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Clerical Manoeuvres

Three installations of canons to the Chapter of the National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Patrick, Dublin, will be held in three separate services over the next two months.

Last Sunday the Revd John Godfrey, Rector of Aughrim & Creagh (Ballinasloe) in Clonfert Diocese, who had been elected at the Synod of Tuam, Limerick & Killaloe to the Prebendal Stall of Kilmactalway, was installed. He has replaced Canon Jennifer McWhirter, who, having resigned that Prebend due to the appointment of her husband, the Ven Stephen McWhirter, as Rector of Rossorry in the Diocese of Clogher, was subsequently elected by the Chapter to the Prebendal Stall of Taney.

Canon McWhirter, who will be installed on Sunday 15 January, has recently been appointed Rector of Cleenish & Mullaghdun in the Diocese of Clogher, but will continue to serve as a Chapter Canon in Saint Patrick’s.

The Ven Craig McCauley, Rector of the Virginia group of parishes, in Kilmore Diocese, since 2004, who recently resigned the Prebendal Stall of Mulhuddart on his appointment as Rector of Naas, Diocese of Kildare, was subsequently elected as Prebendary of Tipperkevin, in succession to Canon Ian Gallagher, Rector of Stillorgan & Blackrock, who resigned at the end of September. Canon McCauley hopes to be installed to his new Prebendal Stall on Sunday 22 January 2023.

In the Diocese of Clogher the Revd Ian Cruickshank has been appointed as Rector of  Carrickmacross, Magheracloone & Ardagh. A native of Aberdeen, Mr Cruickshank has been Rector of Killanne & Killegney union of parishes in the diocese of Ferns since 2017.

The Archdeacon of Ossory & Leighlin, the Ven Ruth Elmes, has been appointed as Rector of Dalkey in the Diocese of Dublin in succession to the Very Revd Bruce Hayes who is now Dean of Waterford. She has been Rector of Tinahely & Carnew in the Diocese of Ferns since 2012.

Today (Saturday) to mark and celebrate the bicentennial of organist César Franck, Pipeworks is presenting a performance of his works in St Bartholomew’s church, Clyde Road, Dublin, from 10.30–4.30 with twelve organists participating.  Admission is free with more details at pipeworks.ie

A series of Advent Talks isbeing held in St Flannan’s cathedral, Killaloe, during Lent. The talks will be on the theme on the theme of ‘bring to light the things now in darkness’ and the next  talk, at 7:30pm on Tuesday, will be given by David Bolton, author of Conflict, Peace and Mental Health: Addressing the Consequence of Conflict and Trauma in Northern Ireland. He is the founder of the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma.

The History of St James’s Church and Graveyard, by historian and genealogist, Sean Murphy, is no longer in print and so the author has decided to make an e–book edition free for downloading at this link. The book includes parallel histories of the Protestant and Catholic parishes of St James since the Reformation and features appendices listing both ministers and priests. There is much new research contained in the book, including a chapter on St James and Compostela, the fact that Dr Pearse Lyons was born in Inchicore, that about 100,000 people are buried in St James’s Graveyard, mostly Catholics, and that the burials include Sir John Trail, architect of Kilmainham Gaol, James Power, founder of Power’s Distillery, and of course nine members of Dr Lyons’s family. Very importantly the book provides practical guidance for those who wish to check if someone is buried in St James’s Graveyard.


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