Oct 23, 2017

Conference: Bishop O'Dwyer

Friday 13th October saw a packed event taking place in Mary Immaculate College, revisiting the legacy of Limerick’s ‘difficult bishop’. Hosted by the Limerick Diocesan Archives & the Department of History, MIC, the conference assessed the legacy of Bishop Edward Thomas O’Dwyer of Limerick, on the centenary of his death. For instance, did you know that:

  • While Bishop of Limerick he helped establish Mary Immaculate College for ‘the advancement of Catholic education through the noble tradition of teacher training’.
  • As Bishop he supported Home Rule for Ireland, but disagreed with the Plan of Campaign of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Following the Easter Rising in 1916, he took a strong stand against repression in a letter — which he published—to the British military commander General Sir John Maxwell, which made him a hero among Irish nationalists.


HERE are some photographs from last week's conference

A short account of the proceedings is available HERE

A write up in the Limerick Post is HERE