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Armagh Library Lectures

Armagh Robinson Library, in collaboration with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, has organised a six–week online lecture series which will examine Irish history from the Plantation of Ulster to Partition. It will be delivered via Zoom on successive Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Last week, Dr Brendan Scott (Historian–in–Residence, Cavan County Council), spoke on ‘The establishment of Ulster’s Plantation’ and next Wednesday’s lecture will be by Dr Robert Armstrong (Trinity College, Dublin), on ‘From the 1641 Rising to the Restoration’.

On subsequent Wednesdays, Professor David Hayton (Queen’s University, Belfast) will speak on ‘The Williamite–Jacobite War’, Dr Andrew Holmes (Queen’s University, Belfast) on ‘Revolutionary Ulster, 1776–1801’, Professor Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast) on ‘The Great Famine and 19th–century politics pre–1870’ and finally on 17 November: Dr Eamon Phoenix, on ‘Home Rule and the Road to Partition’.

Free places can be booked here. Anyone with difficulties booking through this online system can also email admin@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or call 028 3752 3142 (Monday – Friday, 9am–5pm) to reserve a place.

The lecture series is funded through the Council’s Good Relations programme, part–financed by The Executive Office. Support has also been provided by the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

Speaking ahead of the series, Dr Robert Whan, Director of the Library, stated: “As the oldest public library in Northern Ireland, Armagh Robinson Library is fortunate to hold many treasures relating to Irish history, including, for instance, manuscripts and maps from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. This series is an opportunity to find out more about these and the events that they relate to.”

This series is one of the events which has been organized to mark the Library’s 250th anniversary.

The Mission to Seafarers Ireland has requested prayers for seafarers of all nationalities and their families tomorrow (Sunday) in all churches. The Revd Willie Black and the Revd Colin Hall–Thompson are the chaplains in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at the 3.15pm Evensong in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the annual Swift Commemoration will be held. The preacher will be Canon David Crooks.

The next Certificate in Christian Theology and Practice  (CCTP) course will commence in January 2022 and the deadline for application for this course is 20th October 2021. For more information and to apply,  please visit the ‘Exploring Ministry’ section on the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI) website – www.theologicalinstitute.ie

The Liturgical Advisory Committee (LAC) of the Church of Ireland has published a series of pastoral liturgical resources intended for use in circumstances of sudden and unexpected death.  These resources, which include Pastoral Guidelines, Prayers of Intercession, Propers for use in a Service of Holy Communion, and a complete Service of the Word for use in the Case of a Sudden or Unexpected Death, are the result of several years’ work by LAC members in consultation with experts beyond the Committee.

Speaking about the resources as they were launched through the Worship section of the Church of Ireland website, the Archbishop of Armagh said: “I suspect that all of us who are called to minister to people in the circumstances provided for in this material from the Liturgical Advisory Committee will have felt our inadequacy in the face of such tragedy and deep grief. The flexible resources produced here by the LAC will, at the very least, give us a framework and an anchor of simple yet profound words, to help us minister in all the bewilderment that surrounds these events.”

The resources are available here.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times


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