No. 64 NAI DFA Secretary's Files P104A

Dearg code telegram from Joseph P. Walshe to Thomas J. Kiernan (Holy See)
(No. 1)

Dublin, 4 January 1946

Your 65.1 Hope you have had opportunity of expressing disappointment to Pope or Substituto. Excuse given to you by Holy Father not impressive. It was their business to fill Armagh in time. Belfast,2 President of Maynooth3 or Meath4 were obvious successors. If excuse were valid, place in Sacred College could have been left open. To give a Hat to Cuba and pass over the heart of English-speaking Catholicism was and is felt to be tantamount to a deliberate humiliation. Moreover, the actual withdrawal of existing Hat and ignoring of the Nuncio showed callous indifference. Will be glad to have full report of reaction to your protest and also of reaction amongst our people in Rome.

1 Not printed.

2 Bishop Daniel Mageean (1882-1962), Bishop of Down and Connor (1929-62).

3 Edward Joseph Kissane (1886-1959), priest and biblical scholar, President of Maynooth (1942-59).

4 Archbishop John D'Alton (1882-1963), Bishop of Meath (1943-6), Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (1946-63). Elevated to Cardinal in 1953.

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