Added on 13/07/2013
1913 Directory Digitized
There can be few people who are not aware that we have entered a decade of commemorations for scarcely a week goes by without a report of an event which has been held or a preview of one that is to come. The Church of Ireland community has responded positively to this new historical scenario and under the auspices of both the General Synod’s Historical Centenaries Working Group and the Church of Ireland Historical Society work in under way to ensure that the role of the Church of Ireland in the major events which will be commemorated are not forgotten. For example, last year the Ulster Covenant was marked by a seminar in Moira and later this year, in Dublin, there will be a conference in Liberty Hall on the Lock Out.
These are valuable initiatives for they provide a voice for the small minority which is the Church of Ireland – a community which has something significant to say but whose voice could be so easily overwhelmed by the national scale of commemoration. Yet within the Church of Ireland, as within the nation, there are dangers in viewing history only through the prism of big events. After all, 1913 was not just about the Lock Out. Many people got on with their own lives, if not unaware, at least largely unaffected by the great events of the time.
A sense of this is conveyed by the July ‘Archive of the Month’ from the RCB Library which is an online edition of the 1913 Irish Church Directory. This provides an overview of the state of the Church of Ireland in that year – listings of parishes, dioceses and cathedrals, details of clergy and an extensive range of advertisements all of which suggest ‘business as usual’. These include Thomas Cook and Son, who were promoting tourist and circular tickets to places from Paris to the Nile and Palestine, while Beverly Smyth and Sons, furniture removal contractors and general carriers, aimed specifically ‘at parties removing to or from any part of the United Kingdom’. Closer to home several hotels took out full page adverts in the Directory, including the Shelbourne and Gresham in Dublin, and Parknasilla in county Kerry and Rosapenna Golf Links in county Donegal.
The RCB Library’s digitization of this volume makes its content available to all at this link: www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive
Tomorrow the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will preach at the 225th Anniversary Service in Lettermacward parish church. Lettermacward is part of the Ardara union of parishes in Co. Donegal wher the rector is the Revd John Deane.
On Wednesday David Leigh, Assistant Organist in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will give the lunchtime recital in St Peter’s church, Portlaoise, while on Thursday Evensong in St Patrick’s cathedral will be sung by the William Swaine Singers.
The 33rd Festival of Music in St Barrahane’s church, Castletownshend, will be opened on Thursday evening by the Dean of Ross, the Very Revd Chris Peters, and the first concert, at 8pm, will be given by the Cork School of Music Baroque Ensemble. Details of the festival may be had at www.barrahanemusic.ie
The summer series of cultural events continues in St Paul’s church, Glenageary, on Thursday at lunchtime with a talk by author and commentator, Bruce Arnold while in the evening in Calary parish church, Co. Wicklow, there will be a recital by Cormac hAodain (horn). On Friday the lunchtime ‘Summer Music at Sandford’ will be provided by Eoin Hynes (tenor) and David O’Shea (piano).
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’