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Online publication of the Killoughter Vestry Minute Book, 1813–1916

For historians and others interested in the Church of Ireland and its relevance for local history who have ever wondered ‘What is a vestry book?’ the answer is to be found in a colourful online presentation at the RCB Library’s Archive of the Month slot on the Church of Ireland website. Vestry minute books record […]

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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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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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Listen back: April 2016 podcasts

Missed the last conference at Armagh Public Library on 23rd April? Members of COIHS can now listen to the latest papers delivered by Ms Valerie Adams on the Church of Ireland records in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Dr Jane McKee on the Huguenot background and early Irish career of Peter Drelincourt (1644-1722), and Mr Colin Armstrong on the […]

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Looking back: Armagh conference 2016

On Saturday 23rd April, the Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) hosted its first conference of the year in the Armagh Public Library. Ms Valerie Adams, who is librarian and archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society, began proceedings with a broad overview of the Church of Ireland records housed in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. She highlighted, […]

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COIHS conference: 23 April 2016

With a week and a half to go, the Church of Ireland Historical Society’s first conference of the year will take place at 11am on Saturday, 23 April 2016 at Armagh Public Library. Tea and coffee will be served from 10.30am. Speakers include Ms Valerie Adams (archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland), Dr Jane McKee (University of Ulster) and Mr Colin Armstrong (independent). […]

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Memoir of the life of Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815)

A short memoir of the life of Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) who became Ireland’s first female botanist, which is in the custody of the Representative Church Body Library, has been digitized and made available online: Hutchins memoir Regarded as the first female field botanist in Ireland, Ellen Hutchins was also a gifted botanical illustrator. Constrained by ill-health […]

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1916 Archival sources event: St Thomas’s Church

An Post and the Irish Society for Archives is hosting an event entitled ‘Hidden Pages from the 1916 Rising’ at St Thomas’s Church, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1, on Tuesday 2 February. With fives short papers and chaired by the religious affairs correspondent for the Irish Times, Patsy McGarry, this seminar explores little known archival sources from […]

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CofI 19c registers: escape from African slavery

The RCB Library in Dublin is custodian of over 1000 collections of Church of Ireland records which have been transferred from the parishes where they were created to the library’s safe custody. Within each collection are various categories of records, the most widely–used of which are the registers of baptism, marriage and burial. These document […]

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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 […]