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For Saturday 21st April 2001

From: The RCB Library
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Launch of Christ Church Deeds Volume

On Tuesday in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, there will be a reception to mark the conclusion of the Christ Church history project and the inauguration of its successor, Christ Church Publications. The guest speaker will be the President of UCD, Dr Art Cosgrove.

Six years ago a small group of contributors came together to begin the process which would lead to the publication of a history of Christ Church Cathedral in the year 2000 and, as part of that process, to produce editions of a number of the key sources. Christ Church Cathedral, A History, edited by Dr Kenneth Milne, was duly published last year by Four Courts Press, and, on Tuesday, the publication of the eighth and final volume in the documents series, under the general editorship of Dr Raymond Gillespie, will mark the conclusion of this project.

The final volume in the documents series is a new edition of the Christ Church Deeds, edited by Dr Raymond Refaussť. Although the deeds were destroyed in 1922 they survived, in an informational sense, in a published calendar which contained a little over 1450 deeds, dating from the 12th century to the beginning of the 17th century. The editor of the calendar, M.J. McEnery, later to be Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, also calendared a further tranche of deeds covering the period up to the end of the 17th century but these were never published. The new edition reproduces McEnery's calendar and adds to it the previously unpublished material. The volume is a prime source for the history, not only of Christ Church but of the city of Dublin and its environs for the medieval and early modern period, while the superabundance of personal names suggests that this should be a genealogical feast.

Tuesday will also see the launch of the first venture by Christ Church Publications. Augustinians at Christ Church, edited by Stuart Kinsella, is a booklet containing the texts of four talks which were given in the cathedral's lunchtime lecture series. The contributors are the Very Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Dr Sarah Preston, Dr Tadgh O'Keeffe and Dr Raymond Gillespie. An introduction has been written by the Revd Dr Adrian Empey and a preface by the Precentor of Christ Church, Canon John Bartlett.

Today (Saturday) the Church of Ireland Historical Society will meet in Armagh. The principal papers will be given by the Revd Robin Roddie on "Methodism and the Church of Ireland" and Professor Ian Green on "Instruction and Piety in the Early Modern Church of Ireland". Dr Susan Hood will make a presentation on her current project in the RCB Library - the cataloguing of the Meath Diocesan Archives. In the evening, in Christ Church, Londonderry, there will be an Organ and Choral Recital in aid of the organ building fund.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning the preacher at the Sung Eucharist in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin, will be Dr Francis Ford Poude, Professor of Communications Theology in Notre Dame. In St George's Church, Belfast, after the 11.00 am Eucharist there will be a presentation to Canon Dick McDonald to mark the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate.

On Tuesday the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory, the Rt Revd John Neill, will institute the Revd Peter Cole-Baker to the incumbency of Templemore. Mr Cole-Baker was ordained in 1998 for the curacy of Ballywillan, Portrush. The Bishop of Tuam, Dr Richard Henderson, will speak at the Derry and Raphoe Clergy Conference will begins in Dunfanaghy on Tuesday and continues until Thursday.

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