Tomás Ó Fiaich

Tomás Ó Fiaich was born in Cullyhanna in south Co. Armagh 3 November 1923. He received his early education at St. Patrick's College in Armagh City and was ordained into the priesthood on 6 July 1948.

A noted scholar in the Irish language and with a profound interest in folk lore and history he joined the teaching staff of St. Patrick's College Maynooth in 1953 where from 1959 until 1974 he was professor of modern history. He became vice president of Maynooth in 1970 and in 1974 was made president of the college.

In spite of his academic background he was appointed to the vacant archbishopric of Armagh and the Primacy of all Ireland in August 1977 and was raised to cardinal just two years later. During his primacy he held a high profile in Irish public life on both sides of the border. He welcomed Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979 and continued to follow his deep interest in Irish and local history. He became a key figure also in the political life of Northern Ireland as the 'Troubles' continued to unfold.

Tomás Ó Fiaich died suddenly at the age of 66 whilst leading a diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in May 1990. He is buried in the grounds of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh.

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