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Updated Centenaries Bibliography

An updated edition of Divided States: Irish Independence and its Aftermath 1918–1923, a reading list produced by the Church of Ireland’s Historical Centenaries Working Group, has been published online.  It sets out to guide all those who wish to study further an era in Irish history where, in both parts of the island, there are very different narratives and interpretations.

Divided States firstly covers the wider context of Irish history. It goes on to explore a number of more specialised topics: nationalism and unionism, events in Ireland in the crucial decade of 1913–1923, local studies, the Anglo–Irish Treaty, the Civil War, Partition and the development of Northern Ireland, the Southern Protestant community, and the role of women in the revolutionary era, alongside a number of personal perspectives.

It opens with a foreword by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd John McDowell, and an introductory essay by his predecessor as Primate, Dr Richard Clarke.  The working group, which is chaired by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, is grateful to Mr George Woodman for his work in compiling and updating a representative selection of the historical literature of this period.

Divided States was first published in April 2019, and both the first edition and this new edition are available to read and download at www.ireland.anglican.org/divided–states

This year is the 90th anniversary of the start of the Church’s Ministry of Healing in Ireland. CMH:I’s Annual Thanksgiving Service & Gift Day will be held for the first time in three years today (Saturday) at 3pm in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf. The preacher will be the Archbishop of Dublin and Canon Lesley Robinson, Rector of Clontarf and the Chair of CMH:I, will be the celebrant. During the service there will be an opportunity for prayer ministry and anointing with oil.

A new association, the Liturgy Association of Ireland (Cumann Liotúirge na hÉireann), chaired by Dr Bridget Nichols of CITI, has been formed. The LAI aims to offer support to all those interested in liturgy, both professionally and as practitioners and worshippers, It will present a conference today (Saturday), on the theme of Liturgy and Ecology in the Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, where the speakers will be Dr Margaret Daly Denton, Mgr Dermot Lane, Dr Cathriona Russell, and the Revd Trevor Sargent. Registration will begin at 1.45pm and the conference will start at 2.15 pm. This event is free to members of the organisation and anyone wishing to join should email infoLiturgyAI@gmail.com to request a membership application form. The annual subscription is €30, with concessionary rates for students and some others.  Non–members are very welcome to attend the conference at a fee of €20, payable on the day. 

The lecture series relating to Archbishop Robinson’s collection of over 4,000 16th–18th century prints, continues at lunchtime on Tuesday via Zoom at 1–2pm. This week’s lecture will be on ‘Archbishop Richard Robinson and his Prints Collection at Armagh Robinson Library’. Free places may be booked online – at http://armagh-robinson-library.arttickets.org.uk - or by email to admin@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or by telephoning 028/048 3752 3142.

The first live concert of the 2022 Music in Calary series will be at 8pm on Thursday in Calary church, Co. Wicklow, when Yue Tang (cello) and Sylvie Scerbaviciute (flute) will play a programme which includes music by J.S. Bach,  Beethoven, Villa–Lobos: and Piazzola. Tickets may be had by contacting Derek Neilson at derekneilson@eircom.net or derekneilson11@gmail.com or ringing John on (01) 282 8146.

Church of Ireland Notes

Published in the Saturday edition of The Irish Times

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