The Most Reverend
| Archbishop of Dublin |
Primate of Ireland
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Diocese||Dublin and Glendalough|
|Consecration||29 September 1970|
by Alan Buchanan
|Born||11 December 1925|
Dublin, County Dublin, Irish Free State
|Died||1 June 2017 91) (aged|
Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
|Previous post|| Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe (1970-1976)|
Bishop of Meath and Kildare (1976-1985)
|Alma mater|| Wesley College, Dublin |
Trinity College, Dublin
Donald Arthur Richard Caird (11 December 1925 – 1 June 2017) was an Irish bishop who held three senior posts in the Church of Ireland during the last third of the 20th century.
He was born in Dublin and educated at Wesley College and Trinity College in his native city [ citation needed ]studying Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) where he won a scholarship in 1948 and graduated in 1949. He was ordained in 1950. 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 1985 when he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He retired in 1996.
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. He was appointed to Bord na Gaeilge, the state body for the promotion of the language, in 1975 while Bishop of Limerick, by Tom O'Donnell TD, Minister for the Gaeltacht.
He died on 1 June 2017 at the age of 91.
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|Church of Ireland titles|
Robert Wyse Jackson
| Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe |
| Bishop of Meath and Kildare |
Walton Newcombe Frances Empey
| Archbishop of Dublin |