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Swift Symposium

The 20th Dublin International Symposium on Jonathan Swift will be held this afternoon (Saturday) at 2pm in the Deanery of St. Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin.

Professor Andrew Carpenter, Professor Emeritus of English, University College, Dublin, will speak on ”Subscription Publishing in Swift’s Dublin” followed by Professor Christine Gerrard, Professor of English Literature, Oxford University, on “Swift and Walpole, Revisited”. Joseph Hone, Academic Track Fellow in English Literature, University of Newcastle, will address the topic of “Swift and the Goths”, and Sabine Baltes–Ellermann, an Independent Scholar: will speak on ‘Go to Ombre, Sirrahs’ : Swift and Parlour Games.

The respondent will be Daniel Cook, Reader in English, University of Dundee.

To confirm a place, please text your name to 087 9125 138.

On Tuesday, which is St Luke’s Day the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will preside at a Diocesan Service in St Fin Barre’s cathedral to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of St Luke’s Home, Cork, and on Wednesday St Luke’s Home Annual Conference and Training Event will be held at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island. On Thursday Dr Colton will be in Wales for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the LL.M at Cardiff University.

On Wednesday afternoon at 2.45 pm, the Cashel. Ferns & Ossory Diocesan Synod will be held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow.

On Thursday morning at 11 am the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, will preside at the Primary Schools Service in Christ Church cathedral. In St Ann’s church, Dublin, on Thursday, there will be a lunchtime recital at 1.20pm when the Maestro Trio will play ‘The Seasons from Two Continents’ –  music by Tchaikovsky and Astor Piazzolla.

The Church of Ireland Youth Department (CIYD) has launched its Climate Justice Toolkit – a resource pack which explores climate change from a global justice perspective.  This has been adapted from materials produced in association with the Girls Friendly Society.

Steve Grasham, CIYD’s Youth Ministry Development Officer for the Southern Region, says: “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development everywhere. Its widespread and unprecedented effects disproportionately impact the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world. The aim of this toolkit is to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes of young people as they explore the impact of climate change on our planet, the inequality of its consequences on people, and why this is unjust.”

This toolkit uses a ‘development education’ approach – an interactive and creative learning process that seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the world we live in. It challenges perceptions and stereotypes by encouraging optimism, participation and action for a just world.  Through a process of exploration, reflection and action, the activities seek to support young people to make connections between their own lives and climate justice issues, and to empower them to make a positive difference in our world.

The resource is available in a PDF document format.  Clergy, youth workers and youth leaders can contact their Diocesan Youth Officer or Steve Grasham at steve@ciyd.org for a copy. In due course, it will also be downloadable from the CIYD website: www.ciyd.org

It has been agreed that the General Synod of 2023 will take place on Friday, 12th May, and Saturday, 13th May, in White’s Hotel, Wexford, with Day 3 taking place remotely on the evening of Tuesday 16th May and the evening of Thursday 18 May (if required). More information will be published nearer to the time on the General Synod website: https://synod.ireland.anglican.org

The General Synod of 2024 will take place in Armagh.


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