Added on 03/08/2013
Saturday 3 August 2013
Each Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm the National Library of Ireland will present genealogy lectures in the Library’s Seminar Room. Each lecture will last for thirty minutes, admission is free and no booking is required.
This is a welcome initiative for despite the number of readily available lectures, courses, advice centres, societies, websites, leaflets and publications (not least of which is John Grenham’s excellent weekly column in The Irish Times), many of which are freely accessible, it is clear that many people are embarking on genealogical research with absolutely no idea of what to do. Not only does this infuriate already hard pressed librarians and archivists but also wastes a vast amount of the researchers’ time. The proliferation of television programmes which purport to find people’s ancestors has encouraged a belief that family history is easy but it is not. It requires dedication, disciplines and the acquisition of skills sets.
Those who wish to pursue Church of Ireland ancestors would do well to attend the lecture next Tuesday when Dr Susan Hood, from the Representative Church Body Library, will speak on ‘Gathering Church of Ireland Records’. The RCB Library, in Braemor Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14, holds records from over 1060 parishes, chapels of ease and chaplaincies, as well as materials from twenty cathedrals, twenty dioceses, and Outline details of the collections, general introductory information and contact details are available on the Library’s website – www.library.ireland.anglican.org
A Living Art Exhibition has opened at Belfast Cathedral. The exhibition will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of August and will highlight some of the artistic skills which have gone into creating the cathedral. Artists have been invited to leave their studios and workshops and come into the public space of the cathedral not only to display their work but also to ‘display themselves’ as they work in residence for a day in front of the cathedrals glass west doors. The mosaicist, Dawn Aston, will be the first resident artist in a series which will have people working in silver, stone, and those who work in textiles, glass, wood and metal.
The Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe will be in Lebanon this week visiting members of the Irish Defence Forces who left Sarsfield Barracks Limerick earlier this year to commence a tour of duty as part of the UN Peacekeeping Force the 108th IRISHFINN Battalion. During his pastoral visit, Bishop Williams will lay a wreath at the monument in Tibnine, erected to commemorate Irish Peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving as peacekeepers in the Lebanon. He will be accompanied by Mgr Eoin Tynne HCF, head chaplain to the Irish will host the visit.
On Friday evening in Beleek parish church the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Ngozi Njoku as Rector of the Garrison, Slavin, Beleek and Kiltyclogher group of parishes. Mr Njoku has been curate of Godlington in the Diocese of St Albans since his ordination in 2009. The preacher will be the Vicar of Godlington, the Revd Richard Howett.
The lunchtime organ recital in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday will be given by Peter Barley while in St Peter’s church, Portlaoise, there will be a lunchtime organ recital by Andrew Burrows from Kilkenny. On Thursday evening Nadine Fiorentini will give a piano recital as part of the St Barrahane’s Festival of Music in Castletownshend and on Friday the Respicio Baroque Ensemble will pay at lunchtime in Sandford parish church.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’