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WE’RE BACK! Date for your diary: COIHS Winter Conference (online), 7 November 2020

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will host its winter conference in a virtual format. It will be held on Saturday, 7 November 2020 and both members and day participants can hear our fantastic four speakers via Zoom Video Conferencing. As always, the first paper will start at 11am, plenty of time to […]

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Outreach in the Midst of Conflict: The Revd John Redmond in 1920s Belfast

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Belfast Riots, Prof Brian M Walker, Professor Emeritus of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with the Representative Church Body Library, Dublin, has produced a timely piece on the bridge-building contribution of one Church of Ireland cleric. The Revd John Redmond was a well-known figure in the columns […]

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Seeking public help on RCB Library Lantern Slides

The Representative Church Body Library – which serves as the Church of Ireland’s central archive repository – holds a large collection of lantern slides, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which have been donated for safe keeping.  Many have been digitized to protect their quality and can be viewed in the Church online […]

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The Tuam, Killala and Achonry Diocesan Archive

The RCB Library is pleased to report that the historical diocesan archive for Tuam, Killala and Achonry has been arranged and listed, and the detailed catalogue will be published online for public perusal. When the Library reopens to the public, the collection will become available for researchers, and it is likely to be of considerable […]

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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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Church of Ireland: Disestablishment and beyond

On Thursday 27th February the Royal Irish Academy is hosting a half-day conference produced in partnership with the Church of Ireland as part of the Church’s National Programme that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. Entitled ‘Church of Ireland: Disestablishment any beyond’, the conference will commence with an introduction […]

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St Barnabas Church, Dublin: leading Social Justice and Reform since the 1860s

This month, 22nd January 2020 to be exact, marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of a unique church in the history of the Church of Ireland: St Barnabas. The church stood for just over 100 years and was a dynamic presence within the Church of Ireland and the community that it served in the […]

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Disestablishment and the Church of Ireland Lecture series

As part of the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin) is hosting a lunchtime lectures series detailing perspectives after the disestablishment relating to topics such as government, history, the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland churches. All presentations begin at 1.10pm in the Music Room. The line-up […]

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Listen back: COIHS Dublin 2019

Missed the last conference at Christ Church Cathedral on 2nd November? Members of the Church of Ireland Historical Society can now listen to the latest papers delivered by Dr Áine Hensey on the challenges facing the Church of Ireland community outside the Pale in the sixteenth century, Professor Kevin Cathcart on the life and career of […]

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William Somerville-Large: the last pre-Disestablished cleric of the Church of Ireland

The personal story of the last member of the clergy to be ordained before Disestablishment – the Revd William Somerville-Large (1847-1939) – has been commissioned by the RCB Library as a final contribution to the 150th anniversary for 2019. The presentation is the voluntary work of historians Professor Alan Ford and Dr Miriam Moffitt who, […]