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Church of Ireland notes from ‘The Irish Times’ - Posted on 18/04/2015

Saturday 18 April 2015

Church of Ireland Historical Society Meets in Armagh
The next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held in the Armagh Public Library (Robinson Library) on Saturday 25 April 2015 beginning with coffee and registration at 10.30am

In the morning session Dr Immo Warntjes, from the medieval history department in Queen’s University, Belfast, will discuss ‘The Irish Easter controversy of the seventh century’ and this will be followed by a research paper, entitled ‘The Most Impudent Falsehood in Irish History’ by Jamie Blake–Knox who has recently completed a Ph D in Trinity College, Dublin. After lunch Professor Padraig O Riain, who has retired from the Chair of Early and Medieval History in UCC, will talk on William Reeves and the Irish Literature movement. The day will conclude with a lecture by Dr Ida Milne, who holds a Marie Curie Fellowship, on ‘The Quiet Comeback: Rural Irish Protestants and the GAA’.

You can register online at The subscription for annual membership is £35 or €40. Students can avail of a discount rate for just €15 but must present a valid university card at the registration desk. Membership includes admission to the bi–annual conferences, lunch, book discounts, and exclusive access to the Society’s podcasts. Non–members are very welcome. They are asked to subscribe £7 or €10 to assist with conference expenses (lunch not included).

The W. B. Neely Prize offers postgraduates the chance to submit work on their research that relates to any aspect of the history of the Church of Ireland. Candidates are to write an essay of 5,000 words (including footnotes) and the winner will receive €150. The deadline is Friday 5 June 2015. For terms and conditions, see

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Bishop of Cork will licence the Revd Sarah Marry as Priest–in–Charge of the parish of St Anne, Shandon, and Chaplain to St Luke’s Home, Cork, while in St Michael’s church, Athy, the Very Revd Dr Philip Knowles, will give the address at the Midlands District Service of the Boys Brigade which begins at 3.30pm. The George Hewson Memorial Recitals continue in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, at 6pm, when the recitalist will be Richard Sharpe, Director of Music in York Minster.

On Monday morning in St Lasarian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, the Revd Richard Giles, one of Anglicanism’s leading liturgists, will speak on ‘Smiling When the Shoe Pinches: Celebrating Transformational Worship in Unhelpful Buildings’. This seminar considers the familiar subject of worship in restrictive buildings. It will be of interest to lay people, clergy and anyone interested in the subject of worship and working with the heritage of the church’s buildings. The seminar begins with coffee at 10.30am. Lunch will be provided.

The AGM of the Dublin University Far Eastern Mission will be held in 27 Trinity College, Dublin, on Thursday at 7pm. Anyone with an interest in the work of DUFEM or Chinese Christianity is welcome to attend.

On Friday evening at 7.30pm the second annual lecture to mark the bicentenary of St George’s church, Belfast, will be given by Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 and currently Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge, who will speak on ‘Fundamentalism, Christian and non–Christian. At the same time in in Gorey Library Minister Brendan Howlin TD will launch a new book by the Rector of Gorey, Canon Mark Hayden. ‘Forgetting to Remember’ looks at the issues of remembrance in the island of Ireland and the Irish fallen in the Great War.


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