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Denis Hallinan

Denis Hallinan (1849-1923)

A near contemporary of Bishop O'Dwyer, he was born in the parish of Coolcappagh, Co. Limerick in 1849. Educated at the Irish College, Rome, he was ordained in 1874.

He served as CC in the parishes of Newcastle West and St Michael's, before becoming Adm of St Michael's and eventually PP of St Mary's in 1895. He was appointed PP Newcastle West in 1898 and nominated Bishop twenty years later, on March 10th 1918.

His episcopacy was short-lived, but he was involved in a number of sensitive political issues. He introduced the Salesians to Limerick, both the priests and Sisters. He died on July 2nd 1923 and is buried in St John's Cathedral.

by Monsignor John Fleming

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