Maurice O’Fihelly, (Maurizio Hibernice; Maurice the Irishman). Baltimore c 1466-1516, Franciscan Friar, Chair of Scotist philosophy at Padua University between 1494 and 1513., Flora Mundai (Flower of the World).


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Courtesy Southern Star:

Donall O’Fihelly is alleged to have compiled his Annals of Ireland at Rossbrin Castle. The annals tell us that Donall and Maurice O’Fihelly received tuition in advanced Latin by Finghinn O Mathuna. The O’Fihellys were scions of the O’Driscoll race who hailed from Tuatha Ui Fitcheallaigh which embraces the parish of Ardfeild near Clonakilty.

In their early religious lives, both Donall and Maurice O’Fihelly belonged to the Franciscan friary community on Sherkin Island. Donall went to Merton College in Oxford University, and may have returned to be a part of the Franciscan community in Timoleague Friary. Maurice entered the school of Franciscan Studies in Milan in the latter 1480s. He became the head of Franciscan studies in the early 1490s. He held the chair of Scotist philosophy at Padua University between 1494 and 1513.  The eloquence of Maurice in Latin earned him the title of ‘Flos Mundi’, a title that was formally conferred on him by Doge Lorendano of Venice. In Italy, Maurice O’Fihelly wrote under the name of Maurizio Hibernice; Maurice the Irishman.