Slattery Lecture Series 

In 2008, Carlow College and Trinity College Dublin came together to establish the Slattery Lecture Series in honour of Michael Slattery, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly (1833 - 1857). The lecture series brings together academics from both institutions to present papers in a colloquium format. The most recent Slattery Lecture Series took place in 2015 and was titled, 'Migration: Ireland, Europe and beyond'. 


Archbishop Michael Slattery was born in Tipperary Town (1783) and received his primary education at Abbey School before enrolling at Trinity College Dublin (1799 - 1805). Following his studies on the B.A. in Arts programme, he enrolled at Carlow College (1805 - 1809) to study for the priesthood. Following his ordination in 1809, Slattery taught philosophy at Carlow College from 1809 - 1815. In 1815 he returned to his native diocese and was a curate in Ulla before being named parish priest of Borrisoleigh, a position he held for over twenty years. In 1832, the Irish bishops named him president of Maynooth, a position he held for less than a year as he was appointed Archbishop of Cashel & Emly on 10 December 1833. During his tenure as archbishop, he oversaw the completion of St. Patrick's College, Thurles and was a strong opponent of Peel's proposal to establish Queen's College in 1845. Slattery died on 4 February 1857.