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Armagh Library Lecture

Above the public entrance of Armagh Robinson Library there is a Greek inscription, which has been translated as the ‘healing place of the soul’. On Wednesday at 7.30pm the Library will host a talk exploring the source of this motto which Archbishop Richard Robinson chose for the Library he erected in Armagh in 1771. The title of the talk will be ‘I Met a Traveller from an Antique Land: There and Back Again.’ The speaker will be the Rt Revd Alan Harper, who was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, as well as Chairman of the Library’s Governors and Guardians, from 2007 to 2012.

Before entering the ministry, Bishop Harper was a successful archaeologist and administrator. He was a member of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland from 1980 to 1989, and Chairman from 1989 to 1995. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE for Services to Conservation in Northern Ireland. 

Speaking ahead of the talk, Bishop Harper, said, “All in all, Primate Robinson’s tantalising inscription led me on a journey with many a false step, visiting three continents, spanning three millennia and all in pursuit of four little Greek words. But what do those four words really mean? Join me and I’ll explain.”

There is no charge for the talk, although donations towards the Library’s current Endowment Appeal are welcome. To reserve a place please email admin@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk or call 028 3752 3142.

Dr Robert Whan, Director of Armagh Robinson Library, visited the Coach House Gallery at Dublin Castle last week to view an exhibition featuring volumes of prints loaned by the Library.

Titled ‘For the Love of the Master: 25 Artists Fascinated by Piranesi’, the exhibition will run until 18 September. Speaking about the exhibition, Dr Whan said, “The loaned volumes are part of Armagh Robinson Library’s founding collection, bequeathed by Archbishop Richard Robinson who established the Library in 1771, They form part of the Archbishop’s exquisite collection of over 4,000 sixteenth to eighteenth century prints, still retained in the Library.”

Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the final Sunday in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, for the Dean’s Vicar, the Revd Abigail Sines, who will be introduced as Associate Minister of Carrigohane parish in the Diocese of Cork on 17 September. Ms Sines, who was ordained in 2014 has been Dean’s Vicar since 2016.

On Wednesday  at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Trim, Bishop Pat Storey will ordain three deacons to the order of priest. The Revd Marion Keating will continue to serve in the Kells union of parishes, the Revd Philip McKinley will serve in Dunboyne and Rathmolyon parish group, whilst being seconded part–time to Kildare Cathedral Centre of Mission, and the Revd Pat Ryan will continue to serve in Navan union of parishes.

On Thursday evening at 7.30pm the Bishop of Clogher, Dr Ian Ellis, will be enthroned during Evening Prayer in St Macartan’s cathedral, Clogher.

In St Ann’s church, Dawson Street, Dublin, on Thursday there will be a lunchtime recital when Musici Ireland will premiere Ailbhe McDonagh’s String Quartet and perform Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet. The recital starts at 1:20pm and there will be a 10 euro entrance charge.

Holy Trinity church, Killiney, will be open to visitors every Thursday in September from 2 to 4 p.m.

From Thursday until next Monday the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, will lead three candidate priests together with their three training incumbents on a pre–ordination retreat to the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

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