Parish Of Birth
Irish College, Paris France
Details Of Ordination
Dunmanway CC : 1847 – 1850
Schull CC – 1847
Whilst a curate of Kilmichael parish, Fr. Burke was a witness in the murder trial of Sergeant Wright who was in charge of the Bridewell in Macroom. Sergeant Wright was on trial for the murder on January 3rd 1834 of Daniel Crean of Coolderrihy, Kilmichael. The trial was held on March 22nd 1834. Fr Burke’s testimony at the trial was extremely questionable. When the news reached Bishop John Murphy, he suspended Fr. Burke from all priestly duties.
On the 1st of April 1837 Fr Burke surrendered himself to the Civil Authorities and he was permitted to enter into his own recognizance in £100. He was sent for trial at the next Assizes.
At the Spring Assizes in Cork on April 3rd 1838 he was charged “……of conspiring with three others to have an innocent man capitally murdered”. He was sentenced to two years in prison and fined £200. Fr Burke spent only six months in prison “…. and never paid a farthing of the fine to Her Majesty”.
Fr Burke was under suspension for thirteen years. In July 1847 Bishop William Delany lifted the suspension and sent Fr. Burke to Schull.
Date Of Death
Place Of Burial
St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cork.