The Tablet Page 17, 16th January 1886
The venerable Rector of the Irish College celebrated, on New Year’s Day, his 86th birthday. High Mass was pontificated in the Church of St. Agatha, attached to the college, by the Archbishop of of Cincinnati, U.S.A., after which Bishop Kirby entertained at dinner Cardinal Howard, the Archbishop of Cincinnati, the Bishops of Galloway, Argyll and the Isles, and Davenport, U.S.A., Mgr. Stonor, Abbot Smith, 0.S.B., the Rectors of the Foreign Colleges, the Priors of the National Institutes, the Very Rev. Father Lockhart, Mgr. O’Bryen, and several other dignitaries. The Holy Father sent his congratulations and apostolic benediction, in honour of this anniversary of his old and highly valued friend.