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For Saturday 30th June 2001

From: The RCB Library
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Marsh's Library Celebrations

Avid followers of the liturgical round in Dublin will not have failed to notice that this is the year of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, or more precisely of his library. Services in both Dublin cathedrals and in the Chapel of Trinity College have remembered with gratitude Marsh's provision of the first public library in Ireland which, tucked away in St Patrick's Close, is one of the period gems of Dublin.

Although not incorporated by act of parliament until 1707, Marsh had begun to build the Library in 1701 and so this year is the tercentenary of its foundation. As well as giving thanks to God for Marsh and his Library the tercentenary is being marked by a number of other events. A fellowship has been created which will bring eminent scholars to work on the Library's collections and this initiative is already underway with the appointment of Dr Toby Barnard, from Hertford College, Oxford, as the first fellow.

The highlight of the celebrations will be a Tercentenary Conference in October of which details are now available. The conference will run from the fourth to the sixth of October and the speakers will reflect on the building, its collections and the personalities with which it is associated. Among the Irish contributors will be Dr Edward McParland who will speak about the architecture of the Library, Dr Raymond Gillespie who will reflect on "Marsh and his God" and Dr David Hayton whose topic is "Marsh's Library and the Clerical Public". Visiting speakers will include Professor J.G.A. Pocock from John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Professor Michael Hunter from the University of London and Professor William Horbury of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Full details of the conference may be had from Mrs Ann Simmons, Marsh's Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-4543511.

Today (Saturday) the Chapel Choir of Trinity College, Dublin, continues its Nordic tour with a recital in Stockholm. Tomorrow (Sunday) the choir will sing in the University Church in Uppsala and in the evening will return to Stockholm to sing in the Cathedral of St Jakob.

In Dublin there will be no shortage of music in Church of Ireland venues. This evening the Ulysses Choir will give a recital in St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, and on Monday the Bartlett High School Choir form Chicago will give a lunchtime recital in St Patrick's Cathedral. The final Wednesday evening organ recital in the present series in St Patrick's Cathedral will be given by the cathedral's assistant organist, David Leigh, and on Friday Evensong in St Patrick's will be sung by the choir of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

On Wednesday the Church's Ministry of Healing will hold its Annual Thanksgiving Service and Gift Day in St Michan's parish church, Dublin, where the preacher will be the Rector of Tallaght, the Revd William Deverell.

On Friday evening the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Walton Empey, will institute the Revd Ian Gallagher to the incumbency of Stillorgan and Blackrock. Mr Gallagher was ordained in 1990 and since 1993 has been Rector of Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo, where he has been conspicuously successful in attracting heritage funding. A former diocesan and glebes secretary in Elphin and Ardagh, he brings a wealth of administrative experience to his new post.

The Very Revd Dr Maurice Stewart, formerly Vice-Principal of the Church of Ireland Theological College and Dean of St Patrick's, has been appointed Visiting Professor at Nashotah House in Wisconsin. He will be taking part in the College's summer programme and will be giving a series of lectures and seminars on Anglican eucharistic theology.

"Art and Community", the annual exhibition of art by members of Cork's artistic community, continues in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Monday to Saturday, and until 20 July. Further details are available on 021-4963387.

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