Lecture on Cardinal Michael Logue (1840 – 1924)

Logue faced the challenges of Darwin and the new science, the rise of republicanism and the outbreak of the First World War. He witnessed the establishment of Dáil Eireann and was the first primate of a partitioned Ireland.

More locally, Cardinal Logue oversaw the completion of St Patrick’s cathedral in Armagh. Its completion, through his energy in raising over £50,000, and dedication on 24 July, 1904, was perhaps the crowning event of his primacy. He was named Cardinal on 16 January, 1893 and given the Church of St Mary of Peace, Rome, on 19 January, 1893. He died on 19 November, 1924 in Ara Coeli, Armagh, and was buried in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Armagh. His episcopalmotto was In Patientia Salus (Patience is a Virtue).

The lecturer, Dr John Privilege, is a Research fellow in the University of Ulster and author of “Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879-1925” (2009).  This book also sets out to redress any historical misunderstanding of Cardinal Logue and provides a fresh perspective on existing interpretations of the role of the Church and on areas of historical debate in this period.

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