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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]