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The Most Reverend Henry Henry D.D. (22 May 1846 - 8 March 1908) was an Irish Roman Catholic Prelate and from 1895 until 1908 he held the title Lord Bishop of Down and Connor. He was known for his energy and zeal, as well as his overt activism in local politics, founding the Belfast Catholic Association.



Dr Henry was born in Loughguile, County Antrim. After his education at St Patrick's College, Maynooth he was ordained for the Diocese of Down and Connor in 1870. He was appointed to St Malachy's Diocesan College to teach French and Mathematics. He served as President of the College from 1876-1895 before his Episcopal nomination. He is the longest ever serving President of the College.

He was appointed 25th Bishop of Down and Connor on 6 August 1895. Dr Henry believed that a religious order of priests could give invaluable help in the densely populated area of West Belfast. Accordingly he invited the Redemptorists to open a church there. It was a welcome invitation, which they accepted as they were already looking for a foundation in the North.

Belfast Catholic Association

In 1896 the bishop, Dr Henry Henry, organised a Catholic Association, with local goals only, to control representation in the newly-created Catholic wards [of Belfast]. It dominated municipal politics in West Belfast for a decade: iteasily defeated the Nationalist slate of candidates in the two wards in 1897 and 1904, and between these dates its candidates were not even challenged. Its viewpoint dominated the Irish News, the local Catholic newspaper, to such an extent that the Irish Nationalist leader in the city, Joseph Devlin, had to begin a rival, the Northern Star, in 1897.[1]


  1. ^ A past apart: studies in the history of Catholic Belfast, 1850-1950, Anthony C. Hepburn, Ulster Historical Foundation (1996), 261 pages (ISBN 0901905720)

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