CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 21st April 2001
From: The RCB Library
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Killaloe Cathedral Organ Appeal
Under the leadership of the Dean of Killaloe, the Very Revd Nicholas
Cummins, a major restoration project in St Flannan's Cathedral has recently
been completed and another project is in hand. Both are parts of a
millennium initiative which is designed to enhance the Cathedral's role in
the local, national and international community.
Some £200,000 has been spent on the fabric of the Gothic cathedral. This
work has included the removal of Victorian pointing, the repair of a
Romanesque doorway and the reconstruction of the 12th century high cross of
Kilfenora. The restoration committee raised £60,000 and the balance came
from the European Regional Development Fund.
The cathedral authorities have now turned their attention to the second
part of their initiative - the restoration of the Cathedral organ. It was
built in 1900 by Nicholson and Lord of Worcester and partially re-built in
1966. The instrument has seriously deteriorated since then and is now
unplayable. A minimum of £45,000 is required to make the instrument
"liturgically possible", according to Dean Cummins, but £75,000
is needed to bring it to concert standard.
The restoration of the organ will be a major contribution to strengthening
St Flannan's role, not only as the liturgical centre for the diocese of
Killaloe, but also as an ecumenical centre, tourist attraction and concert
venue for the region.
Donations may be sent to the Very Revd Nicholas Cummins, The Deanery,
Killaloe, Co. Clare.
During the post Easter period most of the cathedral choirs are on leave.
Today (Saturday) the Ascension Singers will sing Choral Evensong in Christ
Church Cathedral, Dublin, where they will sing the services tomorrow
(Sunday) . The Choir of St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin will sing the
services tomorrow (Sunday) in Rochester Cathedral while in St Patrick's
Cathedral, Dublin, Evensong will be sung by the Chapel Choir of Trinity
Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will televise a service with the members of the
Leprosy Mission. The Archbishop of Armagh will deliver the annual University
Sermon in St Andrews while the former Bishop of Cork, Dr Samuel Poyntz, will
return to Cork to preach in St Fin Barre's Cathedral. In Trinity College
Chapel the preacher at the Sung Eucharist will be Dr Sean Barrett.
The distinguished Australian preacher and author, the Revd Dr Peter Adam,
will be the preacher in Crinken Church, Co. Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday)
evening and he will address the ordinands in the Theological College on
Monday afternoon. Dr Adam, who is the author of the landmark work, Speaking
God's Word: A Practical Theology of Preaching, has recently been appointed
principal of Ridley College, Melbourne.
On Wednesday evening, in Mountrath, the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will
institute the Revd Cliff Jeffers to the incumbency of Clonenagh in
succession to the Ven. Hugh Gray who has retired. Mr Jeffers was ordained in
1998 for the curacy of Limerick.
An Act of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Sport will be held in the Chapel
of Trinity College, Dublin, on Thursday. The sporting fraternity of the
College will be in attendance including its epitome, Professor Trevor West,
Chairman of DUCAC.
On Friday an exhibition of church plate from the Fiddown union of
parishes will go on exhibition in the Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre which
is the former St Nicholas' parish church. The exhibition, which has been
coordinated by the Revd George Cliffe, is one of a number of venues in which
Church of Ireland altar plate may be seen. Others include the National
Museum, St Audeon's Heritage Centre, Dublin, and soon, the new treasury in
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
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