Thomas Reilly (priest)

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Thomas Reilly was Dean of Ardagh from 1913 [1] until 1920.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and ordained deacon in 1876 and priest in 1877. [2] He began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Kilashee. After this he was the Incumbent of Cashel from 1878 until 1882. He then returned to Kilashee, staying until 1900 when he took charge of Rathaspick with Russagh, a post he held until his appointment to the Deanery.

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He died in April 1921. [3]

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  1. Representative Church Body Library, Dublin (D4/ D4A/ D4B/Records of the Dioceses of Elphin & Ardagh) p15
  2. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1929/30: Oxford, OUP, 1929
  3. "Reilly, Thomas". Who Was Who . 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 January 2017.(subscription or UK public library membership required)
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Frederic Potterton
Dean of Ardagh
Succeeded by
William Moore
(bishop since 1915)