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Monaghan parish register reveals rector’s response to Disestablishment

Under the terms of the Irish Church Act, of 26th July 1869, which passed into law in 1871, the union between Church and State in Ireland that had existed since the Reformation was dissolved, and the Church of Ireland ceased to be established in law, leaving it ‘free to shape her future course, independent of state control’.

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Bishop Rowan Williams visits RCB Library

The RCB Library was honoured to welcome Bishop Rowan Williams during his visit to Dublin last week, when he was introduced to particular items in the collection.

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Digging for Emmet: Ghostly images From Dublin’s past brought back to life through digitization

In February 2019, the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin met at St Michan’s Church, Dublin, to issue an appeal for the return of the head of an 800–year old mummy which was stolen during a raid at the church’s crypt.

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Marking 150 years of a church at the forefront of social justice and reform: St Barnabas’s, Dublin

22nd January 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of a unique church in the history of the Church of Ireland, that of St Barnabas in the docklands area of Dublin.

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The last pre–disestablished cleric of the Church of Ireland: William Somerville–Large

A special Archive of the Month focusing on the personal story of the last member of the clergy to be ordained before Disestablishment – the Revd William Somerville–Large (1847–1939) – has been commissioned by the RCB Library as a final contribution to the 150th anniversary for 2019.

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A Little Map with a Big Story

In 2019, the RCB Library has received numerous invaluable items to augment the already substantial collection held for St John the Evangelist, Sandymount. Of particular interest was one document, with an attached map, outlining the designation of parochial district boundaries, dated 6th November 1867.

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Parochial history of Mullingar, 13th–19th Centuries, compiled by the Revd William Reynell, digitised

For October’s Archive of the Month, the focus turns to the parish of Mullingar in County Westmeath, where collaboration with the parish has enabled the Library to digitise a volume in the parish record collection entitled a ‘Scrapbook of William Reynell relating to the history of the Parish of Mullingar, 13th – 19th cent.’

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Cúinne Caird opened at Representative Church Body Library

The life and legacy of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925–2017) was remembered on Saturday (14 September) when the Cúinne Caird was opened in his memory at the Representative Church Body Library – the Church of Ireland’s central reference library and repository of archives.

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Opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’ in the RCB Library, Dublin / Oscailt ‘Cúinne Caird’ i Leabharlann RCB i mBÁC

Saturday, 14th September 2019 / 14 Meán Fómhair 2019

The opening of ‘Cúinne Caird’, a collection of Irish books and related materials of the late Bishop Donald Caird (1925–2017), will take place in the RCB Library tomorrow, Saturday, 14th September 2019, at 12noon.

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RCB Library acquisitions – a resource for local and family history

Each year, the RCB Library’s managing committee – the Library and Archives Committee – delivers an annual report of the Library’s recent activities and developments to the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of Ireland. The report includes a detailed appendix of all of the acquisitions that came into the Library’s custody and were processed throughout the previous year.

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