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‘Becoming Strangers?’ The Experience of Southern Protestants 1900-23

On Saturday 28 November 2020 there will be a seminar setting out to explore the experience of Southern Protestants between 1900 and 1923. In particular it will discuss how they ‘became strangers’ in the newly established and very Catholic Free State. Accounting for 10% of the population of what would become the Free State in […]

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A Republic of Ireland Perspective on the 1960s: the Church of Ireland Gazette

Following on from Dr Marie Coleman’s analysis of the 1950s available and Prof Brian M Walker’s personal perspective on the Gazette’s Coverage of the 1960s from north of the Border, Dr Ian d’Alton, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin, now provides an insightful and contrasting piece on the 1960s. […]

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Editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette for 1960s now available Online

Archive editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette, covering 1960 to 1969, are now available online alongside a further presentation in the ‘Borderless Church’ series from the Representative Church Body Library. On 18th October 1963, the first edition of a new series of the Gazette was published, following a move of the paper’s operation from Dublin to Belfast […]

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WE’RE BACK! Date for your diary: COIHS Winter Conference (online), 7 November 2020

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host its winter conference in a virtual format. It will be held on Saturday, 7 November 2020 and both members and day participants can hear our fantastic four speakers via Zoom Video Conferencing. As always, the first paper will start at 11am, plenty of time to […]

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Seven minutes’ bells at 7pm for 7 nights at historic St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway (1320-2020)

St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway, currently celebrating the 700th year since its foundation, is delighted to announce that the church bells are sounding out for seven minutes at 7pm for seven days.  The initiative commenced on Sunday night (27th September) and they will ring out each evening this week and flood the streets of Galway […]

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Church of Ireland Gazette Online Digitization Complete: 1950-59 Editions Now Freely Available Online

The Representative Church Body Library’s long-term project to digitize and make freely available the complete run of the Church’s all-island newspaper, the Church of Ireland Gazette (in print since 1856) is about to be fulfilled with the addition of the remaining decades from 1950 to 2009 to the existing online search engine: https://esearch.informa.ie/rcb   This project began modestly in […]

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Outreach in the Midst of Conflict: The Revd John Redmond in 1920s Belfast

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Belfast Riots, Prof Brian M Walker, Professor Emeritus of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with the Representative Church Body Library, Dublin, has produced a timely piece on the bridge-building contribution of one Church of Ireland cleric. The Revd John Redmond was a well-known figure in the columns […]

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Statement by the Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh, on the Death of John Hume

The Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued the following statement on the death of John Hume: ‘Firstly, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to John Hume’s wife, Pat, and to the wider family.  For many people, even looking on at a distance, Pat’s […]

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Pandemic in Ireland 1918-19: reports from the Church of Ireland Gazette

The historian and writer, Dr Ida Milne, has been commissioned by the RCB Library to produce a timely analysis piece on the influenza of 1918-1919 as viewed through the lens of the Church of Ireland Gazette. In this illustrated online presentation, Dr Milne explores how the influenza was reported by the Church of Ireland Gazette. In the early […]

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Seeking public help on RCB Library Lantern Slides

The Representative Church Body Library – which serves as the Church of Ireland’s central archive repository – holds a large collection of lantern slides, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which have been donated for safe keeping.  Many have been digitized to protect their quality and can be viewed in the Church online […]