Richard Clarke (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
Richard Clarke
M.A., B.D., Ph.D.
Archbishop of Armagh
and Primate of All Ireland
The Most Reverend Richard Clarke, Anglican Archbishop of Armagh.jpg
Church Church of Ireland
Province Armagh
Diocese Armagh
In office 15 December 2012–present
Predecessor Alan Harper
Consecration 14 September 1996
Personal details
Birth name Richard Lionel Clarke
Born (1949-06-25) 25 June 1949 (age 66)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Linda (d. 2009)
Children Nicholas
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Richard Lionel Clarke (born 25 June 1949) is the current Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

Clarke was educated at Wesley College, Dublin before attending Trinity College, Dublin (M.A., Ph.D.) and King's College London (B.D.) where he studied history and theology.[1] He was ordained a deacon in 1975 and priest in 1976, serving as a curate in Holywood, County Down for two years from 1975 to 1977 and again as a curate at St Bartholomew's with Christ Church, Leeson Park, Dublin from 1977 to 1979, before he serving as Dean of Residence at Trinity College, Dublin for five years.[1] Clarke travelled thence to Bandon, County Cork, where he served as rector until 1993 when he was appointed Dean of Cork.[1] He was elected and consecrated to the bishopric of Meath and Kildare in 1996.[2] In 2012, he was elected, in succession to Alan Harper, to be the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. His translation to Armagh took effect on 15 December 2012, on which date he also was enthroned at St Patrick's Cathedral.[3]

He has two children and one grandchild, as of 2014. His wife, Linda, died in 2009. [4]

Clarke is the author of And Is It True? (2000), The Unharmonious Blacksmith (2002) and A Whisper of God (2006).


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop Richard Clarke". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's Ltd. 2009. ISBN 1-870520-51-3. 
  3. ^ Church of Ireland - Clarke elected as Archbishop
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Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Maurice Carey
Dean of Cork
Succeeded by
Michael Jackson
Preceded by
Walton Empey
Bishop of Meath and Kildare
Succeeded by
Pat Storey
Preceded by
Alan Harper
Archbishop of Armagh
Current holder