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Irish Protestant Folk Memory Project

The Irish Protestant Folk Memory Project sets out to document the different ways in which Protestants have historically engaged with and contributed to Irish public life, in the social, cultural and economic spheres, with a view to adding significantly to our understanding of the depth and breadth of Irish folklore. While Irish Protestants are well represented […]

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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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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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CofI preacher books: an invaluable archival source

Maeve Mullin reports on more fascinating material from the RCB Library archives: 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 […]

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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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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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Bicentennial of St Brendan’s Church, Tarbert

To celebrate the bicentennial of St Brendan’s Church, Tarbert (Co. Kerry), the Tarbert Historical Society have published a commemorative book entitled St. Brendan’s Church of Ireland, Tarbert, 1814-2014. Two Hundred Years of Change. It contains baptismal records from 1787 to 1916 and details from the local Church of Ireland School, as well as memoirs of […]