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The Short Read: Monaghan Parish Register and Disestablishment

Under the terms of the Irish Church Act, of 26th July 1869, which passed into law in 1871, the union between Church and State in Ireland that had existed since the Reformation was dissolved, and the Church of Ireland ceased to be established in law, leaving it ‘free to shape her future course, independent of […]

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CofI preacher books: an invaluable archival source

The Representative Church Body Library holds over 1000 collections of parish registers from all over the country, and many of these include runs of preacher’s books. One such example is the parish of Clones, county Monaghan (and diocese of Clogher) which as the hand–list of parish records compiled by the Library available here shows includes […]

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Book launch: ‘Preaching in Belfast, 1747–72’

On Tuesday 20 October in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell, will officially launch Preaching in Belfast, 1747-72. This book, by Raymond Gillespie and Roibeard Ó Gallachóir, contains a unique collection of twenty sermons written by clergyman James Saurin during his time as Vicar of Belfast. It provides a vivid insight into […]