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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)


The Right Rev. James Walshe. D.D.

1803 - 1888

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin 



Dr. James Walshe was born at New Ross on 30 June 1803. His parents were Philip Walshe and Mary Doyle, a first cousin of J.K.L.

Certificates exist in the Diocesan Archives, Carlow to show that he spent time studying medicine in Dublin prior to 1823. From 1823 to 1826 he was a student at St. Peterís College, Wexford. He spent the following four years at Carlow College and was ordained in 1830.

He began that year as Professor of Humanity in Carlow College and subsequently taught Moral Philosophy and Theology. In 1837 he assumed a pastoral appointment in the parish of Carlow, where he became Administrator of the Cathedral parish in 1842. A year later he returned to the College as Vice-President and Professor of Greek and Sacred Scripture. He succeeded Dr. Taylor as President in 1850. His term as fourth President lasted until his appointment to succeed Dr. Francis Haly as Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

His Episcopal consecration took place in Carlow Cathedral on March 30, 1856. Twenty-five years later, elaborate celebrations took place in Carlow to mark his Silver Jubilee as Bishop. In 1869, he had received the assistance of a Coadjutor Bishop, the Vincentian James Lynch, former Rector of the Irish College in Paris, and since 1866 Coadjutor Bishop of the Western District in Scotland.


Text source: www.old.kandle.ie

Image source: Comerford, M. Collections relating to the Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin. Volume 1.1883.


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