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The Tuam, Killala and Achonry Diocesan Archive

The RCB Library is pleased to report that the historical diocesan archive for Tuam, Killala and Achonry has been arranged and listed, and the detailed catalogue will be published online for public perusal. When the Library reopens to the public, the collection will become available for researchers, and it is likely to be of considerable […]

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A Visual Window to Rural Church Settings in the 1930s

A rare set of 27 lantern slides depicting various churches principally in the diocese of Leighlin, but additionally from the dioceses of Glendalough and Kildare, and one of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, has recently been transferred from St Canice’s Cathedral to the RCB Library by the Dean of Ossory, the Very Revd David MacDonnell. […]

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The 200th Anniversary of the First Performance of Handel’s Messiah

The first public performance of Handel’s Messiah took place in Neal’s Musick Hall, Fishamble Street, Dublin, in the shadows of Christ Church Cathedral on 13th April 1742. Given the strong religious nature of the oratorio, it is perhaps no surprise that its first performance drew so heavily from the two cathedrals in Dublin in particular, as well […]

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The Short Read: Monaghan Parish Register and Disestablishment

Under the terms of the Irish Church Act, of 26th July 1869, which passed into law in 1871, the union between Church and State in Ireland that had existed since the Reformation was dissolved, and the Church of Ireland ceased to be established in law, leaving it ‘free to shape her future course, independent of […]

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Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is delighted to announce our forthcoming Spring conference, ‘Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020’, in partnership with our friends at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, In a slightly different set up from our usual meeting at Armagh, this conference includes six speakers […]

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Digging for Emmet: Ghostly Images From Dublin’s Past

On February 2019, the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin met at St Michan’s Church, Dublin, to issue an appeal for the return of the head of an 800-year old mummy which was stolen during a raid at the church’s crypt. At this event, a chance meeting between Colin O’Riordan, a photographer […]

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Church of Ireland: Disestablishment and beyond

On Thursday 27th February the Royal Irish Academy is hosting a half-day conference produced in partnership with the Church of Ireland as part of the Church’s National Programme that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. Entitled ‘Church of Ireland: Disestablishment any beyond’, the conference will commence with an introduction […]

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St Barnabas Church, Dublin: leading Social Justice and Reform since the 1860s

This month, 22nd January 2020 to be exact, marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of a unique church in the history of the Church of Ireland: St Barnabas. The church stood for just over 100 years and was a dynamic presence within the Church of Ireland and the community that it served in the […]

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Disestablishment and the Church of Ireland Lecture series

As part of the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin) is hosting a lunchtime lectures series detailing perspectives after the disestablishment relating to topics such as government, history, the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland churches. All presentations begin at 1.10pm in the Music Room. The line-up […]

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Listen back: COIHS Dublin 2019

Missed the last conference at Christ Church Cathedral on 2nd November? Members of the Church of Ireland Historical Society can now listen to the latest papers delivered by Dr Áine Hensey on the challenges facing the Church of Ireland community outside the Pale in the sixteenth century, Professor Kevin Cathcart on the life and career of […]