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St Patrick’s Archives

As a contribution to the Swift 350th celebrations the RCB Library has mounted an on–line presentation of the muniments of St Patrick’s cathedral, which, as well as recording Swift’s tenure as dean, reflect many other themes in the cathedral’s life – a medieval foundation which sought to rival Christ Church, the site of the first university in Ireland, the home of the Knights of St Patrick, a place of commemoration of churchmen, soldiers, statesmen, writers and musicians, and the national cathedral for the disestablished Church of Ireland. Second only to Christ Church, this is the most significant cathedral records collection in Ireland.

Dating from as early as the 13th century and continuing on to the present day, the collection includes minutes, accounts, deeds, maps, plans, architectural drawings, photographs, printed material, seals, music and a host of loose papers. The core of the collection was catalogued to facilitate the new history of St Patrick’s which was published in 2009 and work has continued. Most recently the Library’s administrator, Robert Gallagher, has listed the extensive photograph collection and this and the original lists are now available on the RCB Library pages of the Church of Ireland website.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11am RTÉ1 will broadcast a Service for Remembrance Sunday from St Fethlimidh’s cathedral, Kilmore, led by the Dean of Kilmore, the Very Revd Nigel Crossey. At 4.20pm BBC 1 will broadcast a special ‘Songs of Praise’ programme from Enniskillen, 30 years after the IRA bomb explosion during a Remembrance Day ceremony.

Tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11am the Archbishop of Dublin will preside at the Eucharist in St Philip’s church, Milltown, and will consecrate a Garden of Remembrance, while at 11.30am the Choir of the Crescent School for Boys, Toronto, will sing at the Service of Remembrance in St. Columba’s church, Kells, Co. Meath. At 3.15pm the Annual Service of Remembrance will be held in St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, which will be attended by President Higgins.

At a service of Choral Evensong at 3.15 pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Armagh, tomorrow (Sunday) the Revd Tony Davidson, Minister of First Armagh Presbyterian church will be installed as an Ecumenical Canon in succession to the Revd Dr Donald Watts, a former Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. At the same service, Martin White, who was Organist and Master of the Choristers form 1968 to 2002, will be conferred with the title of ‘Organist Emeritus’ of the cathedral.

The second in a series of candlelit film nights will be held in the Music Room of Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, on Monday evening at 6.30pm when Daniel Fitzpatrick, film critic and curator, will introduce Forbidden Planet (1956), the first film to be set entirely on another planet.

On Tuesday the Dublin & Glendalough Retired Clergy Fellowship will meet in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute where the speaker will be Bishop Richard Henderson.

The lunchtime concert in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, on Wednesday will feature music for wind instruments and piano by Glinka, Arnold and Weissenborn, performed by Celia Donoghue, Michele Sanzo and Ethna Tinney. In the evening, at 7.30p, the Archbishop of Dublin will deliver a public lecture at Dublin City University on ‘Reformation: context, repercussions and future possibilities …’.

The Patronal Festival of St Doulough’s church, Balgriffin, will be held on Friday evening at 8pm when the preacher will be Very Rev Gerry Tanham, PP of Howth. St Doulagh’s is the oldest church in Ireland which is in regular weekly use.