Daniel William Cahill

Daniel William Cahill (November 28, 1796, Ashfield, Queens County, Ireland—October 28, 1864, Boston, Massachusetts) was a Roman Catholic preacher, lecturer, writer and educator in Ireland and the United States.

The third son of Daniel Cahill, a civil engineer, he was sent to Carlow College, and in 1816 entered Maynooth, where he became proficient in natural philosophy and languages. He was ordained a priest after he had passed through the Dunboyne establishment. In 1825 he was appointed professor of natural philosophy at Carlow College, where he taught for some years. He then opened a school at Seapoint, Williamstown, which he conducted from 1835 to 1841. Meanwhile he wrote largely for the press, and for a time edited the Dublin Telegraph. He became a distinguished preacher and lecturer, and his vigorous attacks on the government and the Established Church of Ireland extended his reputation. In December 1859 he visited the United States, where he lectured on astronomy and other scientific subjects and preached in many American and Canadian cities. As he generally gave his services for religious and charitable purposes, large sums of money were raised by him for Catholic projects. He was of commanding presence, being six feet five inches in height (196 cm), and handsome. He was buried in Boston, but his body was exhumed in 1885 and taken to Ireland, where it was reburied in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. His writings consist chiefly of lectures and addresses, with some letters to prominent Protestants. The most important of them were collected and published in Dublin in 1886 under the title Life, Letters, and Lectures of Rev. Dr. Cahill.

This article incorporates text from the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia article "Daniel William Cahill" by David James O'Donoghue, a publication now in the public domain.

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