Donald Caird

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The Most Reverend

Donald Caird
Archbishop of Dublin
Primate of Ireland
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Church Church of Ireland
Diocese Dublin and Glendalough
In office1985-1996
Predecessor Henry McAdoo
Successor Walton Empey
Consecration29 September 1970
by  Alan Buchanan
Personal details
Born(1925-12-11)11 December 1925
Dublin, County Dublin, Irish Free State
Died1 June 2017(2017-06-01) (aged 91)
Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Nationality Irish
Denomination Anglican
SpouseNancy Sharpe
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 [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] studying Mental and Moral Science (Philosophy) where he won a scholarship in 1948 and graduated in 1949. He was 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 1985 when he was elected Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He retired in 1996.[ citation needed ]

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. [5]

He died on 1 June 2017 at the age of 91. [6]

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  5. DONALD CAIRD: Church of Ireland Bishop: Gaelic Churchman: A Life by Aonghus Dwane (The Columba Press, July 2014) ISBN   9781782181781
  6. The Most Revd Dr Donald Arthur Richard Caird
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Robert Wyse Jackson
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
Succeeded by
Final appointment
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Meath and Kildare
Succeeded by
Walton Newcombe Frances Empey
Preceded by
Henry McAdoo
Archbishop of Dublin