Archdeacon Brien, who held multiple positions within the Irish Church throughout his life, unexpectedly passed away at Egerton Park, Rock Ferry, Cheshire, on his 90th birthday. Following his ordination in Limerick, he served as a curate, rector of Dromkeen, and archdeacon during his career.
In 1878, Archdeacon Brien retired from his role within the Irish Church to reside with his nephew at Rock Ferry. He continued to generously assist the clergy of St. Peter’s, Rock Ferry, while gaining the respect and esteem of the local community.
Originally scheduled to give a sermon on his birthday, the unfortunate turn in his health altered those plans. Despite receiving medical attention for his ulcerated throat, Archdeacon Brien passed away on his birthday, remaining mentally sound until the very end.
Belfast News-Letter – Monday 18 November 1901