Archive editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette, covering 1960 to 1969, are now available online alongside a further presentation in the ‘Borderless Church’ series from the Representative Church Body Library. On 18th October 1963, the first edition of a new …

Editions of the Church of Ireland Gazette for 1960s now available Online Read more »

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 …

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

By collaborating with the parish of Mullingar in County Westmeath, the RCB Library has been able to digitise a volume in the parish record collection entitled a ‘Scrapbook of William Reynell relating to the history of the Parish of Mullingar, …

Parochial History of Mullingar (13th-19th Centuries) Read more »

Each year, the RCB Library’s managing committee – the Library and Archives Committee – delivers an annual report of the Library’s recent activities and developments to the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of Ireland.  The report includes …

RCB Library Acquisitions: A Resource for Local and Family History Read more »

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 …

‘News Behind the News’ from the Gazette Read more »

The Church of Ireland Historical Society’s first conference of the year will be on Saturday, 6 April 2019 in Armagh Robinson Library. The library is located at the northwest entrance gate to the Church of Ireland Cathedral. Tea and coffee will be served from 10.30am and the …

Date for your diary: COIHS Spring Conference, 6 April 2019 Read more »

On 7th February 1619, the oldest surviving register in existence in Ireland, the combined register from St John’s parish in Dublin, commenced. This makes this particular volume 400 years old this month. During her recent visit to the Representative Church Body …

Ireland’s earliest register: St John’s Parish Register 400 years old Read more »

Those with an interest in the Longford/Roscommon region might be particularly interested in the latest finding at the Representative Church Body Library. Below is transcribed content of the parish registers of the former union of Bumlin, Kiltrustan and Lissonuffy in …

The Strokestown (Bumlin) Parish Registers 1811-1969 Read more »

The ‘War to end all Wars’ came to an end on Monday 11th November 1918. After over four years of fighting and death, it was finally over. The sense of relief is captured in the pages of the weekly newspaper, …

Church of Ireland Gazette coverage of WWI, November 1918 Read more »

The Representative Church Body Library currently holds 1,114 collections of parish records covering a variety of time spans (some dating back to medieval times, but most from the late 17th Century onwards). They contain a wide variety of sources relating …

The importance of parish records: the case of Shrule, County Longford Read more »