Daniel Mannix (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
Article abstract: Mannix became the hero of working-class Catholics for his articulate and outspoken views in favor of Ireland and against British and Protestant influences in Australia which he believed threatened their rights to equality and justice.
Daniel Mannix was born March 4, 1864, at Deerpark Farm in Charleville, County Cork, Ireland. His mother was the former Ellen Cagney and his father, Timothy Mannix, was a prosperous tenant farmer. Daniel was the first of eight children, of whom three died in infancy and another died as a young man in New York. Educated at first at the parish school and then by the Christian Brothers, at twelve Mannix enrolled at a classical school, a preliminary to entering the priesthood. A studious lad, while later boarding at St. Colman’s College, Fermoy, he won a scholarship to Maynooth Seminary, where from 1882 his academic achievements set a standard by which all other students came to be measured.
Resembling his tall, slim mother in appearance, Mannix was ordained on June 8, 1890, and, after a year’s postgraduate study, taught logic, metaphysics, and ethics at Maynooth. Qualifying for a doctorate of divinity in 1895 and receiving rapid promotion, first to the chair of higher philosophy and then, at the age of thirty-one, to the chair of moral theology, he also became a contributing editor to the Irish Ecclesiastical Record. By 1903, Mannix was...
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