Donald Caird

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The Most Reverend
Donald Arthur Richard Caird
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
In office
1970–1976
Bishop of Meath and Kildare
In office
1976–1985
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
In office
1985–1996
Personal details
Born 11 December 1925
Dublin
Nationality Irish
Spouse(s) Nancy née Sharpe
Alma mater Wesley College, Dublin; Trinity College, Dublin
Religion Christian Church of Ireland

Donald Arthur Richard Caird (b 11 December 1925) is a retired Irish bishop[1] who held three senior posts in the Church of Ireland during the last third of the 20th century.[2]

He was born in Dublin and educated at Wesley College and Trinity College in his native city [3] and ordained in 1950.[4] He began his career at St Mark’s, Dundela, Belfast. He was Chaplain and an Assistant Master at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen until 1957. He was a lecturer in philosophy at University College of St David’s, Lampeter. He was Rector of Rathmichael Parish, Shankill, Dublin and a lecturer in the philosophy of religion at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin. From 1969 to 1970 he was Dean of Ossory when he was ordained to the episcopate as the last Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, a post he held until 1976. He was translated to the Diocese of Meath and Kildare and he served there until 1984 when he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He retired in 1995.

Donald Caird took a keen interest in the Irish language from an early age. He encountered members of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise (the Irish Guild of the Church) at an Irish language service in Dublin's St Patrick's cathedral in the early 1940s, which made a deep impression on him. Around this time, he was sent to the Gaeltacht in West Kerry by his father to improve his Irish, staying in the Dún Chaoin area and was fascinated to encounter members of his church community worshipping in Irish at a small church at Kilmalkeader (Cill Mhaolcheadair) on the Dingle peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fryde, E. B; Greenway, D. E; Porter, S; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  2. ^ "A New History of Ireland" Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F:Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Crockfords 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Wyse Jackson
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
1970–1976
Succeeded by
Final appointment
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Meath and Kildare
1976–1984
Succeeded by
Walton Newcombe Frances Empey
Preceded by
Henry McAdoo
Archbishop of Dublin
1985–1996