Nicholas Walsh

Life
?-1585; bishop of Ossory, 1577; son of Patrick Walsh, bishop of Waterford (d.1578); ed. Paris, Oxford and Cambridge; Chancellor St. Patrick’s, 1571; joined [or succeeded by] John Kearney in translating the New Testament into Irish, 1573, to be completed later by William Daniel (Ó Domhnaill); murdered in Kilkenny. ODNB

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Commentary
Walter Harris, trans. Sir James Ware, Writers of Ireland (Dublin: Ebenezer Rider 1736 Edn.): ‘Nicholas Walsh, Bishop of Ossory, writ Learned Sermons in Latin, yet extant in his own Hand Writing. He also attempted the translation of the New Testament, into Irish about the Year1573, but his Design was Prevented by a horrid Murther committed on him in 1585.’ (Chap. XII.)

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Notes
Minister of St. Werburgh’s from 1571 to 1577 and subseq. Bishop of Ossory, was the first to introduce Irish types ... Queen Elizabeth, at her own expense, having provide a printing press and a fount of Irish letters ‘in the hope that God in his mercy would raise up some to translate the New Testament into their mother tongue.’ [Gilbert, Hist of Dublin, I, 29]

Discrepancies in account of the collaboration or succession of authorships in the translation of the New Testament under Nicholas Walsh, John Kearney, William Daniel, and Nehemiah Donnellan.

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