Tobias Kirby

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Tobias Kirby (1 January 1804 – 20 January 1895) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest.


Kirby was born in Tallow, County Waterford, Ireland, to David Kirby and Elizabeth Caplice. He was educated at St. John's College, Waterford. In 1827 he began studying at the Roman Colleges in Rome; one of his fellow students was Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci, the future Pope Leo XIII.[1] In 1833 he was ordained a priest at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. He was appointed Vice Rector of the Irish College in 1837 and became Monsignor in 1840. In 1849succeeded Cardinal Cullen as rector of the college.[2]

He was appointed titular bishop of Lete in 1881, and titular archbishop of Ephesus in 1885.[3] Kirby retired in 1891, and was succeeded by Michael Kelly (1850-1940).

Kirby died in Rome on 20 January 1895, and was buried in Rome.[4] Most of his papers are held at the Irish College in Rome.[5]