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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 11/01/2014

Saturday 11 January 2014

Forthcoming Historic Ironwork Seminar
The recent publication of The Church of Ireland. An Illustrated History has done much to draw attention to the Church’s built heritage and, in particular, to the extraordinary stock of church buildings from the middle ages to the 20th century. These places of worship, by turns beautiful, striking, atmospheric, inspirational are integral to what the Church of Ireland is and how it is viewed, and their care and custody are both a privilege and a challenge.

In the Church of England the Council for the Care of Churches throughout the 1960s, in particular, was an admirable source of information not alone on architecture but also on church fittings and on graveyards. It is now part the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division which continues to provide expert advice. The Church of England, of course, is part of the establishment, while the Church of Ireland, as a small minority church, must marshal its own resources as best it can and cooperate productively with government and voluntary agencies. Good examples of this are New Life for Churches in Ireland. Good Practice in Conservation and Reuse, edited by the Church of Ireland Press Officer, Dr Paul Harron, and published by the Ulster Historic Churches Trust, and Dr David Lawrence’s The Care of Stained Glass which was published by the Heritage Council.

Next month there will be a one day seminar, ‘Historic Ironwork in Graveyards. Finding Solutions Together’. This is an initiative of Abington Enterprise Centre, Ballyhoura Development and ACP Architectural Conservation Professionals and will be held on 27 February at Crokers, Murroe, Co. Limerick. It is aimed at community groups, graveyard committees, conservation and heritage officers, architects, engineers, building surveyors and those who have graves in historic churchyards. Further information and booking details may be had from the Abington Enterprise Centre, Murroe, Co. Limerick or on this link.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the boy choristers of St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, directed by Stuart Nicholson, will broadcast Morning Service from the studios of RTÉ. The service will be led by Canon Charles Mullen, Dean’s Vicar in the cathedral.

Trinity College Chapel Choir will visit St Laserian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, for Epiphany Sung Eucharist tomorrow (Sunday) at 11am. The preacher will be the Dean of Residence, the Revd Darren McCallig, and the celebrant the Dean of Leighlin, the Very Revd Tom Gordon. The congregation is invited to drinks and lunch in the cathedral after the service. The Sunday eucharist is preceded by the choir’s singing at the Saturday 7.30pm vigil mass in Leighlinbridge Roman Catholic Church. Tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 7pm Fr Peter McVerry SJ will speak at a Gospel Eucharist Service at Nun’s Cross church, Ashford, about his life and work with the homeless.

Tomorrow afternoon at 4.15pm the first of the 2014 Dean Herbert Memorial Recital Series will be given at St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, will be a piano recital in the Music Hall, 9 Vicars’ Hill. The recitalist will be Orly Watson a final year as a music student in Somerville College, Oxford, who is also studying under Professor Michael Dussek in the Royal Academy of Music in London. The programme will include works by Schumann and Tchaikovsky.

Continuing the growing tradition of the use of the Irish language in St George’s church, Belfast, a new round of beginners’ classes begins next Wednesday at 6pm. The classes are sponsored by the Ultach Trust ( and there is no charge. Services in Irish are held in St George’s on the third Sunday of each month at 3pm


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