The final blog of 2020 is an examination of the 1970s through the lens of the Church of Ireland Gazette, the Church’s weekly newspaper. It coincides with the online release of all editions for that decade: 1970-79 inclusive. In contrast to …

Online Release of the Church of Ireland Gazette Editions from 1970s: Special Focus on the ‘Borderless Church’ Read more »

Following on from Dr Marie Coleman’s analysis of the 1950s available and Prof Brian M Walker’s personal perspective on the Gazette’s Coverage of the 1960s from north of the Border, Dr Ian d’Alton, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary …

A Republic of Ireland Perspective on the 1960s: the Church of Ireland Gazette Read more »

The Representative Church Body Library’s long-term project to digitize and make freely available the complete run of the Church’s all-island newspaper, the Church of Ireland Gazette (in print since 1856) is about to be fulfilled with the addition of the remaining decades …

Church of Ireland Gazette Online Digitization Complete: 1950-59 Editions Now Freely Available Online Read more »

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 …

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

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 …

Seeking public help on RCB Library Lantern Slides Read more »

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 Tuam, Killala and Achonry Diocesan Archive Read more »

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 …

The Short Read: Monaghan Parish Register and Disestablishment Read more »

On February 2019, the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin met at St Michan’s Church, Dublin, to issue an appeal for the return of the head of an 800-year old mummy which was stolen during a raid …

Digging for Emmet: Ghostly Images From Dublin’s Past Read more »

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 …

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

In 2019, the RCB Library has received numerous invaluable items to augment the already substantial collection held for St John the Evangelist, Sandymount. Of particular interest was one document, with an attached map, outlining the designation of parochial district boundaries, …

The Unique Story of the Church of St John the Evangelist, Dublin, in the Nineteenth Century Read more »