Reformation 500 Conference

The Church of Ireland Historical Society, together with our friends in the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland, will be co-hosting a two day conference marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will take place on Friday 20th October and Saturday 21 October 2017.

The event is FREE and all members of the public are welcome to attend. Due to unexpected demand, however, the event has now booked out. Those interested in attending can be placed on a reservation list – for further details please click here. The conference programme can be seen below.

Proceedings on Friday 20th October will take place in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, beginning at 3pm. Dr Scott Dixon (Queen’s University, Belfast) will kick off the conference with a presentation on ‘Martin Luther and the Reformation‘. After a short coffee break, Professors Peter Marshall (University of Warwick) and Alec Ryrie (Durham University) will lead an open discussion entitled ‘Tudor Brexit: How European were the British and Irish Reformations?‘.

This will be followed by the launch of a book edited by Dr Mark Empey, Professor Alan Ford and Dr Miriam Moffitt, entitled The Church of Ireland and its past: history, interpretation and memory, which was co-funded by the Church of Ireland Historical Society.

On Saturday 21 October 2017, the conference will be at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin City University commencing at 10am, where Professors Alan Ford (University of Nottingham), Graeme Murdock (Trinity College, Dublin) and Jane Dawson (University of Edinburgh) will discuss reform movements in England, Ireland and Europe. This will be followed with presentations by Dr Alison Forrestal (NUI Galway) and Professor Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (University College Dublin) who will examine the Catholic reformations in Ireland and Europe. Professor Mícheál Mac Craith (St Isidore’s Irish College, Rome) and Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin) will then look at how the Reformation was written in Europe and Ireland. The conference will end with a roundtable discussion on commemorating the Reformation, which will be chaired by Professor Marian Lyons (Maynooth University).

For informal inquiries, you can contact either Professor Marian Lyons ( or Dr Adrian Empey (