Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

7 May, 1925  


The diocese of Dromore laments the death of its venerable Dean, Very Rev. Michael Blake McConville, P.P. (Lurgan) and Vicar-General, on February 24, aged 80.

A native of Rathfriland, he was ordained at Maynooth College in June, 1872. After various curacies he was promoted to the pastorate of Lurgan in 1897 and worked with boundless zeal. Not only did he erect the spire of St. Peter's Church in that town, but he also erected a commodious presbytery, as well as national schools and an industrial school. On the formation of the chapter of Dromore, in 1918, he was appointed Dean, and was held in affectionate esteem by his fellow Canons and priests. As a memorial of his golden jubilee, in 1922, the parishioners erected a magnificent high altar in marble in the parish church at a cost of 300.

For a few years past his health had been very indifferent, and the end was not unexpected. Solemn Office and Requiem Mass presided over by Most Rev. Dr. Mulhern took place in St. Peter's, Lurgan, on February 26, followed by interment in Dougher cemetery.


The information on this website is free and will always be so. However, there are many documents and records that we would like to show here that are only available for sale. If you would like to make a donation to the Lurgan Ancestry project, however small (or large!), to enable us to acquire these records, it would be very much appreciated. We could cover our pages in Goggle Ads to raise money, but feel that this would detract from the information we are trying to provide. You can also help us to raise money by purchasing some of our ebooks on our sister website:

The Lurgan Ancestry Project is a not for profit website, all monies raised from the site go back into it.

View our Sitemap Site Map

Home  |   Census |  Griffiths  | Directories  | Gravestones |  Photos  |  Links  | Forum |  History  | Contact Us