The archdeaconry can trace its history from Helias, the first known incumbent, who held the office in the twelfth century to the last discrete incumbent Thomas George Corrigan. who retired in 1996 when his role was merged with that of Kildare. As such he was responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy and the upkeep of diocesan property within his half of the diocese.
- "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3" Cotton, H. p125 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
- "Thomas George Corrigan". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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