Right Reverend Peter Birch served as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossary for 17 years (1964-1981). The diocese, which contains Kilkenny city is located in the southeast of Ireland. It was established in 1111 AD. St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny City is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Ossary.
Peter Birch was born in Tullowgalss, Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny in 1911. He was educated locally and at St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny City. He later studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained in 1937. He returned to Kilkenny to teach at St Kieran’s College. During his time at St Kieran’s he wrote a history of the college.
In 1964 Peter Birch was appointed Bishop of Ossary. He served as bishop of the diocese until his death on March 7th 1981. The Ossary Diocesan Social Services were established during his time as Bishop.
Bishop Peter Birch, who was Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossary in southeast Ireland from 1964 to 1981, was born in the year 1911 On This Day.
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