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 Dr Colin Reid presented his work on Stephen Gwynn and the Irish revolution.

Members of the Society can listen to the papers by accessing the podcasts link and inserting the obligatory password. You can also download the details of the conference by accessing the archives page.

If you are not a member but would like to hear these papers, you can join the Society by clicking on the membership page. Should you have any queries, please contact the secretary.


COIHS (speakers)

(Back row, left to right) Mr George Woodman, Revd Gregory Dunstan, Prof. David Hayton, Revd Dr Adrian Empey, Mr Brendan Toomey. (Front row, left to right) Dr Colin Reid, Prof. Jacqueline Hill, Mr Ciaran McCabe. Photo courtesy of Ian Maginess.

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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 modules available to prospective students are the history of Chrisitan thought, the history of Christain Practice, and the writing of church history from the Reformation to the 20th century.

For more information, including how to apply, please consult the brochure attached.

Masters in the History of Christianity, Brochure

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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 his doctoral thesis in the department of history at NUI Maynooth. His paper was entitled: ‘Suppressing street begging in pre-Famine Ireland: the case of the Church of Ireland parish vestry.’

Runner-up prizes were also awarded to Sarah Hunter (Trinity College, Dublin) for her paper entitled: ‘For God and Empire: the imperial identity of the Church of Ireland mission in British Bengal’, and Jamie Blake-Knox (Trinity College, Dublin) who submitted a paper entitled: ‘The most impudent falsehood in history’.

Postgraduate students of any discipline are welcome to submit papers when details of the next student prize essay are announced. For further enquiries, please contact the honorary secretary.

(From left to right): Professor David Hayton (COIHS committee member), Mr Ciarán McCabe (COIHS student prize winner), Rev. Dr Adrian Empey (COIHS Honorary Secretary).
Photo courtesy of Ian Maginess

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As part of the bicentenary celebrations at St George’s Parish Church, Belfast, the parish will host a lecture by Rev Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch (University of Oxford) on Thursday, 8 May at 7.30 pm.

The title of the lecture is “The Reformation – this stupid and pernicious tragedy”? It will be followed by a discussion chaired by Dr William Crawley.

Tickets are £5 (minimum donation) payable at the door of St George’s on the night.  There is car parking in the multi-storey car park beside the church. Those wishing to attend should note that there is limited seating so please arrive early.

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The next Church of Ireland Historical Society conference is to be held in the Armagh Public Library on Saturday, 5 April at 10.30am.

Professor Jacqueline Hill will talk about Reverend William Phelan and the historiography of the Church of Ireland; Dr Brendan Scott will examine the 1622 royal visitation of the Church of Ireland in Ulster; while Dr Colin Reid will discuss the Irish Protestant Nationalist, Stephen Gwynn, during the revolutionary period, c. 1912-23. The research paper will be delivered by Mr Ciarán McCabe. He will assess the suppression of street begging in early nineteenth-century Ireland.

Full details of the conference programme is available to download on the our archive page.

Anyone wishing to attend can register online via our membership page. Non-members are most welcome.

We look forward to seeing you in Armagh.

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A new series of lunchtime lectures aimed at ‘Introducing Christ Church’ gets underway in March. The Cathedral Library and Archives Committee has arranged the series of illustrated talks in Christ Church Cathedral each Tuesday in March. Each session will feature a different speaker and the lectures get underway at 1.05 pm. They will last about half an hour and will be followed by a short break for tea and coffee and discussion concluding at 2.00 pm.

Admission to the lectures is free and the series is supported by the Friends of Christ Church.

Tuesday, 4 March: Canon Kenneth Kearon (Secretary–General of the Anglican Communion), ‘What are cathedrals for?’

Tuesday, 11 March: Ian Keatley (Director of music at Christ Church Cathedral), ‘Music at Christ Church Cathedral’

Tuesday, 18 March: Professor Raymond Gillespie (NUI Maynooth), ‘Christ Church and its history’

Tuesday, 25 March, Canon Roy Byrne, ‘The silver of Christ Church’

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New publication The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History to be launched in Belfast and Dublin, 3rd & 5th December

A colourful and comprehensive new book entitled The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History published by Booklink is to be launched in both Belfast and Dublin. The Belfast event will take place at St Anne’s Cathedral on Tuesday 3rd December at 6.30pm, launched by The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and the guest speaker will be Professor Brian Walker (who was a consultant editor of the new book). The Dublin event will be launched by The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, and Archbishop Richard Clarke, on Thursday 5th December at Church House, Rathmines, Dublin 6 at 7.00pm.  You are warmly invited to either event.

The new 400-page book is produced in hardback and full-colour. The Archbishop of Armagh and Archbishop of Dublin state in their foreword to it: ‘This volume comprises the work of over sixty historians, editors and photographers from all over Ireland with a diverse range of interests and approaches. Each tells the story of the Church in his or her own way and the variety of this material reflects the diversity within the Church of Ireland itself … This book achieves the remarkable task of covering every parish or union/group of parishes, with illustrations of over two thirds of all the churches.’

Speaking ahead of the launch, Booklink Publisher (and co-consultant editor), Dr Claude Costecalde, says: ‘Informed and inspired by the past, the Church of Ireland looks forward with confidence and eager expectation to the future. This illustrated book presents its rich heritage and history in an attractive contemporary style that will appeal to every generation. It reveals at the same time the modern presence of the Church in every diocese. The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History is a record of the past with an invitation to reflect on the life of the Church in the twenty-first century.’

Contact details for the publisher are: Dr Claude Costecalde: claude@booklink.ie

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Homepage-MastheadThe next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be on Saturday, 5 April 2014.

Confirmed speakers are Professor Jacqueline Hill (National University of Ireland, Maynooth), Dr Colin Reid (Northumbria University, Newcastle) and Dr Brendan Scott (County Cavan Museum).

Further details will announced in due course.

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Homepage-MastheadThe most recent meeting of the Society was held in the Chapter Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, 2 November 2013.

For details of the programme click on the ‘archives‘ link.

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