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Thomas O'Herlahy

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Died  1579

Thomas O'Herlahy (O'Herlihy, O'Hiarlaithe) (died 1579) was the Catholic Bishop of Ross, Ireland (Rosscarbery).

Consecrated about 1560, he was one of three Irish bishops attending the Council of Trent. He tried to enforce its decrees, but fled with his chaplain to a small island. There he was betrayed to John Perrot, President of Munster, who sent him in chains to the Tower of London.

Simultaneously with Primate Creagh, he was confined until released after about three years and seven months on the security of Cormac MacCarthy, Lord of Muskery. He intended to retire to Flanders, but ill health contracted in prison induced him to return to Ireland. He was apprehended at Dublin, but released on exhibiting his discharge, and proceeded to Muskery under MacCarthy's protection.

Disliking the lavishness of that nobleman's house, he withdrew to a small farm and lived austerely. He made a visitation of his diocese yearly, and on great festivals officiated and preached in a neighbouring church. Thus, though afflicted with dropsy, he lived until his sixtieth (or seventieth) year. He was buried in Kilcrea Friary, County Cork.

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