(1876–1942), nationalist priest. Initially a supporter of Count Plunkett (see liberty league), he became vice-chairman of the second Sinn Féin but was relegated to the sidelines after the establishment of the Dáil, at whose first meeting he read prayers. He was one of those known to be unhappy with the drift towards violence during 1919 (see anglo-irish war). His attempt in December 1920 to initiate peace talks with the British government was repudiated by the Sinn Féin leadership.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: European History.