Added on 09/01/2016
Decade of Commemorations
The ongoing project to digitise the historical issues of the Church of Ireland Gazette has entered a new and exciting phase, with the successful uploading and indexing of this invaluable resource for the period 1911–1923. All the issues for this period have been scanned and made fully searchable. This means that a total of 155 weekly issues may now be freely viewed and searched online by researchers, bringing to light this crucial period from a Church of Ireland perspective, and also making it possible to find hitherto hidden events, people and places through its pages.
At the start of 2016, it is particularly appropriate that the Church of Ireland can now bring to light how it viewed events such as the 1916 Rising and Battle of the Somme, and make another contribution to the Decade of Commemorations.
During 1916, the Gazette was published from premises at 61 Middle Abbey Street from where its editor, Ware W. Wells, had a bird’s eye view of the events of Easter Week. These he commented on in a special issue of the paper which it is hoped to reprint later in the year.
The Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group and the RCB Library, where this project is managed by Dr Susan Hood, wish to acknowledge the valuable contribution and support of the Commemorations Programme of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
These digitized issues of the Gazette may be viewed at www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive
The Church of Ireland’s contribution to the Decade of Commemorations will continue with two events later this month. On Friday 22 January the initial event in the Cork, Cloyne & Ross programme will be held in the Aula Maxima in UCC where the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, will chair a public lecture, ‘1916: New Perspectives; Old Rows’, by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter from UCD. Other speakers will include Professor John A. Murphy and Professor John Borgonovo from UCC.
On the following day, Saturday 23 January, St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will host ‘Remembering the Past’, a symposium exploring the issues of history, memory and theology. Among the speakers will be Professor Nigel Biggar (Oxford University) Professor Mary Daly (Royal Irish Academy), Dr Brad Anderson (Mater Dei Institute) and Dr Wolfgang Marx (UCD). The programme will also include a performance of music from 1916. Tickets may be purchased at bitly.com/history_memory_23
Next month, on Wednesday 17 February, the Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group will host an evening entitled ‘A State of Chassis – Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances in Dublin in 1916’ which will be held in the Music Room of Christ Church cathedral, Dublin. Chaired by historian and broadcaster Dr John Bowman, the speakers will be Professor Keith Jeffery and Dr Fearghal McGarry from Queen’s University, Belfast, and Dr Jason McElligott, Keeper of Marsh’s Library.
Tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 7pm there will be an Epiphany Carol Service in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, with music by Mendelssohn, Peter Cornelius and John Rutter.
On Monday the Mothers’ Union in Cork, Cloyne & Ross will have a Quiet Day in St Matthew’s church hall, Aughadown, which will be led by Bishop Richard Henderson, while on Friday evening in Colebrooke parish church Mrs Irene Boyd will be commissioned as MU President for the Diocese of Clogher.
In Co. Wicklow on Friday, evening the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Neal O’Raw to the incumbency of Donoughmore and Donard with Dunlavin. Mr O’Raw, who was ordained in 2002, has been Rector of Killala in Co. Mayo since 2005.
Church of Ireland Notes from ‘The Irish Times’