Terence O'Brien (bishop)
Terence Albert O Brien
|Bishop of Emly|
|Appointed||30 october 1651|
|Term ended||1 (O.S.)/11 (N.S.) February 1612|
|Predecessor||Maurice Hurley (bishop)|
|Successor||See vacant to William Burgat in 1657|
|Consecration||by Nicolas de Pellevé|
|Died||october 30 of 1651
|Feast day||20 June|
|Venerated in||6 July 1991|
|Beatified||27 September 1992
by Pope John Paul II
O'Brien hailed from Cappamore, County Limerick and joined the Dominicans, studying at Toledo and Limerick. He was consecrated Bishop of Emly by Giovanni Battista Rinuccini. During the Irish Confederate Wars, like most Irish Catholics, he sided with Confederate Ireland. The bishop would treat the wounded and support Confederate soldiers throughout the conflict. O'Brien was against a peace treaty that did not guarantee Catholic interests in Ireland and signed the declaration against the Confederate's truce with the Earl of Inchiquin in 1648 who had committed atrocities against Catholic clergy and civilians, and the declaration against the Protestant royalist leader the Duke of Ormonde in 1650 who, due to his failure to resist the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland was not deemed fit to command Catholic troops.
In 1651 Limerick was besieged and O'Brien urged a resistance that infuriated the Ormondists and Parliamentarians. Following surrender he was denied quarter and protection. Major General Purcell, Father Wolf and O'Brien were brought before a court martial and ordered for execution by General Henry Ireton.
On 27 September 1992, O'Brien and sixteen other Irish Catholic Martyrs, including Dermot O'Hurley, were beatified by Pope John Paul II. He died a martyr, following his execution in Limerick. A large backlighted portrait of him is on display in St. Michael's Church, Cappamore, Co. Limerick, which depicts him during The Siege of Limerick.
- O'Brien at The Catholic Encyclopedia
- 'Terence Albert O'Brien' file at Limerick City Library, Ireland
- 'Lengthy biographic article from Hibernian Magazine 1864, p. 246
- Terence Albert O'Brien. The Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved Sep. 28, 2007.
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