William Joseph Walsh

(1841—1921) Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin

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(1841–1921), Catholic archbishop of Dublin from 1885. Ordained in 1866, Walsh had been a professor at Maynooth, where he revived the Irish Ecclesiastical Record and became president in 1880. A nationalist, he supported the Plan of Campaign and home rule but opposed Parnell over his divorce case. Hostile towards Redmond and Dillon, he supported Sinn Féin, and was a firm opponent of the Government of Ireland Act, but strongly condemned violence. He wrote in support of a state-funded Catholic university, and became first chancellor of the National University of Ireland.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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