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His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. George Otto Simms (4 July 1910- 15 November 1991), D.D., was an archbishop in the Church of Ireland. He was born at Combermore House in Liffordmarker, a small town in the east of County Donegalmarker, part of the Province of Ulster in Irelandmarker. He also attended the Prior School in Lifford for a time. He went on to study at Trinity College, Dublinmarker, after having attended Cheltenham Collegemarker, a public school in Britainmarker.

He became a deacon in 1935 and a priest in 1936. He was appointed Dean of Cork in 1952; consecrated a bishop, he served as Lord Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, 1952-56.

He was successively Lord Archbishop of Dublin, from 1956 to 1969, and then Lord Archbishop of Armagh, from 1969 to 1980. He was also a scholar, who published research on the history of the Church of Ireland and on the Book of Kells.

George Otto Simms is interred with his wife, Mercy Felicia née Gwynn (1915 - 1998) in the cemetery attached to the church St. Maelruain, Tallaght, Co. Dublin.


  • For Better, for Worse, 1945
  • The Book of Kells: a short description, 1950
  • (ed with E. H. Alton and P. Meyer) The Book of Kells (facsimile edn), Berne, 1951
  • The Bible in Perspective, 1953
  • Christ within Me, 1975
  • Irish Illuminated Manuscripts, 1980
  • In My Understanding, 1982
  • Tullow's Story, 1983
  • (with R. G. F. Jenkins) Pioneers and Partners, 1985
  • Angels and Saints, 1988
  • Exploring the Book of Kells, 1988
  • Brendan the Navigator, 1989

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