Bishop of Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, 1952-56; Archbishop of Dublin, 1956-69; Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of All Ireland, 1969-80.
Deacon, 1935; Priest, 1936; Dean of Cork, 1952.
“Alongside Cardinal William Conway, Simms chaired the first official ecumenical meeting between the leaders of Ireland’s Protestant Churches and the Catholic Church in Ballymascanlon Hotel, Dundalk, Co. Louth on 26 September 1973, an important meeting amidst the increasing violence in Northern Ireland. The meeting was protested by Ian Paisley.” [Wikipedia]
Publications: For Better, for Worse (1945); The Book of Kells: a short description (1950); The Book of Kells (facsimile edn), ed. with E. H. Alton and P. Meyer (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).