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CHURCH OF IRELAND NOTES
For Saturday 6th October 2001

From: The RCB Library
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Celebrations in Armagh

Next week will see two major causes of celebration in Armagh when both Church House and the Library will be officially reopened after extensive renovations.

On Wednesday the Archbishop of Armagh will rededicate Church House which will then be declared open by Lady Eames. The building has been extensively renovated and modernised during the past year. Apart from re-decoration, a new kitchen and elevator for the disabled have been installed while the diocesan office has been extended. The Primate's rooms have been renovated and a waiting room for visitors has been added. The historic Synod Hall has also been renovated and the fine collection of episcopal portraits re-hung. This work has been financed by the diocese, contributions from the parishes and grants from the RCB.

On Friday the Library in Abbey Street, properly Armagh Public Library, where the Keeper is the Dean of Armagh, the Very Revd Herbert Cassidy, will be re-opened. Extensive work to restore the fabric of the building, largely financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been successfully completed. The Library was founded by Archbishop Robinson in 1771 and, like Archbishop Marsh's Library in Dublin, was established by act of parliament. It is fitting therefore, that the Keeper of Marsh's Library, Dr Muriel McCarthy, who is also a lay canon of Armagh, will perform the re-opening ceremony.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Archbishop of Dublin will dedicate the restored organ in St Bartholomew's parish church in the context of Solemn Evensong at which the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will preach.

On Tuesday the second part of the "Tuesdays in Autumn" lunchtime lecture series, which has been jointly organized by Dublin Corporation and Christ Church Cathedral, begins. In the first in a series of talks on "2000 Years of Christianity" Professor Sean Freyne (TCD) will speak on "The Birth of Christianity and the Christianising of the Empire".

In Taney Parish Centre the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synod will begin on Tuesday evening and continue on Wednesday. The synod will be preceded by the launch of Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough, the latest in the series of published biographical succession lists of clergy based on the work of the late Canon J.B. Leslie. The Dublin and Glendalough volume has been edited by Ronnie Wallace, former Head of History in the High School, and is published by the Ulster Historical Foundation. Conceived as a millennium diocesan project the realization of this 1209 page reference work is a testimony to the endeavour of the editor and to the determination of the united dioceses to memorialise the bishops and clergy who have faithfully served Dublin and Glendalough through the ages.

On Thursday the Cashel, Ossory, Waterford, Leighlin and Lismore Diocesan Synod will be held in Kilkenny. In Maynooth the Bishop of Meath and Kildare will speak on the Church of Ireland in the "Our Common Christian Heritage" series of seminars while in St George and St Thomas' Church, Dublin, the lunchtime speaker in the "I Believe" series will be John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison. An Inter-Faith Service of Prayer for World Peace will be held in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, with representatives from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. In the evening in St Michan's Church, Dublin, there will be a concert by the Wuppertal Police Choir from Germany in aid of the All Saints, Grangegorman Restoration Fund.

On Friday the Bishop of Meath and Kildare will institute the Revd Lynda Peilow, formerly curate of St Ann's, Dublin, to the incumbency of Clonsast union of parishes, Edenderry.

Church of Ireland Notes appear in the Irish Times whose web site may be found at
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