Primary School Resources
Here you will find some useful resouces
for the Jubilee and primary schools. This is only a small selection of the many items that have been produced by the Education Sub Committee of the Dublin Jubilee AD 2000 Commitee. The full version has been sent to all schools in the diocese.
Man of Prayer
Friend of the Poor
for an overview of the
political climate from A.D.150 to 1840.
1128: Born in Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Laurence's parents were Maurice O'Toole and Dervail O'Byrne. Following the custom of the time Laurence was fostered at a young age to Donagh O'Connor, King of Offaly.
1138: Maurice O'Toole, as local chieftain, owed obedience to Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster who demanded a hostage from him. Maurice gave his son Laurence as a PEACE HOSTAGE.
In 1140 Mac Murrough agreed to exchange Laurence for 12 of his own soldiers who had been captured by the O'Toole's. The bishop of Glendalough was the mediator and Glendalough Abbey was the place where the exchange took place. Maurice was so grateful to have his son back- safe, that he agreed to send one of his sons to the Abbey, to be educated. Laurence agreed to go and went to school in Glendalough and later became a monk there.
1158: Laurence was elected Abbot of Glendalough. He began a programme of spiritual renewal among the monks. At this time the People Of Wicklow experienced a severe famine. The Abbey became a centre of relief for famine victims as well as housing a hospital, orphanage and school.
1162: Laurence was appointed Archbishop of Dublin, the first native Irishman to occupy the position. As Archbishop he oversaw the building of many churches,most importantly the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Christ Church).At this time Dublin was a multi-racial city, inhabited by, the descendents of the Norse and Normans as well as the native Irish They lived together in an uneasy peace at a time of great political upheaval.
Laurence's leadership and mediation skills were frequently called upon during these years.
1179: Laurence attended the Third Lateran Council in Rome where he was appointed Papal Iegate for all Ireland.
1182: Exiled by Henry II who feared his influence at home and in Rome.
Laurence died at the Monastery of Eu in Normandy
See more information on St Laurence
Since 1152 the See of Dublin has been occupied by 49 Archbishops who were consecrated and recognised by Rome.
Below is a list of the names of the Archbishops of Dublin. Write into your copy the name of the present Archbishop. Ask at home who the Archbishop was when your parents were age. Ask grandparents or older people to mark off the list any of the Archbishops they can remember. What do they remember about them? Write anything they tell you into your copy. Write a list of the Archbishops with Irish names and the years during which they served. Write a list of the Archbishops with othan Irish names and the years during which they served.
1162-1180 St Laurence O'Toole
1181-1212 John Cumin
1213-1228 Henry of London
1256-1271 Fulk de Sandford
1279-1284 John de Derlington
1284-1294 John de Sandford, O.P.
William of Hotham, O.P.
1299-1306 Richard de Ferings
1311-1313 John Lech
1317-1349 Alexander Bicknor
1349-1362 John St Paul
1363-1375 Thomas Minot
1375-1390 Robert Wikeford
Robert Waldeby, O.S.A.
Richard Northalis, O Carm.
1397-1417 Thomas Cranley
1417-1449 Richard Talbot
1449-1471 Michael Tregury
1472-1484 John Walton
1484-1511 Walter Fitzsimon
1512-1521 William Rokeby
1523-1528 Hugh Inge, O.P.
1528-1534 John Alen
1555-1567 Hugh Curwen
1600-1610 Mateo de Oviedo O.F.M
1611-1623 Eugene Matthews
Thomas Flerning, O.F.M.
1669-1680 Peter Talbot
1683-1692 Patrick Russell
1693-1705 Peter Creagh
1707-1724 Edmund Byrne
1724-1729 Edward Murphy
1729-1733 Luke Fagan
1734-1757 John Linegar
1757-1763 Richard Lincoln
1763-1769 Patrick Fitzsimon
1770-1786 John Carpenter
1786-1823 Thomas Troy, O.P.
1823-1852 Daniel Murray
1852-1878 Paul Cullen
1878-1885 Edward McCabe
1885-1921 William Walsh
1921-1940 Edward Byrne
John Charles McQuaid C.S.S.P.
1972-1984 Dermot Ryan
1984-1987 Kevin McNamara
1988- Desmond Connell
Questions to Ask
Which Archbishop was canonised as a Saint?
How many Archbishops were members of Religious Orders?
Which Religious Orders did they belong to?
Who spent the longest time as Archbishop?
Who was Archbishop during the Great Famine?:
at the time of the Easter Rising?:
at the beginning of the Second World War?:
and during the Second Vatican Council?
In addition to the 49 Archbishops listed above, three other names deserve special mention:
Richard de Haverings was elected Archbishop of Dublin in March 1307, but was never consecrated and resigned in November 1310.
Archbishop Donald is referred to in the Bull of Provision of Mateo de Oviedo O.F.M. as being his immediate predecessor, but there is no further information concerning him, the obscurity being explained by the fact that this was a period of persecution.
George Browne was elected in January 1536, by two Dublin Chapters on the instructions of Henru the VIII. He was conscecrated at Lambeth by Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, but was never recognised by the Holy See.
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