His Lordship Patrick O 'Boyle

Pearse St. Ballina
St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, Co.Galway
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Round Tower, Killala, Co. Mayo.
Downpatrick Head, North Mayo.
Author's own collection.
Ardnaree, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Bishop of Killala

Patrick O’Boyle was born on 2nd December 1887 in Ardnaree in Ballina, Mayo.  He received his early education at the local National School plus at St. Murdach’s College in Ballina.  He continued to study at St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam prior to St. Patrick’s Seminary in Maynooth. [i]


Patrick was ordained a Priest on 18th June 1911. [ii] Fr. O’Boyle was associated with St. Murdach’s College plus served as President there from 1920.  He was appointed Bishop of Killala on 12th December 1950.  Aged sixty – three years when his Consecration as Bishop was held at St. Murdach’s Cathedral in Ballina on February 25th 1951.  At the ceremony the new Bishop was described as a ‘pattern from the heart of the flock.’  He was consecrated by the Bishop of Tuam Most Rev. Dr. Walsh with Co – Consecrators the Bishop of Galway Most Rev. Dr. Brown and Bishop of Elphin Most Rev. Dr. Hanley.  Among the large attendance were his sister Miss M. O’Boyle and brother Dr. John O’Boyle Balla plus two of his cousins Rev. Hugh P. O’Boyle of Buffolo Diocese N.Y. also Rev. Patrick F. Mc Alpine of Biloxi Mississippi, U.S.  [iii]

Over 4,000 people attended on June 2nd 1954 from the Deanery of Erris in Belmullet to greet Most Rev. Dr. O’Boyle plus Fr. Patrick Payton at the Opening of the Rosary Crusade in the Diocese. Also see Link for Fr. Payton Centre.  [iv]

Bishop O’Boyle retired on 12th October 1970 when he was appointed Titular Bishop of Mammilla. The demise occurred of Bishop Emeritus O’Boyle on 25th November 1971. [v]


An interesting case is covered in this link re. The suggestion of replacing lay teachers with Religious by Dr. O’Boyle. [vi]

At the National Library of Ireland Documents relating to the Bishop of Killala may be viewed in Reading Room; INDR1383  [vii]



Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee Journal 1954 Page 73







[i] Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee Journal 1954

[ii] Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee Journal 1954

[iii] nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172517783

[iv] fatherpeytoncentre.ie/fr-peytons-rosary-crusade-in-ireland-1954/belmullet/

[v] www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/boboylep.html

[vi] https://www.into.ie/ROI/Publications/PublicationsPre2000/INTOBallinaCase1957.pdf

[vii] catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000602884


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