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Rev Richard D. Smiddy
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Birth: Jul. 21, 1811
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Jun. 11, 1878
County Cork, Ireland

The Very Reverend Richard D. SMIDDY archaeologist and antiquarianist, was born in 1811 at Ballymakea, Killeagh.

He published extensively on theological subjects and on archaeology.
His earliest book, "The Holy Bible and the manner in which it is used by Catholics", was published in 1850.
He was responsible for the revision of the Irish language catechism for use in the diocese of Cloyne which was published as "An tagasc Chriostaidhe, de réir ceist is freagara".
His best known work, "Essays on Druids, Ancient Churches, and the Round Towers of Ireland", was published in 1871, reprinted in abbreviated form in 1976 and reprinted in 2010.

He died on 11 June 1878 and was enterred in Aghada graveyard.

He became a priest and was ordained in Paris in 1837. He ministered in Killeagh (1838), Glountane (1839), Youghal (1840), Charleville (1851), Mallow (1853), Aghada as Parish Priest (1857-1878). Buried in Aghada.

From his ordination in 1838, until the time his Mother (Hanora) died in 1875, he kept a diary. The original is in the Diocesan Archives in Cobh but a transcript has been made.
Family links: 
  Pierce Smiddy (____ - 1827)
  Hanora KENNEDY Smiddy (1784 - 1875)
  Richard D. Smiddy (1811 - 1878)
  John Smiddy (1813 - 1851)*
  Michael Smiddy (1819 - 1857)*
  Lawrence Smiddy (1826 - 1847)*
  Pierce Smiddy (1828 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: SMIDDY, Richard Rev; 66; Aghada COR IRL; Cork Examiner; 1878-6-13; dja
Aghada Cemetery
County Cork, Ireland
Created by: A. Smiddy
Record added: Jan 03, 2011
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