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THE

IRISH DOMINICANS

OF THE

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

BY

FATHER JOHN O'HEYNE, O.P.

FIRST PUBLISHED AT LOUVAIN IN 1706

REPRINTED

WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION, AND AN APPENDIX CONTAINING

HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF ALL THE

ANCIENT
DOMINICAN FOUNDATIONS

IN IRELAND

BY

Rev. AMBROSE COLEMAN, O.P., M.R.I.A.

Dundalk:
PRINTED BY WILLIAM TEMPEST.

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Nihil Obstat
Fr. REGINALDUS WALSH, O.P., S.T.M.,

Censor Deputatus Imprimatur

+ MICHAEL CARDINAL LOGUE.

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PRE FACE.

The generous and unexpected response from all parts of Ireland and other places to the circulars inviting subscriptions for a new edition of OʻHeyne's rare work has enabled the Editor to extend the scope of his original intention and to give, as an Appendix, a history of what has been ascertained from accessible records, of the ancient Dominican foundations in Ireland.

The purpose of bringing out this edition was, as stated already, to preserve O'Heyne's work for posterity, as, at that time, after a fruitless search in some of the Continental and home libraries, only two copies were known to exist, both imperfect. Since this reprint commenced, however, a perfect copy has been found in the British Museum, whereby the deficiencies of the other copies have been made good.

The re-issue of this work, which presents such a graphic account of the fortunes of the members of a ; religious Order, persecuted and driven into exile, time

after time, by a powerful Protestant government, is peculiarly appropriate at the present day, in view of

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