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RCB Library assists centenary celebrations of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise

RCB Library Notes

Added on 30/04/2014

RCB Library TG4 Irish GuildIn conjunction with the commemoration service held yesterday evening in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, to mark the centenary of the Irish Guild of the Church – Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise – a piece will be broadcast this evening, Wednesday 30th April, on ‘Nuacht’ on TG4 at 7pm which includes footage of the Guild’s earliest minute books and related materials kept safe at the RCB Library where they are accessioned as MS 131.

In 1914, in the context of rapidly–changing political and cultural life in Ireland, the Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland was founded for interested members of the Church of Ireland ‘to promote the objects of the Irish Revival amongst Irish Churchpeople’. The inaugural meeting of the Guild was held in St Ann’s parish room at the Diocesan School, Molesworth Street, Dublin, on 29th April 1914, an event recorded in the earliest minute book. On camera this evening, Dáithí Ó Maolchoille, who is currently Treasurer of the Guild, will talk about the content of the materials available to the public at the RCB Library to news reporter Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha.

Further background about the archival collection in the RCB Library and a related story about the work of Douglas Hyde (who was a member of the Guild) on a ‘modern Irish’ translation of St Patrick’s Breastplate is available online at these permanent links:

Aistriúchán “Nua–Ghaeilge” Dhubhghlais de hÍde ar Lúireach Phádraig
Douglas Hyde’s “modern Irish” translation of St Patrick’s Breastplate

Photo above: L–R: Dr Susan Hood of the RCB Library with Ian MacMurchaidh and Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha from TG4, and Dáithí Ó Maolchoille of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise

Church of Ireland

The Irish Guild of the Church
Ardteampall Chríost, Baile Átha Cliath 8
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

Caroline Nolan
(Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge)
+353 (0)85 1632772
+353 (0)26 45741
Aonghus Dwane
(Rúnaí Oinigh)
+353 (0)87 6232841


Bunaíodh Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise sa bhliain 1914 chun (1) meon na Sean–Eaglaise Ceiltí a choimeád beo in Eaglais na hÉireann agus baill na hEaglaise a chuireann spéis sa Ghaelachas a bhailiú le chéile, (2) úsáid na Gaeilge a leathnú san Eaglais, (3) iomainn agus ábhar diaga eile a bhailiú ó litríocht na Gaeilge agus (4) ceol agus ealaíon Éireannach a chur ar aghaidh in imeachtaí na hEaglaise.
Background Information
Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise: The Irish Guild of the Church was founded in 1914 to (1) promote all that tends to preserve within the Church of Ireland the spirit of the ancient Celtic Church and to provide a bond of union for all members of the Church of Ireland inspired with Irish ideals, (2) promote the use of the Irish language in the Church, (3) collect from Irish sources suitable hymns and other devotional literature, (4) encourage the use of Irish art and music in the Church.



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For further information please contact:
Dr Raymond Refaussé
Librarian and Archivist
RCB Library
Braemor Park
Dublin 14

Tel: 01 492 3979
Fax: 01 492 4770
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