Bishop Joseph Duffy publishes new book exploring “etymology” of Monaghan parishes

6 May, 2024 | Bishops, Church, News

Bishop Joseph Duffy (pictured holding Aghabog Inheritance), Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Clogher and lead pastor of the historic cross-border diocese from 1979 to 2010, has published his latest book Aghabog Inheritance.  During his time as a member of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Duffy held a number of key responsibilities, including as the Irish representative to the European association of Catholic bishops; as chair of the Irish bishops’ council for liturgy, and chair of the council for communications, as well as being media spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference.  Following the publication of Aghabog Inheritance on 29 April 2024the following report was published by the Old Monaghan Society on its Facebook page:

“Bishop Emeritus of Clogher, Joseph Duffy is most certainly very proud of his ancestral heritage and the place of his birth, the townland of Annagoes in Aghabog, Co Monaghan.  In the first chapter of his new book entitled Aghabog Inheritance, he takes us on a lovely ramble through his formative years spent, firstly in Annagoes and later in Clonkirk just outside Clones.  A sense of place very much rooted in his childhood adventures and experiences.  This delightful new publication not only explores the etymology of the five neighbouring Parishes of Aghabog, Currin, Ematris, Killeevan, and Kilmore & Drumsnat – but it also unravels the fascinating history of this western region of Co Monaghan in a very readable and enthralling fashion.  Aghabog Inheritance is the third in a trilogy of recent publications by Bishop Joseph and is presented in a similar appealing style to Tiarnach of Clones, and Davnet & Dympna (A Single Cult).

Aghabog Inheritance has a much wider focus than the aforementioned parishes, an important and appealing point which is sure to make it a great historical resource.  An example of this depth of focus is illustrated in Bishop Duffy offering a methodically crafted new proposal on the genealogy of the McMahon’s of Oriel in one chapter, while referencing the interesting archive of letters by well-known Monaghan Town native, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, in another.”

“The Old Monaghan Society is delighted to be in a position to support the launch of Aghabog Inheritance, which retails at €40.”

Aghabog Inheritance can be ordered by emailing [email protected] 



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