Clogher Diocese Records

Repository: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleClogher Diocese Records
Archive ReferenceGB 0255 PRONI/DIORC/1
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1710-1962
Extent Mediumc 1,150 documents + volumes


Creator(s): Clogher Diocese

  • Administrative History ↴

    The archive of the Clogher Diocese begins with the Roman Catholic Church, still under the influence of pre-Revolutionary European Catholicism, as exemplified in the papers of the emigre Abbe Delahogue. It moves through the period of virtual re-establishment of the diocese, under Bishop James Murphy, who had to face challenges from parochial clergy resentful of the dilution of the independence they had enjoyed during the Penal Era. The priests in the diocese of Clogher (which covers all of Co. Monaghan, most of Fermanagh and part of Tyrone and the parliamentary constituencies concerned) became increasingly involved in the major political questions of the day, such as Catholic Emancipation, tithes, the Land Question and Home Rule, usually on the opposite side to the landed and political establishment. - Extracted from a full account of the collection in the PRONI catalogue:
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Clogher Diocese ↴

    This extensive archive, 1789-1938, contains c.1,150 documents and volumes, mainly correspondence, but also including pastoral letters, philosophical treatises, sermons, funerary inscriptions, political papers, accounts, wills, letters of probate, maps, diaries, notebooks, etc. Some documents are in Irish or Latin. Where they are in Latin, rough translations are provided in the list. The archive has been fully calendared.
    In many respects, the layout of this archive has similarities to that of an estate archive. The content is of course concerned largely with theology, liturgy, clerical politics and pastoral care. However there is considerable cross-over with an estate archive in the sense that both are also concerned with politics, property and of course human nature. The classification scheme lays out in detail the subjects covered, which are multifarious and consequently of interest to the general and local historian as well as to the ecclesiastical historian.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows:
    DIORC/1/1 Accounts and official papers relating mainly to Abbé Louis Delahogue
    DIORC/1/2 Notebooks and notes about educational matters
    DIORC/1/3 Sermons and funerary inscriptions written by Abbe Delahogue
    DIORC/1/4 80 letters concerning James Murphy, including his administration as Bishop of Clogher
    DIORC/1/5 85 letters concerning Edward Kernan, including his administration as Bishop of Clogher
    DIORC/1/6 Political and semi-political papers of the Rev Charles McDermott, PP of Truagh, Co. Monaghan
    DIORC/1/7 Letters, architect’s plans, account book and receipts pertaining to building projects in the diocese of Clogher
    DIORC/1/8 66 letters, leases, accounts, receipts, will and letters of probate concerning Clogher clergy and laity
    DIORC/1/10 Various Papers Relating to Charles McNally. 233 letters, notes, sermons and newspaper clipping about Charles McNally, as professor at Maynooth and subsequently as Bishop of Clogher.
    DIORC/1/11 38 letters, diaries and account books concerning Dr James Donnelly including his administration as Bishop of Clogher.
    DIORC/1/12 12 letters about Clogher diocesan chapter business
    DIORC/1/13 19 notes and correspondence between Aubrey Gwyn SJ and Rev Patrick Mulligan, mostly about early monasticism in the diocese of Clogher.
    DIORC/1/14 27 letter, receipts and notes of a miscellaneous nature

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The collection can be consulted in the reading room in PRONI in accordance with PRONI's rules and regulations.
Conditions Governing ReproductionItems may be copied for personal research use only. If a researcher wishes to publish any documents from this collection, a request must be submitted in writing to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Creation Dates1710-1962
Extent Mediumc 1,150 documents + volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish, Irish, French, Latin
Finding Aids A descriptive list is available to search online at: Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePRONI Archivist
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT)
Date of Descriptions41699