrick McKenna (9 August 1868 – 7 February 1942) was a Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher in Ireland.

Born at Moybridge in the parish of Errigal Truagh,County Monaghan, he studied at St. Macartan's College, Monaghan and Maynooth College. He was a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Clogher, Ireland, ordained in 1894. Following post-graduate studies at Maynooth he returned to the Diocese to serve as curate in the parish of Currin. He had taught for a time in St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny, following which he returned to Clogher Diocese to become curate in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. He was appointed Professor of Moral Theology & Canon Law in Maynooth in 1904.

He was appointed the Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher on 1 June 1909, following the death of his predecessor, Richard Owens.

He was ordained bishop on 10 October 1909.[1] During his term he had to contend with political strife and enormous political change, most especially the effects of the partition of Ireland- which also partitioned his diocese. He was a strong supporter of the Irish language and culture and did not hide from aligning himself with Nationalist and Republican leaders such as Eoin O'Duffy, on one occasion giving O'Duffy a glowing reference for a post with Monaghan County Council. While he regularly condemned the actions of the British forces in Ireland and the excesses of the IRA during the Irish War of Independence, he supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. However, he also opposed partition and was specially mindful of the nationalist people of his diocese who were cut off from the new Irish Free State.

As a Bishop he was very popular among his priests and people and his clerical changes of priests between parishes became known as promotions rather than transfers. He introduced many changes to Diocesan policy, particularly regarding the celebrations of funerals. He died in office on 7 February 1942 having served as bishop of his diocese for just over thirty-two years. McKenna was succeeded by Eugene O'Callaghan.

The Ulster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Ulster GAA) has a Gaelic Football competition, the Dr. McKenna Cup, named after the bishop. He presented the Dr. McKenna Cup to the Ulster Council GAA in 1925. It was first played for in 1927.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Bishop McKenna
  2. ^ The McKenna Cup History Gaelic Life

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Bishop Richard Owens
Bishop of Clogher
1909 – 1943
Succeeded by
Bishop Eugene O'Callaghan