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The Foundation and Development of the Church of Ireland Divinity Hostel

During the summer of 2016 Sean Hanily worked in the Representative Church Body Library, where as well as cataloguing this collection he also worked on the Library’s printed collection relating to the Church of Ireland’s connection with Trinity College, Dublin. Take a look at his some of his findings. The Church of Ireland Divinity Hostel was […]

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Lunchtime lecture series: Music in context

For the month of April, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, will be hosting weekly lunchtime lectures  at Tuesday afternoons. The series is entitled ‘Music in context at St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin’ and will take place in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral. All papers will begin at 1.10pm. There are four speakers over the course of […]

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Reporting the Rising: A Church of Ireland Perspective

As some of you may know 2016 marks the 160th anniversary of the Church of Ireland Gazette. It was first published in March 1856. Initially known as the Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette (up to 1900) for the first three years of its existence the paper appeared on a monthly basis as a ‘monthly repertory of miscellaneous church news’. However, from […]

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Conversions in St Audoen’s, Dublin, 1827-47

An unusual source was recently brought to the attention of the RCB Library staff by professional genealogist Máire Mac Conghail who is a regular user of the Library’s family history resources. Having consulted the combined register for St Audoen’s parish Dublin comprising baptisms 1837-1917, marriages 1837-1860 and burials 1837-1885 (RCB Library P116/1/4), she discovered an […]

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Dublin Protestants and the Easter Rising

On Thursday 24 March at 1 pm the Dublin Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green is holding a lunchtime public talk on ‘Dublin Protestants and the Easter Rising’.  The speaker will be Dr Martin Maguire, senior lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology, who is well-known as a historian of Irish Protestantism and former speaker at the […]

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CofI preacher books: an invaluable archival source

The Representative Church Body Library holds over 1000 collections of parish registers from all over the country, and many of these include runs of preacher’s books. One such example is the parish of Clones, county Monaghan (and diocese of Clogher) which as the hand–list of parish records compiled by the Library available here shows includes […]

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Irish harpers: 17th and 18th century music

Interested in hearing Irish harp music from the 17th and 18th centuries? From Friday 21st August until Saturday, 29th August, The Historical Harp Society of Ireland will perform ‘Songs of the Irish Harpers – the Legacy of Edward Bunting’. This offers a unique chance to hear evocative 17th- and 18th-century music from two of the greatest […]

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Heritage week 2015 (24-29 Aug)

As is customary now, the Church of Ireland is taking part in the annual Heritage Week (24th-29th August). There will be a number of events taking place throughout the week in church and cathedrals, particularly for those with an interest in church history. For more information on Heritage Week go to: http://www.heritageweek.ie   Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin […]

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Listen back: COIHS November 2014

Missed the last conference at Christ Church Cathedral on 1 November? Members of COIHS can now listen to three fascinating papers delivered by Dr Caroline Gallagher, Reverend Canon Patrick Comerford and Dr Martin Maguire by visiting the podcasts link. You can also download the conference programme by clicking on the archives link. If you are […]

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COIHS November conference, 2014

The Church of Ireland Historical Society’s winter conference will take place at 10.30am on Saturday, 1 November 2014 in the newly refurbished Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. As usual, enter via the door to Chapter Room where those at the registration table will direct you upstairs. Speakers include Dr Caroline Gallagher (Maynooth University), Revd Canon Patrick Comerford […]