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The Content of Church of Ireland Pew Registers, c. 1719-1839

The online exhibit ‘Please Be Seated: The Content of Church of Ireland Pew Registers’ focuses on the relatively rare church record called the pew register, one of an array of record types produced by the parish vestry – the committee that managed the parish (then as now) in the course of its administrative business. The […]

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Jonathan Swift Symposium 2016

On Saturday 15 October the Deanery of St Patrick’s Cathedral will host the 15th annual Swift Symposium. The proceedings will begin at the usual time of 2pm and end at 5pm. The programme is as follows: Dr Lucinda Cole (University of Illinois): ‘Swift among the Locust’ Dr Karen Lipsedge (Associate Professor of English, Kingston University, London): ‘“Domestic Man”? Swift […]

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Church of Ireland and Culture Night 2016!

The Church of Ireland is doing its part to mark the wonderful festivity that is Culture Night 2016. Here’s just a small sample of what is going on tonight right across the country (for further details visit the Culture Night website: http://www.culturenight.ie). Enjoy yourselves! Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: Experience historic tours of the cathedral and its […]

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Historiography of the Church of Ireland

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is delighted to announce that together with Four Courts Press they will publish a book on the historiography of the Church of Ireland in 2017. Edited by Dr Mark Empey (National University of Ireland, Galway), Professor Alan Ford (Nottingham University) and Dr Miriam Moffitt (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth), this sizeable […]

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Local history: using parish registers & gravestone inscriptions

In the latest of fascinating accounts on the value of exploring Church of Ireland parish registers, Gerry Kearney explores his approach to tracking parochial families in Killinane and Kilconickny in County Galway. Killinane Killinane, sometimes recorded as Killinan, was a vicarage in the diocese of Kilmacduagh. By order of the Privy Council dated 11 March 1726, […]

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Book launch: ‘Preaching in Belfast, 1747–72’

On Tuesday 20 October in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell, will officially launch Preaching in Belfast, 1747-72. This book, by Raymond Gillespie and Roibeard Ó Gallachóir, contains a unique collection of twenty sermons written by clergyman James Saurin during his time as Vicar of Belfast. It provides a vivid insight into […]

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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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Culture Night 2014

It’s that time of the year again and ‘Culture Night 2014’ is set to take the country by storm once more this Friday, 19 September. As usual, the Church of Ireland is playing its part in the festivities and offering members of the public a range of activities, including concerts, historic tours, lectures and silent […]

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COIHS Conference, 2 November 2013

The most recent meeting of the Society was held in the Chapter Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, 2 November 2013. For details of the programme click on the ‘archives‘ link.