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To men of candid minds it will not be necessary to offer an apology for speaking the truth. To some persons, however, ihe following pages may seem an attempt to undermine and demolish what they have hitherto regarded as one of the bulwarks of the Established Church in Ireland. It becomes nccosary therefore to explain the reasons and motives which have induced the author to publish that which might appear hostile to the Church of which he is an ordained and beneficed minister. In collecting materials for the Clerical and Parochial Records of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross, the writer was necessarily engaged, for many years, in examining the published works and unpublished archives relating to the Reformation period, and could not fail to remark that no documentary evidence was forthcoming to verify the received opinions touching the asserted conversion of the Irish Bishops, and the descent of the reformed episcopate from the ancient Irish Church. Failing to discover in this country any proofs of the asserted facts, and knowing that a search amongst Continental and e-pecially Roman records, would be the most likely means of obtaining an unite information on the subject, the author resolved to seek admission to the archives at Koine, which he had reason to believe would supply many details relating to Irish bishops, in addition to what Wake, Harris, and Cotton have published, and might even fill up the too frequent interruptions which occur in the successions to the various sees, as recorded in the pages of those painstaking and judicious antiquaries. Upon making inquiries, with this object in view, he found that other persons, possessing far greater advantages for this purpose than nimeelf, had already in part accomplished the work, and were likely to complete it satisfactorily. The results of the researches of one of tlie.M gentlemen, a distinguished archivist named Theiner, have lately been published. They come down to the date 1.Y 17.The other labourer in the same field, Dr. Moran sometime Yice-Ilector of the Irish College at Rome kindly permitted the author to Um- hiryet unpublished transcripts from the Roman archive.-, which exhibit the succession in the Iri-h gees during the remainder of the sixteenth century. It is presumed that the accuracy and fidelity of Theiner and Dr. Moran. in the matter of transcribing tho.
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