The death has taken place of Rt Revd Prof Donald Caird, a former Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of All Ireland. Bishop Caird, who was 91, died in the early hours of this morning. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Ann, John and Helen.
The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has paid the following tribute: "So many will be saddened by the news of the death of Bishop Donald Caird, who all will recognise gave wonderful service to the Church of Ireland in so many ways over very many years.
"Donald was loved and respected in equal measure and I wish to extend the sympathies of the Church of Ireland to Nancy and his family. May they know God’s comfort at this time of loss."
Bishop Caird retired in April 1996 and became a Visiting Professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, USA, from 1997. He had served as Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of All Ireland from 1985-96; Bishop of Meath & Kildare (1976-85); and Bishop of Limerick (1970-76).
Funeral arrangements will be confirmed in due course.
The Rt Revd Prof Donald Arthur Richard Caird was born on 11 December1925 in Dublin, the third son of George and Emily Caird. He was educated at Wesley College (1936-44) – where he represented the College on the 1st XV Rugby Cup Team – and at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1949, MA 1955, BD 1955, HDipEd 1959); he was a distinguished undergraduate scholar, taking a 1st Class Moderatorship in Philosophy, being Scholar of the House and receiving several prizes including being Kyle Prizeman in the Irish Language. He received an Hon DD in 1988 and and Hon LLD 1993.
He was ordained Deacon in 1950; Priest in 1951 and Bishop in 1970.
He was a Curate in St Mark’s Church, Dundela, Belfast (1950-53); Assistant Master and Chaplain at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen (1953-7); Lecturer in Philosophy, St David’s University College, Lampeter, Wales (1957-9); Rector of Rathmichael Parish Church, Shankill, Dublin (1960-9); Assistant Master of St Columba’s College, Dublin (1960-7); Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Divinity Hostel, Dublin (1962-70); Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at TCD (1962-3); Dean of Ossory (1969-70); Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert & Aghadoe (1970-76); Bishop of Meath & Kildare (1976-85); Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland (1985-96).
He married Nancy Ballantyne Sharpe in 1963 and the couple had three children, Ann, John and Helen.
Aonghus Dwane's insightful biography of Donald Caird, Donald Caird: Church of Ireland Bishop, Gaelic Churchman, A Life (Columba Press), was published in 2014. It recognized Bishop Caird's lifelong interests in the Irish language and ecumenism, which led to him being well known in Irish society.