Bishop Denis Hallinan
Bishop Hallinan was a native of the parish from the townland of Graigue. He trained for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome and was ordained in 1874. His first appointment was as a curate in Newcastlewest until 1886 when he was transferred to St. Michael's in the city. On the death of Daniel Fitzgerald of St. Mary's in 1896, he went there. In 1898 Denis Hallinan returned to Newcastlewest as parish priest until his appointment as bishop in 1918.