Richard Creagh (c.1523 - 1586):
Archbishop, Roman Catholic
Richard Creagh was born in Limerick and was educated in theology at Louvain, after his ordination returning to Limerick. In 1560 the papal nuncio invited him to Rome where he was consecrated Archbishop of Armagh by Pope Pius IV in 1564. While conducting a service he was arrested, sent to London and confined in the Tower. He escaped to Belgium and via Spain returned to Armagh in 1566. In Armagh Cathedral he preached to both O'Neill and O'Donnell. Once again he was imprisoned in the Tower, where he died after an internment of eighteen years. He wrote two works in Latin, Origin of the Irish Language and Controversies of Faith, as well as a catechism in Irish.
|| December 1586