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Date for your diary: COIHS Winter Conference, 1 November 2014

The next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be on Saturday, 1 November 2014 in the chapter room of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Confirmed speakers are Dr Caroline Gallagher (Maynooth University), Canon Patrick Comerford (Church of Ireland Theological Institute) and Dr Martin Maguire (Dundalk Institute of Technology). Further details will be announced in due course.

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WWI short story competition (15-21yr olds)

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, the Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group of the Church of Ireland is sponsoring a short story competition to see how World War One still is remembered by today’s youth. This competition, therfore, is eligible for those between the ages of 15 and 21. Those interested in […]

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Bicentennial of St Brendan’s Church, Tarbert

To celebrate the bicentennial of St Brendan’s Church, Tarbert (Co. Kerry), the Tarbert Historical Society have published a commemorative book entitled St. Brendan’s Church of Ireland, Tarbert, 1814-2014. Two Hundred Years of Change. It contains baptismal records from 1787 to 1916 and details from the local Church of Ireland School, as well as memoirs of […]

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Table of Church of Ireland parish registers

As of last month the Representative Church Body Library (RCBL), in collaboration with the National Archives of Ireland (NAI), has released an online master list of Church of Ireland parish registers. The online list, which include information relating to baptisms, marriages and burials, are considered to be definitive as far as registers within the Republic of Ireland […]

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Tudor & Stuart Ireland conference

On 29 and 30 August 2014, NUI Maynooth will host the annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland conference which is now in its fourth year. The programme offers a wide range of aspects between the end of the fifteenth and the early eighteenth century. There are thirty speakers and two plenary lectures (as well as a tour […]

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‘Lives Remembered’ exhibition

On 28 July 2014, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, is opening a new exhibition entitled ‘Lives Remembered’ which examines the cathedral’s connection to World War One. Among the themes that are explored are the affects of war on the cathedral’s community and the importance of St Patrick’s war monuments, not to mention the significant role it continues to play in remembering […]

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Biography of Rt Revd Donald Caird

On 26 July 2014 at 6pm, Christ Church Cathedral will host the launch of the biography of the the former Archbishop of Dublin, the Rt Revd Donald Caird. The book, entitled Donald Caird: Church of Ireland Bishop: Gaelic Churchman: a Life, is written by Aonghus Dwane and published by Columba Press. Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness will officially […]

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Listen back: COIHS Armagh conference 2014

On Saturday 5 April 2014, the Church of Ireland Historical Society held its spring conference at Armagh Public Library. Professor Jacqueline Hill (NUI Maynooth) delivered a paper on Reverend William Phelan and the historiography of the Church of Ireland; Dr Brendan Scott spoke about the 1622 royal visitation of the Church of Ireland in Ulster; while […]

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Masters in the History of Christianity

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, is offering a new Masters degree in the History of Christianity. Applicants will have the opportunity to undertake their studies either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). They will be required to complete five modules over two semesters (full-time) or over four semesters (part-time) and a 15,000 word thesis. Among the […]

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COIHS student prize essay

As part of our commitment to encouraging research, the Church of Ireland Historical Society awards a prize to the best postgraduate essay relating to the history of the Church of Ireland. Yet again, the Society received high quality papers. This year the W.G. Neely Postgraduate Prize was awarded to Mr Ciarán McCabe. Ciarán is preparing […]