Patrick O'Donnell (1856 - 1927):
Patrick O'Donnell was born in Kilraine near Glenties, County Donegal, and was educated locally and at Letterkenny. In 1880 he was ordained at Maynooth and was appointed Professor of Theology. In 1888 he became Bishop of Raphoe. He instigated the building of many churches, including Letterkenny Cathedral, a school at Killybegs, County Donegal, and a seminary at Letterkenny. In 1896 he was chairman of the Irish Race Convention, and in 1900 chaired the National Convention. In 1908 he was instrumental in founding the National University of Ireland. In 1924 he became Archbishop of Armagh and in the following year was created a Cardinal. In 1927 he introduced reforms at a Synod at Maynooth. He was a native Irish speaker and an active member of the Irish Convention in 1917. He died in Carlingford, County Louth.
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