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Archbishop John MacHale 1791-1881

He was born in the townland of Tobernaveen in County Mayo. He campaigned enthusiastically for the abolition of tithes, the repeal of the Union, Catholic Emancipation and the promotion of the Irish language among others. O’Connell called him the Lion of the Fold of Judah. There is a statue of him, John Henry Foley, outside St Jarlath’s Cathedral, Tuam where he is buried.