Thomas O'Dea

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Thomas O'Dea, Bishop of Clonfert and Bishop of Galway (7 January 1858 – 9 April 1923) was born in Carron, Kilfenora, County Clare, and educated in Ennis and Maynooth.

He was ordained on 25 June 1882 for the Diocese of Galway. He was a member of staff at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, from the date of his ordination; he served as Vice-President from 1894. He was named Bishop of Clonfert on 16 June 1903, replacing Dr. Healy. He became Bishop of Galway on 29 April 1909.

His plans to build a new cathedral for the town were interrupted by World War I. He was a fluent Irish speaker and a supporter of the GAA.[citation needed] He was firstly buried in St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral of Galway, but later re-interred in the crypt of the new Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway.


  • Lickmolassy by the Shannon, p. 200, John Joe Conwell, 1998.