Added on 07/07/2012
Saturday 7 July 2012
of the Month
The Representative Church Body Library’s Archive of the Month for July is an illuminated address which was presented to the Revd James Hornidge Walsh by the parishioners of St Stephen’s, Dublin, in 1908. Walsh, who had been Rector of St Stephen’s since 1883, was appointed as Dean of Christ Church in 1908 and the address was a valedictory present from the parish.
In book form, the address includes the Walsh coat of arms and attractive watercolours of the interior and exterior of St Stephen’s church on Mount Street, popularly known as the Pepper Cannister Church. It is the work of James McConnell, the renowned Dublin heraldic artist, who worked from 48 Sackville Street.
Although the best known producer of illuminated addresses, McConnell was not the only artist in this field and the RCB Library has examples of the work of other artists as well as other examples of McConnell’s work. For instance a sumptuously–bound address presented to Maurice Day on his election as Bishop of Cashel in 1872 is the work of Thomas Eustace of Cork Street, Dublin, while a large framed address to the Revd L.P. Storey, Rector of Christ Church, Belfast, was illuminated by W& G Baird who had branches in Belfast and Dublin.
As these addresses were personal gifts to clergy they often come to the Library with collections of family papers although sometimes they appear for sale. The most recent accession is a bound address to the Revd Henry Brownrigg from the parishioners of Wicklow in 1874 which is the work of James Hopkins the lithographic and illuminating artist of Great Brunswick Street, Dublin. It was purchased at a road side sale in Ontario by a lady from South Carolina who presented it to St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, where Brownrigg was Prebendary of Wicklow.
The address to Walsh has been digitized and may be viewed on the Church of Ireland website at www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive
Today (Saturday) the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, will lead the Friends of Christ Church cathedral on a visit to the Mosque in Clonskeagh. An Open Garden and Musical Evening will be held at the home of Iris Checkett, Glyn Richards, Courtown (first house south of the turn to Poulshone), in aid of Ardamine Union, from 6pm.
Tomorrow (Sunday) RTE will televise a Service of the Word at 12.20 pm. Led by the Dean of Cashel, Dr Philip Knowles, it will mark the centenary of the famous song, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’. In St Mary’s church, Tipperary at 12.30pm there will be an ecumenical service as part of the Tipperary International Peace Weekend at which the annual peace award was made to Professor Mary McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese. In Dublin, the Archbishop of Dublin will participate in the National Day of Commemoration at Collins Barracks. In St Ann’s Dawson Street there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Abraham (Bram) Stoker (author of Dracula) at 11.15am. Stoker was married in this church in 1878, and the service at which his great–grandson will provide the address, is one of several events being held in Dublin this weekend to mark the centenary of his death.
Next week the services in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the East Wickham Singers and on Friday evening at 8pm in St Patrick’s Dr Rachel Moss will give a public lecture on ‘Images of St Patrick in Art’.
Next Saturday, 14 July, in north Co. Dublin the parish of Donabate and Lusk will hold a parish fete.
The Chapter of St Anne’s cathedral, Belfast, has appointed two ecumenical canons following the retirement of the Revd Wilfred Orr and the Revd Ivan McElhinney. The new canons are the Revd Ruth Patterson of Restoration Ministries and the Revd Dr Brian Fletcher, Minister of Cullybackey Methodist Church and a former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland. The installations will take place at Evensong on Sunday 21 October.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’