Peter Finlay (1851 - 1929):
Cleric, Roman Catholic and writer
Peter Finlay was born in County Cavan and was educated at St Patrick's College, Cavan, in France and in Germany. From 1874 to 1878 he was a language teacher at Clongowes Wood College. In 1881 he joined the Jesuits and was ordained. He was Professor of Philosophy at Milltown Park, Dublin, from 1881 to 1885, when he was appointed Professor of Theology at St Beuno's in England and the following year at Woodstock, America. From 1912 to 1923 he was the first Professor of Catholic Theology at the National University of Ireland. Among his publications are Catholics in Civil Life; The Catholic Church and the Civil State; The Church and Secular Education and Socialism and Catholic Teaching. He was fluent in at least five languages.