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 …

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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 »

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 …

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As the RCB Library continues its efforts to digitize and make more resources available to a worldwide audience, a second of its most significant medieval manuscripts: the Liber Niger Alani being the record of John Alen (c.1476-1534), Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, …

The pre-Reformation World in Dublin & Glendalough: Alen Register digitised Read more »

Missed the last conference at Christ Church Cathedral on 3rd November? Members of the Church of Ireland Historical Society can now listen to the latest papers delivered by Professor Steven Ellis on the Reformation and St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church in Galway, …

Listen back: COIHS Dublin 2018 Read more »

On Saturday 3rd November, the Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) hosted its second conference of the year in the Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral. We had a superb turnout and wish to thank members, both old and new …

Looking back: Dublin conference 2018 Read more »

The Church of Ireland Historical Society’s second conference of the year will be on Saturday, 3 November 2018 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 …

Date for your diary: COIHS Winter Conference 3 November 2018 Read more »

With exactly a month to go before we host our big conference marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (20-21 October), plans are gathering apace. However, due to exceptionally high demand the conference has now been fully booked out! Still …

Important! Reformation 500 booked out: details of reserve list Read more »

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is pleased to announce that The Church of Ireland and its past: history, interpretation and identity, edited by Mark Empey, Alan Ford and Miriam Moffitt, is now out and available in all good bookstores. Co-funded …

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The Church of Ireland Historical Society, together with our friends in the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland, have been working tirelessly in the background organising a big conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We are delighted to …

BIG NEWS! Reformation 500 Conference, October 2017 Read more »