William Walsh (archbishop of Dublin)

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William Joseph Walsh
Archbishop of Dublin
and Primate of Ireland
Portrait of William Walsh.jpg
Term ended1921
PredecessorEdward MacCabe
SuccessorEdward Joseph Byrne
Other postsChancellor of the National University of Ireland
Ordination22 May 1866 (Priest)
Consecration2 August 1885 (Archbishop)
Personal details
Birth nameWilliam Joseph Walsh
Born30 January 1841
Dublin, Ireland
Died9 April 1921(1921-04-09) (aged 80)
Dublin, Ireland
BuriedGlasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Alma materMaynooth Seminary College

William Joseph Walsh (30 January 1841 – 9 April 1921) served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 3 July 1885 until his death in 1921.

Early Life and Priestly Ministry[edit]

He was born at 11 Essex Quay in Dublin and educated locally at St. Laurence O’Toole Seminary School, Harcourt St, Dublin, the Catholic University of Ireland and St. Patrick's College, Maynooth where he became Professor of Theology in 1867.[1] He was appointed vice-president of Maynooth in 1878 and president in 1880 until he was appointed Archbishop of Dublin.


Walsh was openly sympathetic to Irish nationalism, and an advocate of both Home Rule and agrarian land reform. It was his support for this movement, led by Michael Davitt, which made the Vatican honour Michael Logue in Armagh with the dignity of Cardinal in 1893 rather than Walsh in Dublin.

Funeral procession for Dr. Walsh, 14 April 1921

Walsh served on the Senate of the Royal University of Ireland (1883–4) and as part of the Commission of National Education (1885–1901).[2]

He was appointed Chancellor of the newly-founded National University of Ireland in 1908, a position he held until he died, after which he was succeeded by Éamon de Valera.


Walsh wrote: the following texts:

  • A Plain Exposition of the Irish Land Act of 1881 (1881).[3]
  • The Queen's Colleges and the Royal University of Ireland (1883–1884).[3]
  • The Irish University Question (1897).[3]
  • Trinity College and the University of Dublin (1902).[3]
  • Trinity College and its Medical School (1906).[3]
  • Harmony of the Gospel Narratives of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Blessed Lord (1907)


  1. ^ Chancellors of the NUI
  2. ^ William Walsh (1885–1921) – Dublin Diocese website
  3. ^ a b c d e public domain Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Walsh, William John". Encyclopædia Britannica. 32 (12th ed.). London & New York. p. 949.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward MacCabe
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
3 July 1885 – 9 April 1921
Succeeded by
Edward Joseph Byrne
Academic offices
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Chancellor of the National University of Ireland
1908 – 1921
Succeeded by
Éamon de Valera