(1825–86), parish priest of Partry, Co. Mayo. A strong opponent of the Second Reformation, Lavelle attacked the harsh treatment of tenants on the estate of the evangelical bishop of Tuam, Thomas Plunkett, in The War in Party (1860). In the early 1860s he became notorious as a Fenian fellow-traveller, preaching at the funeral of Terence Bellew MacManus, becoming vice-president of the Fenian front organization the Brotherhood of St Patrick, and delivering a public lecture (II Feb. 1862) on ‘The Catholic Doctrine of the Right of Revolution’. However, he was protected from Cullen's hostility by his archbishop, MacHale. Conflict with his parishioners led to his transfer to Cong, Co. Mayo, in 1869. In the Galway by-election of 1872, the outcome of which was overturned in a controversial judgement by William Keogh, Lavelle was one of the priests accused of spiritual intimidation.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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