Today we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy “the White Martyr of Munster” – whose reliquary is familiar to many of us here in the North Cathedral. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1896. Over the years many miracles have been attributed to his intercession. He was appointed Bishop of Ross & this was opposed and Innocent VIII then appointed him Bishop of Cork and Cloyne. He set out on pilgrimage to Rome but unfortunately on his return journey he died at Ivrea in Italy. Devotion to Thaddeus McCarthy grew in Ivrea.

The Italians agreed to return a major relic of Blessed Thaddeus & it is contained in the reliquary in here in the North Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne in Cork. There is a side altar dedicated to him in St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh.