The photo below shows
the birthplace of Archbishop John McHale, whom Daniel O’Connell dubbed ‘The Lion
of the Fold.’ Born at Tubbernavine near Lahardane on March 6 1791, McHale was a
sickly child but survived and lived on to a great age, dying aged ninety years
on 7 November, 1881. A revered figure, he is buried in a vault beneath the
High Altar in Tuam cathedral, where he had served for fifty-seven years as
Because of his well
known nationalistic tendencies his appointment as archbishop was vigorously
resisted by the British government . The Prime Minister sent a special envoy to
Rome to petition Pope Gregory XV1 not to appoint McHale, “anybody but him” was
their cry, but he prevailed, and went on to be a thorn in the side of the
establishment, challenging them on many occasions. He resisted the payment of
tithes to the established church and was tireless in the cause of Catholic
Emancipation, Home Rule, and tenant rights.
The birthplace of Archbishop John McHale.
Memorial plaque on house.