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Meath, diocese of

Meath, diocese of (diocese of Mide). The Irish see of Meath in Armagh province was created in 1216 by the amalgamation of the dioceses of Clonard, Kells, and Duleek, after a confused period of 12th-cent. ecclesiastical history in the Clonmacnoise region. Though there was an Anglo-French bishop in John's reign, this was not regularly the case until after 1327. By the 15th cent. it was in the region of the Armagh province known as inter Anglicos, Meath being part of the 30-mile strip behind Dublin and Kildare, the English administrative centre. There are still dioceses of Meath in both the Catholic and Anglican churches, though the Anglican diocese was transferred from Armagh to the Dublin province in 1976. There are cathedrals at Trim and Kildare.

Revd Dr William M. Marshall

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