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Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’

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Added on 26/07/2014

Edward Bisgood of Bushy Park Ironworks, cathedral administrator Gavan Woods, Dean Victor Stacey and education officer Andrew Smith at the new ‘Tree of Remembrance' in St Patrick's Cathedral.

Saturday 26 July 2014

New Exhibition In St Patrick’s Cathedral
Next Monday evening in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, an exhibition entitled’ Lives Remembered’ will be officially opened by author Jennifer Johnston. It will remain in place for four years.

The new exhibition examines the cathedral’s role in remembrance in the past and presents a new vision for the future. At the centre of the new exhibition there is a new monument called the ‘Tree of Remembrance’ which is a tribute all those who have been affected by conflict. This sculpted steel tree is surrounded by barbed wire and will serve as a reminder of the ugliness and brutality of conflict. Visitors to the cathedral will be invited to tie small tags with thoughts, memories or prayers for loved ones affected by conflict. Over the course of time the barbed wire will be replaced by a wall of messages of hope.

The exhibition, which is located in the cathedral’s north transept, comprises three main elements. An audio–visual facility using tablets shows videos of interviews on a number of themes including the effects of World War I on the cathedral’s community and remembrance. Another tablet contains Ireland’s memorial records detailing the names of almost 50,000 Irish people. Fourteen panels look at the issues of conflict and remembrance. On one side of the north transept the emphasis is on outreach and response to World War I and conflict within the cathedral’s walls over the centuries. Other panels focus on the Church and war and the history of remembrance in St Patrick’s. The third element is the Tree of Remembrance, which was designed by Andrew Smith, Education Officer and curator of the exhibition, and executed by Bushy Park Ironworks. This new monument differs from the other monuments in the cathedral in that it is inclusive. There are plaques around the base of the monument in different languages inviting people to leave a message of remembrance for a loved one who has been affected by conflict.

All the information contained on the exhibition panels can also be viewed online on the cathedral’s website at www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/Lives-Remembered.aspx.

Today (Saturday) the last of the July lunchtime recitals in Christ Church cathedral, Waterford, will be given by David Adams, Organist of Taney parish. This evening at 5pm in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin there will be a service of Urnai na Nona followed by the launch, by Catherine McGuinness, of a new biography of the former Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Donald Caird. Donald Caird: Church of Ireland Bishop: Gaelic Churchman: A Life has been written by Aonghus Dwane and published by Columba Press. The book launch is part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the centenary of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise which has also mounted an exhibition in the cathedral, devised and co–ordinated by the Cumann’s research officer, Caroline Nolan, Canon Roy Byrne and Lesley–Anne Carey from Christ Church cathedral.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Kill o’ the Grange church will be celebrated when the visiting preacher will be the Revd Peter Stavent from Australia.

On Wednesday at lunchtime Sarah–Ellen Murphy (alto) and Peter Barley (piano) will perform songs by Brahms, Wagner, Wolf, Liszt and Dvorak in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, while on Thursday evening the recitalist in the St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music will be the pianist, John O’Connor. In Dublin on Friday Tanya Sewell (mezzo–soprano) and Alison Young (Piano) will provide the lunchtime ‘Summer Music at Sanford while in Belfast the Tacoma Youth Chorus from California will give a concert in St George’s Church at 7.45pm.

 


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