Most Rev. John Fergus D.D.

Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, Co. Galway
Dunboyne Village - View from Church
Louisburgh, Co. Mayo


From an early age this man was a keen enthusiast of the Irish Language Revival

John Fergus was born on December 23rd 1895 in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.  He was educated at the local National School plus St. Joseph’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway.  Following his Ordination Fr. Fergus studied at Dunboyne where he obtained baccalaureate in Divinity. [i]


John Fergus was ordained a priest on June 20th 1920.  He was assigned as Curate to Glenamaddy for three years.  Rev. Fergus was appointed Secretary to the Archbishop of Tuam.  He became an Administrator in Westport during 1943 where he served until 1944 when he was transferred to Ballinrobe as P. P. [ii]


Fr. Fergus was appointed Bishop of Achonry on 15th February 1947 with his Consecration as Bishop performed on May 4th 1947.  He attended all four Sessions of the Second Vatican Council.  He retired from the position on 17th March 1976.  Bishop Emiritus Fergus died on 24th March 1989. [iii]


Bishop Fergus is listed on the very interesting site ‘Revolvy’ among Roman Catholic Bishops of Achonry. [iv]


Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee 1954   Page 63

[i] Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee 1954

[ii] Mayo Men’s Association Diamond Jubilee 1954



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