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Statement by the Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh, on the Death of John Hume

The Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued the following statement on the death of John Hume: ‘Firstly, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to John Hume’s wife, Pat, and to the wider family.  For many people, even looking on at a distance, Pat’s […]

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Pandemic in Ireland 1918-19: reports from the Church of Ireland Gazette

The historian and writer, Dr Ida Milne, has been commissioned by the RCB Library to produce a timely analysis piece on the influenza of 1918-1919 as viewed through the lens of the Church of Ireland Gazette. In this illustrated online presentation, Dr Milne explores how the influenza was reported by the Church of Ireland Gazette. In the early […]

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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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A Visual Window to Rural Church Settings in the 1930s

A rare set of 27 lantern slides depicting various churches principally in the diocese of Leighlin, but additionally from the dioceses of Glendalough and Kildare, and one of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, has recently been transferred from St Canice’s Cathedral to the RCB Library by the Dean of Ossory, the Very Revd David MacDonnell. […]

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The 200th Anniversary of the First Performance of Handel’s Messiah

The first public performance of Handel’s Messiah took place in Neal’s Musick Hall, Fishamble Street, Dublin, in the shadows of Christ Church Cathedral on 13th April 1742. Given the strong religious nature of the oratorio, it is perhaps no surprise that its first performance drew so heavily from the two cathedrals in Dublin in particular, as well […]

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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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Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is delighted to announce our forthcoming Spring conference, ‘Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020’, in partnership with our friends at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, In a slightly different set up from our usual meeting at Armagh, this conference includes six speakers […]

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Digging for Emmet: Ghostly Images From Dublin’s Past

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 at the church’s crypt. At this event, a chance meeting between Colin O’Riordan, a photographer […]

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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 […]