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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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Correspondence & papers of Archbishop Whately (1787–1863)

The RCB library has recently completed cataloguing thee correspondence & papers of Archbishop Richard Whately (1787–1863), archbishop of Dublin between 1831 and 1863, arguably the most dynamic Church of Ireland prelate of the nineteenth century. Collections of Whately papers survive in Lambeth Palace Library, while many additional papers and letters were reproduced in the two–volume biography […]

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CofI parish registers (online) updated

In 2014 the RCB Library compiled a list of original parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) together with surviving copies of same in Church of Ireland parishes. This catalogue, which includes originals and copies of registers held in the RCB Library and the National Archives of Ireland, has now been updated and amended to account for original registers […]

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Yeats 150: Church of Ireland archives

This week (on 13th June to be precise) marks the 150th anniversary of W. B. Yeats’s birth. Entering into the spirit of this particular commemoration, the RCB Library, which is the main record repository of the Church of Ireland, presents significant evidence of the poet’s life and connection with places in Ireland (his baptism and burial). […]

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1962 journal on the Holy Land digitised

The Representative Church Body Library (RCBL) has recently digitised a copy of a journal that was written by a young student, Patricia Ledbetter (now Smyth), as she travelled to Jerusalem and environs, via Holyhead, London, Frankfurt and Beirut, in September 1962. The full digitized copy of Ledbetter’s Holy Land pilgrimage charts the story of an influential journey […]

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Church of Ireland Gazette (1915) digitised

The weekly editions of the 1915 Church of Ireland Gazette has now been made fully accessible online by the RCB Library. The 1915 editions add to those already available for the years 1913 and 1914, enabling further analysis of various aspects of the momentous changes that occurred in Ireland and now being marked in the Decade of […]

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Church of Ireland Gazette (1914) online

Following on from the successful digitization of the 1913 editions of The Church of Ireland Gazette last year, and continuing its commitment to mark the Decade of Commemorations, the RCB Library is pleased to present all 52 editions of The Church of Ireland Gazette for 1914 in a fully searchable format online. The Gazette provides the […]

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Table of Church of Ireland parish registers

As of last month the Representative Church Body Library (RCBL), in collaboration with the National Archives of Ireland (NAI), has released an online master list of Church of Ireland parish registers. The online list, which include information relating to baptisms, marriages and burials, are considered to be definitive as far as registers within the Republic of Ireland […]