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Desmond Connell

Catholic cardinal

Desmond Connell (24 March 1926 – 21 February 2017) was an Irish cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. He was an Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.

His Eminence Desmond Connell
Cardinal, Archbishop of Dublin
ArchdioceseDublin
Enthroned21 January 1988 (appointed)
Reign ended26 April 2004 (retired)
PredecessorKevin McNamara
SuccessorDiarmuid Martin
Orders
Ordination19 May 1951 (Priest)
Consecration6 March 1988 (Archbishop)
Created Cardinal21 February 2001
RankCardinal priest of S. Silvestri in Capite
Personal details
Born(1926-03-24)24 March 1926
Phibsboro, Dublin, Ireland
Died21 February 2017(2017-02-21) (aged 90)
Dublin, Ireland
NationalityIrish
DenominationRoman Catholic
Alma materClonliffe College
University College Dublin
Maynooth College
University of Leuven
Coat of arms

Cardinal Connell was one of a number of senior clergy to have been heavily criticized for inaction and for making misleading statements in connection with clerical sex abuse in Dublin.

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