This book takes an in-depth look at the ecclesiastical history of the diocese of Kilmore from 1100 to 1800.
Having traced the development of the diocese for more than four hundred years from the twelfth-century Church reforms until the Henrician Reformation, this book then outlines the impact of the Reformation and the subsequent arrival of Church of Ireland and Presbyterian newcomers into the diocese. William Bedell, the Church of Ireland bishop of Kilmore who won the hearts of the native Irish and died shortly after the outbreak of the 1641 rebellion, was the best known of the newcomers. Later a sizeable Presbyterian population settled in this part of south Ulster as did a smaller number of Methodists, Moravians and Quakers.
This wide-ranging and detailed study gives a fascinating and important insight into the ecclesiastical history of a rural north west of Ireland diocese over a period of seven centuries.
“This book is an impressive and distinguished volume that makes a significant contribution not just to the history of Kilmore but to the understanding of the Irish church as a whole… Overall this is an impressive book that could well serve as a model for any diocesan history… It is both insightful and comprehensive as well as being clearly and cogently written.”
– Raymond Gillespie, Maynooth University
“This is a very impressive history of an Irish diocese… Liam Kelly has demonstrated what an outstanding historian can achieve. His book should sit not only on the shelves of church historians. It ought to be read by anyone interested in Ireland’s past, in the story of its people, their lives, their beliefs and the forces that shaped them. Kelly reminds us of experiences that were crucial in making the people of Ireland who they were.”
– Henry A. Jefferies, Ulster University
Liam Kelly, who was born in Country Leitrim in 1952, is a priest of the diocese of Kilmore. He is a keen historian and has been researching and writing history for many years. His published works include The Face of Time (1995); A Flame now Quenched: Rebels and Frenchmen in Leitrim: Snapshots of a Rural Parish in the 1890s (2005); Churches of the Diocese of Kilmore (2005) and Photographs and Photography in Irish Local History (2008)s.