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 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, …

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

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 …

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

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 …

A Visual Window to Rural Church Settings in the 1930s Read more »

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 …

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

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 …

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