The Furey sept produced several distinguished churchmen who are referenced in the various annals, all quotes that we found can be seen here.

Magnus Ó Fiodhabhra O.F.M. (d. 1591) of the convent of Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath, was one of the earlier Irish Catholic martyrs.

Donat Ó Fiodhabhra (d. 1237). The general problem associated with the different versions of ancient Irish and current English surname versions are highlighted when we look at an ancestor who became Archbishop of Armagh in 1227. Website www.goireland.ie refers to a Donat Ó Fiodhabhra who died in 1237 and who was successively Bishop of Clogher and the Archbishop of Armagh. When checking the list of all Archbishops from St. Patrick in 445 to Sean Brady of today, the 60th Archbishop is a Donat O' Feery who sat from 1227 to 1237. However, the name Donal O'Fidabra appears in the Annals of Connacht and is also referenced here in an article about St Peter's Church in Drogheda, Ireland.

The name Feery is also grouped with Furey in www.goireland.ie. Another reference to this ancestor can be found in the McLauglhin website in an article about the McAteers and I quote : -

"Clogher was the head of a diocese located in the Barony of Clogher in Tyrone. There is a brief mention of this Michael Mac an t-saoir in Joyce's Encyclopedia of Ireland: "Bishop Michael Mac Antsair, in 1279, exchanged with the abbot the the episcopal residence that had been built near the abbey by Bishop Donat O'Fidabra, between 1218 and 1227, for a piece of land outside the town, called Disert-na-cusiac, on which he erected another episcopal palace."

Aedh Ua Forréidh (d.1056) appears to have been another ancestor who may have become a Bishop of Armagh in 1032 AD, there is a little confusion in the Annals - read on! The Annals of Ulster makes the following reference against the ancient Irish translation of the family name, Ua Forréid:

 
 

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