Blessed Dermot O’Hurley

detail of an old engraving of the execution of Blessed Dermot O’Hurley, date and artist unknown; swiped from the AusMaria web siteAlso known as

  • Dermit
  • Diarmaid Ó Hiarlatha



Born to a wealthy family, the son of William O’Brien O’Hurley and Honoria. Studied at the University of Leuven, Belgium where he obtained his law degree. Dean of the law school at Leuven for 15 years. Taught in Rheims, France for 4 years. Chosen archbishop of Cashel, Ireland by Pope Gregory XIII in 1581 while Dermot was still a layman; he received the pallium on 27 November of that year.

He returned to Ireland in secret and kept on the move as Protestant authorities were watching for him. However, to save one of his hosts from trouble with the authorities, he surrendered when they caught up with him. Imprisoned, tortured and executed in the persecutions of Elizabeth I for the treason of refusing to acknowledge her as head of the Church. One of the Irish Martyrs.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Dermot O’Hurley“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 August 2021. Web. 27 November 2021. <>