Patrick Walsh (bishop of Down and Connor)
|The Most Reverend
|Bishop Emeritus of Down and Connor|
|See||Diocese of Down and Connor|
|Ordination||25 February 1956|
|Consecration||15 May 1983|
9 April 1931 |
Cobh, Irish Free State
Patrick Joseph Walsh (born 9 April 1931), is an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and from 1991 until 2008 he was the 31st Bishop of Down & Connor. Dr Walsh was born in 1931 at Cobh, Irish Free State. When he was 11 years old, his RIC father moved the family to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
He attended St Marys CBGS Belfast and won university scholarships in both Science and Literature. He entered St. Malachy's College as a seminarian and then attended Queen's University, Belfast. During Philosophy studies at Queen's he was taught by the future Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Cahal Daly. He then studied Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome and completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and was ordained priest on 25 February 1956. After ordination Bishop Daniel Mageean sent him for further studies to St Edmund's College, Cambridge (then known as St Edmund's House). He completed a M.Sc. in Mathematics at Christ's College, Cambridge since St Edmund's was at the time unable to matriculate students of its own. He obtained another M.Sc. in 1962, from Queen's University, Belfast, for a thesis on group characters.
President of St. Malachy's College
He is poorly remembered by many alumni. He tightened up on discipline and maintained strong academic standards during the Troubles but as one past pupil noted "his acid tongue was as stinging as any strap or stick."  
In 1983, with Dr Anthony Farquhar he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of The Diocese of Down and Connor and was consecrated on 15 May by Bishop Cahal Daly, Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi and Bishop William Philbin. He was given the titular see of Ros Cré. His Episcopal Motto is 'Ex Animo Operari', to work with one's heart (Col 3:24).
He was succeeded by Monsignor Noel Treanor on 22 February 2008.
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||My Lord|
- Diocese of Down & Connor
- Patrick J Walsh on Catholic Hierarchy
- Comments by Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship on disobedience by bishops
|Bishop of Down and Connor
18 March 1991–23 February 2008