Tirry, William

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Irish martyr; b. Cork, 1609; d. Clonmel, May 12, 1654. He became an Augustinian about 1627, and studied at Valladolid and Paris, where he qualified for admission to the faculty of theology in 1635. He returned to Ireland before 1640, and was probably prior of Fethard when in 1646 he was appointed provincial secretary. He became prior of Skryne in 1649, but because of the Cromwellian persecution he remained at Fethard. He was a man of great holiness; he was arrested while saying mass on April 4, 1654. He was condemned to death and executed at Clonmel under the anti-Catholic law of Jan. 6, 1653. Miracles were attributed to him by contemporaries.

Bibliography: f. x. martin, "The Tirry Documents in the Archives de France, Paris," Archivium Hibernicum 20 (1957) 6997. m. b. hackett, "The Tirry Documents in the Augustinian General Archives," ibid. 98122.

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