Cloyne an ancient episcopal town in the southeast of Cork county, fifteen miles east by south of Cork. The bishopric was founded in the 6th century by St. Colman, the abbey in 707, and the cathedral in the 13th century. Near the cathedral is a round tower 92 feet high. About 1430 the episcopate was united to that of Cork, separated in 1678, and reunited in 1835. SEE CORK. Berkeley, the celebrated philosopher, was born here, and was bishop of Cloyne in 1678. Brinkley, the astronomer, who died in 1835, was also bishop of Cloyne. Population 1126. Cloyne is also the seat of a Roman Catholic bishop, who belongs to the ecclesiastical province of Cashel. — Chambers, Encyclopaedia.

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