Patrick Foley

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Most Reverend Dr.

Patrick Foley

Bishop in Kildare and Leighlin
DioceseKildare and Leighlin
Term ended1926 (his death)
PredecessorRev James Lynch, CM
SuccessorDr Matthew Cullen
Personal details
Born8 March 1858[1]
Old Leighlin, County Carlow, Ireland
Died24 July 1926[2]
Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)President, Carlow College
Alma materCarlow College

The Most Reverend Dr. Patrick Foley (8 March 1858 – 24 July 1926) was a Roman Catholic professor, priest and Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.


Foley was born in 1858 at Mensal Lodge, Old Leighlin, County Carlow, the fourth son of Patrick Foley and Mary Delaney. He was educated initially at Leighlinbridge National School, then at the Lay College and the Seminary of St. Patrick's, Carlow College.[1] He graduated with a B.A. from the University of London Carlow College being affiliated to it at the time.[3]

Following ordination he was appointed professor at Carlow College in 1881. In 1886, he became vice-president and in 1892 President of Carlow College, during his tenure the Seminary expanded and all Lay Students were moved to St. Mary's Knockbeg College. During his time in the College he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity. His successor as President of Carlow College was his brother Monsignor John Foley.[4]

In 1895, he was appointed coadjutor of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and one year later, upon on the death of Bishop James Lynch he was appointed Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. In 1905, he was appointed commissioner of education. In 1908, he was appointed to the Board of the .[5] He died in 1929 and is buried in the grounds of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow.

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  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Who's Who. A. & C. Black. 1910. p. 1900. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  3. ^ Bishop Patrick Foley 1857-1926,; accessed 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ Patrick Foley, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, 1895-1926, Delany Archive Flickr Account; accessed 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ Kildare and Leighlin: New Advent website,; accessed 17 November 2014.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Rev. James Lynch CM
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Dr. Matthew Cullen
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