|The Most Reverend|
Donald Arthur Richard Caird
|Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe|
|Bishop of Meath and Kildare|
|Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland|
11 December 1925|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy née Sharpe|
|Alma mater||Wesley College, Dublin; Trinity College, Dublin|
|Religion||Christian Church of Ireland|
He was born in Dublin and educated at Wesley College and Trinity College in his native city and 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.
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|Church of England titles|
Robert Wyse Jackson
|Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
| Succeeded by|
|Bishop of Meath and Kildare
| Succeeded by|
Walton Newcombe Frances Empey
|Archbishop of Dublin|