31 May, 2010

Loughlin Family Geneology Forum

The entry in the Loughlin Family Geneology Forum for Thomas James, Count O'Loughlin posted by Claire O'Loughlin is an excellent short biography and reads as follows:

I know there were quite a number of O'Loughlin's and Loughlin's from Castlewarren, some of them were famous and have an interesting past. If anyone has any information they would like to share we could build up a good picture of who is who.

Thomas James O’Loughlin (c1866-1929) Businessman & Catholic BenefactorFor someone who was created a Privy Chamberlain by the Roman Catholic Church, it is surprising little information is available on Thomas James O’Loughlin. The Argus obituary reveals some details. It notes that he “took a leading part in the reception of Cardinal Cerretti who visited Australia as Papal Leyate to the Eucharistic Congress in Sydney. In recognition of this role and his generous benefactions to the Roman Catholic Church, he was created a domestic Privy Chamberlain to Pope Pius XI”. On his wedding day in 1911 in Kilkenny, Ireland, he was created a Count of Rome by Pope Pius X; his benefactions to Catholic undertakings and charities was said to have succeeded £100,000.

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