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Blessed Francis Taylor was born in Swords in 1550. He became the Lord Mayor of Dublin and was imprisoned because of his adherence to his Catholic faith. He was a loving husband and father of six children. Francis died in prison, having been incarcerated for seven years due to his Catholic faith. He was told that if he only took the Oath of Supremacy he would be released and could enjoy his comfortable lifestyle again, but he adamantly refused to do this as it would mean renouncing his Catholic faith. He died of hardship in the dungeon at the age of 71 on 29 January 1621 AD. Blessed Francis is regarded as a patron saint for politicians and fathers. His feast day is 20 June.

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