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Added on 24/08/2013

Saturday 24 August 2013

Maynooth History Conference
The Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism in NUI Maynooth has announced details of a conference entitled ‘Irish Religious History: Catholic, Protestant, and Beyond?’. The conference will be held on 6 and 7 September in the Renehan Hall on the South Campus of Maynooth.

There is a packed programme of lectures with much of particular Church of Ireland interest. Dr Miriam Moffitt will consider the work of Professor G.V. Jourdan, a canon of St Patrick’s cathedral and Professor of Eccelsiastical History in TCD,1933–55, as part of a presentation on the Tudor Reformation and Dr Caroline Gallagher will talk about the First Fruits churches which are a recoginzable feature of the Irish landscape: both are members of the Centre. Malcolm Macourt, whose book, Counting the People of God was published by Church of Ireland Publishing in 2008, will talk about the censuses of population, 1861–2011, and Dr Ian D’Alton, will consider the Church of Ireland’s Patrician celebrations in 1932. Professor Raymond Gillespie, from NUI Maynooth, who has written widely on the Church of Ireland in recent years, will speak on ‘Dissent and the Making of the Church of Ireland, 1630–70’.

There will be two keynote lectures. The first will be given by Professor Alan Ford from the University of Nottingham who will speak on ‘Love God and hate the Pope: anti–Catholicism and the Church of Ireland, 1600–2000’, and, in the second, Professor Eugenio Biagini from Cambridge will considers St Patrick through the prism of Canon Ernest Bateman, Rector of Booterstown, 1933–65, whose large collection of sermons are in the RCB Library.

Booking for the conference should be addressed to religconf@nuim.ie

This evening (Saturday) at 7.30pm in St Columb’s cathedral, Derry, as part of the celebrations of Derry as UK City of Culture 2013, in an event organised by the Verbal Arts Centre, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Dr Richard Holloway, will speak about his recent biography, Leaving Alexandria. The Cathedral is also hosting an art exhibition by Belfast born Colin Corkey in which the works on display – some with reference to the Troubles in Northern Ireland – make visual reference to a world in which suffering and despair are so often seen in conjunction with dignity, integrity and spiritual strength .The artist uses diverse sources of inspiration with faith as the initial spark which drives the creativity to conclusion.

Today (Saturday) the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society conference which commemorates the 800th anniversary of the building of Carlow castle continues. Among the speakers will be the former Dean of St Patrick’s, the Very Revd Dr Robert MacCarthy.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the services in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the Past Choristers while in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, the Charles Wood Boys’ Choir will sing at the Eucharist and Festal Evensong will be sung by the Charles Wood Singers and Boys’ Choir.

On Friday evening, in St Comgall’s church, Newtownbutler, the Bishop of Clogher will preside at a Service of Introduction for the Revd Anita Kerr as Diocesan Curate serving in the grouped parishes of Galloon, Sallaghy and Drummully.

At lunchtime on Wednesday the Revd Stanley Monkhouse will give an organ recital in St Peter’s church, Portlaoise while on Friday in Sandford parish church, Dublin, the final recital in the Summer Music at Sandford series will be given by organist, David O’Shea. In the evening at 8pm in Calary parish church, Co. Wicklow, the final concert in the 2013 Music in Calary series will be given by the Schumann Quartet – tickets from derekneilson@eircom.net

 


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