William Walsh (archbishop of Dublin)

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The Most Reverend
William Joseph Walsh
Archbishop of Dublin
and Primate of Ireland
File:Portrait of William Walsh.jpg
See Dublin
Installed 1885
Term ended 1921
Predecessor Edward MacCabe
Successor Edward Joseph Byrne
Other posts Chancellor of the National University of Ireland
Ordination 22 May 1866 (Priest)
Consecration 2 August 1885 (Archbishop)
Personal details
Birth name William Joseph Walsh
Born 30 January 1841
Dublin, Ireland
Died 9 April 1921(1921-04-09) (aged 80)
Dublin, Ireland
Buried Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Parents Ralph Walsh and Mary Walsh (née Pierce)
Spouse no
Children none
Occupation Roman Catholic Cleric
Profession the clergy
Alma mater Maynooth Seminary College

William Joseph Walsh (30 January 1841 – 9 April 1921) served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 3 July 1885 until his death in 1921. He was born at 11 Essex Quay in Dublin. He was educated at St. Laurence O’Toole Seminary School, Harcourt St., Dublin, the Catholic University of Ireland and St. Patrick's College, Maynooth where he became Professor of Theology in 1867.[1] He was appointed vice-president of Maynooth in 1878 and president in 1880 until he was appointed Archbishop of Dublin.

He was sympathetic to Irish Nationalism and advocated Home Rule and agrarian land reform.

Walsh served on the Senate of the Royal University of Ireland (1883–4) and as part of the Commission of National Education (1885–1901).[2]

He was appointed Chancellor of the newly founded National University of Ireland in 1908, a position he held until he died when he was succeeded by Éamon de Valera.


  • A Plain Exposition of the Irish Land Act of 1881 (1881)
  • The Queen's Colleges and the Royal University of Ireland (1883–4)
  • The Irish University Question (1897)
  • Trinity College and the University of Dublin (1902)
  • Trinity College and its Medical School (1906).[3]
  • Harmony of the Gospel Narratives of the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Our Blessed Lord (1907)


  1. Chancellors of the NUI
  2. William Walsh (1885–1921) – Dublin Diocese website
  3. William John Walsh (1841–1921) – Catholic Encyclopedia website

External links

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward MacCabe
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
3 July 1885 – 9 April 1921
Succeeded by
Edward Joseph Byrne
Academic offices
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Chancellor of the National University of Ireland
1908 – 1921
Succeeded by
Éamon de Valera

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