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Opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’ in the RCB Library, Dublin

The opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’, a collection of Irish books and related materials of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925-2017), took place in the RCB Library on Saturday, 14th September 2019.  This printed collection was presented to the RCB Library by Nancy, his widow (in the context of a larger collection of related archival and […]

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Events to mark Disestablishment 150

As you may know, the Church of Ireland is currently marking the 150th anniversary of its Disestablishment (summarised succinctly as D150).  The Act of Union 1800 united the Churches of England and Ireland ‘into one Protestant Episcopal Church’, a status which continued until the Irish Church Act 1869.  Our theme – ‘free to shape your […]

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Heritage Week: Talks on History and the Church of Ireland

Heritage Week is back for another year! As usual the Church of Ireland tries to involved itself in various activities throughout the week and this year is no different. In what has been a busy year with the fantastic exhibition A Visual Window to an Ecclesiastic World at the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, […]

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The Bank Holiday read: The Gazette’s coverage of Disestablishment in 1869

Drawing on the rich resources of the digitized and freely searchable Church of Ireland Gazette, Dr Miriam Moffitt has produced a timely analysis of the coverage of the Disestablishment story as it happened and was reported by the Gazette, the Church’s newspaper, then under its former name: the Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette (and then as now a monthly, not weekly […]

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The pre-Reformation World in Dublin & Glendalough: Alen Register digitised

As the RCB Library continues its efforts to digitize and make more resources available to a worldwide audience, a second of its most significant medieval manuscripts: the Liber Niger Alani being the record of John Alen (c.1476-1534), Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, 1530-34 (RCB Library D6/3) is now digitally available for public consultation on the Church of […]

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The Bank Holiday Read: A Visual Window to an Ecclesiastical World Exhibition

The RCB Library’s exhibition showcasing a selection of the Church of Ireland’s historical architectural drawings – entitled A Visual Window to an Ecclesiastical World – was launched on Tuesday, 7th May, by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, at a special reception in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin. The exhibition […]

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The Bank Holiday Read: ‘News Behind the News’ from the Gazette

The Church of Ireland Gazette – the Church’s weekly newspaper since 1856 – was written and read by lay and clerical members among others. It provides the longest-running public commentary on its affairs, and as such recognised as a valuable primary source for understanding the complexities and nuance of Church of Ireland and indeed wider Protestant identity, as […]

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Exhibition of Church of Ireland Architectural Drawings

An exhibition of the Church of Ireland’s historical architectural drawings – entitled A Visual Window to an Ecclesiastical World – will be launched by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, next Tuesday evening (7th May) at the Architecture Gallery, in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin.  Admission is free but those […]

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Listen back: COIHS Armagh 2019

Missed the last conference at Armagh Robinson Library on 6 April? Members of the Church of Ireland Historical Society can now listen to the latest papers delivered by Professor Rachel Moss on the impact of the Reformation on medieval parish churches, Dr Andrew Sneddon on the Bishop Francis Hutchinson of Down and Conner in the eighteenth […]

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The Bank Holiday Read: the Kinmonths of Shandon, Cork

The RCB Library recently solved a genealogical mystery concerning the family of Kinmonth from the parish of St Anne’s, Shandon. Whilst originally a family name of Norman origins, and with strong links in Scotland, Kinmonth is not a typical Cork name, yet some older Corkonians would have heard of the Kinmonth family as being poultry […]