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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, […]

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Looking back: Dublin conference 2019

On Saturday 2nd November, the Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) hosted its second conference of the year in the Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. We had yet another excellent turnout and wish to thank members, both old and new, as well as day visitors who came to hear four great papers. We […]

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

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, dated 6th November 1867. St John the Evangelist, Sandymount, is somewhat unique in the Church […]

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Colloquium on Disestablishment, 1869-2019

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland (through the Irish Church Act 1869), the Church of Ireland Theological Institute will host a colloquium on Saturday, 30th November, featuring three historians who will speak on Disestablishment and its context within Irish history.  The event will start at 9.30am and finish […]

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Parochial History of Mullingar (13th-19th Centuries)

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, 13th – 19th cent.’ The source was brought to the Library’s attention by a parishioner […]

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Date for your diary: COIHS Winter Conference, 2 November 2019

The Church of Ireland Historical Society’s second conference of the year will be on Saturday, 2 November 2019 in Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Room, Dublin. Tea and coffee will be served from 10.30am and the first paper will start at 11am. Confirmed speakers are Dr Áine Hensey (RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta), Professor Kevin Cathcart (UCD), Dr Ida Milne (Carlow […]

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RCB Library Acquisitions: A Resource for Local and Family History

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 a detailed appendix of all of the acquisitions that came into the Library’s custody and were […]

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Opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’ in the RCB Library, Dublin

The opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’, a collection of Irish books and related materials of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925-2017), took place in the RCB Library on Saturday, 14th September 2019.  This printed collection was presented to the RCB Library by Nancy, his widow (in the context of a larger collection of related archival and […]

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Events to mark Disestablishment 150

As you may know, the Church of Ireland is currently marking the 150th anniversary of its Disestablishment (summarised succinctly as D150).  The Act of Union 1800 united the Churches of England and Ireland ‘into one Protestant Episcopal Church’, a status which continued until the Irish Church Act 1869.  Our theme – ‘free to shape your […]

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Heritage Week: Talks on History and the Church of Ireland

Heritage Week is back for another year! As usual the Church of Ireland tries to involved itself in various activities throughout the week and this year is no different. In what has been a busy year with the fantastic exhibition A Visual Window to an Ecclesiastic World at the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, […]