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Archive of the Month

The current ‘Archive of the Month’ from the RCB Library, details some 2,187 people – soldiers and their families – recorded in the registers of Ballincollig Garrison Chapel which have been recovered using the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials between 1810 and 1922 now in the custody of the RCB Library. Further research using a variety of additional resources has further unlocked their hidden stories, and the detailed searchable list is now available for a worldwide audience through the Library’s ‘Archive of the Month’ slot. 

The work has been carried out by local historian Anne Donaldson, who over the course of several years diligently extracted all of the names and details of the soldiers mentioned in the garrison chapel registers (a combined register of baptisms 1810–1864; marriages 1823–1842 and burials 1813–1882; a register of baptisms 1865–1921; and a register of burials 1871–1920). Then, using a variety of other primary sources, she fleshed out details about them and their families, all of which data she has inputted to a detailed spreadsheet, a PDF copy of which is now available online at  www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive

The town of Ballincollig is situated in the Church of Ireland parish of Carrigrohane, thus explaining the survival of the registers in Carrigrohane parish church, where they were carefully maintained until their transfer to the RCB Library.

Today the Tuam, Killala & Achonry Diocesan Synod will be held in Tuam.

Tomorrow (Sunday) on RTE 1 television at 11.10, a Service of the Word, with members of the Mothers’ Union, which is celebrating 130 years, will be broadcast.  The worship will be led by Phyllis Grothier, Mothers’ Union All–Ireland President.

In Christ Church Cathedral at 3.30pm the Archbishop of Dublin will ordain the Revd Ross Styles and the Revd Rebecca Guildea to the priesthood. Mr Styles will serve with Archdeacon of Dublin, the Ven. David Pierpoint, in the Christ Church Cathedral group of parishes and Ms Guildea will serve as an NSM in the diocese, initially attached to Greystones parish where the rector is Canon David Mungavin.

In St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare, the Cathedral Choir will sing Choral Evensong at the annual service of Harvest Thanksgiving at 3.30pm. The organist will be David O’Shea and the conductor Thomas Charles  Marshall, The preacher will be the Revd Fran Grasham, Chaplain to the Forces in the Curragh Camp. In St Fin Barre’s cathedral the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will preside at Evensong to mark the Feast of St Fin Barre which occurs on Monday.

On Monday evening the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, will host a talk in the Music Room at 7.30pm where the former Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Walton Empey, will speak on ‘Life as Bishop and Archbishop’.

In St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin on Thursday the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the Second Level Schools’ Evensong while in St Peter’s church, Bandon, the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross will preside at the Diocesan Service for Primary Schools.

National Poetry Day will be celebrated in the Armagh Robinson Library on Thursday evening with a talk on ‘Jonathan Swift: Poetic Ventriloquist’ by Professor Andrew Carpenter, Emeritus Professor of English in UCD.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of St Bartholomew’s church, Dublin, Dr Kenneth Milne is updating his history of the parish which originally appeared in 1983 and which is long out of print. Copies of the new history may be ordered through the parish website (www.stbartholomews.ie) at €25 or €50 for a signed copy.