On Saturday 7th November, the Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) hosted its second conference of the year in the Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Dr Jarlath Killeen of Trinity College, Dublin, began proceedings with a lively and engaging paper that discussed the Irish Protestant Gothic tradition’. Ms Jessica Cunningham, who is pursuing his PhD at Maynooth University, was the second presenter of the day. She delivered an excellent paper on the Church of Ireland’s acquisition and use of altar silver in the seventeenth century. After lunch, Dr Jennifer Redmond of Maynooth University gave a fascinating talk on Protestants in Free State Ireland, specifically the perception of identity and belonging in the post-revolutionary period. The day finished with a highly entertaining paper by Dr Ian d’Alton who talked about how The Irish Times and the Church of Ireland Gazette approached the Tilson case and the dogma of the Assumption in 1950.
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