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Taney celebrations

Tomorrow (Sunday) Christ Church, Taney, will celebrate the bicentenary of the first service held in the church on 21 June 1818. The Archbishop of Dublin will be the celebrant at the Eucharist and the preacher will be the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, whose father, Canon Walter Burrows, was Rector of Taney from 1959 until 1983. Following the service Mr. Shane Ross, T.D., the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, will launch the revised parish history Taney – Progress of a Parish, written by Carol Robinson Tweed, which has been published by the O’Brien Press.

The parish of Taney, based in the Dublin suburb of Dundrum, but spreading also into Churchtown, Ballinteer and Clonskeagh, is the largest Church of Ireland parish in the Republic of Ireland, and is unusual in having two churches, Christ Church and St Nahi’s.

St Nahi’s is the older, built in 1760 on the site of a seventh century monastery, and is remarkable for the quality of its furnishings – stained glass by Evie Hone, tapestries by the Yeats sisters and the font from St Kevin’s in which the Duke of Wellington was baptised. Christ Church, a much larger 19th century building designed by the Diocesan Architect William Farrell, together with a modern parish centre, and an adjacent national school, is the hub of the modern parish which is also the home of the peal of bells from St George’s church, Temple Street.

The Diocesan Synod of Limerick & Killaloe will be held today (Saturday) in Villiers School, Limerick. It will be an all–day synod, beginning at 10.30am. Among the items to be discussed is the future relationship between Limerick & Killaloe and Tuam, Killala & Achonry.

This evening (Saturday) the choir, Peregryne, directed by Stuart Kinsella, will sing works by Victoria, Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Lassus in University Church, Dublin, at 7pm. At the same time, in Trinity College Chapel, the Mornington Singers will mark their 21st anniversary with a concert which will include music by Byrd, Mendelssohn and Parry as well as more recent works by Irish composers John Buckley, Rhona Clarke, Frank Corcoran and Seán Doherty.

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.15pm in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, there will be Festal Evensong for the Nativity of St John the Baptist sung by the Cathedral Choir with the Christ Church Baroque Players. The service will include a Magnificat by Schutz, a Nunc Dimittis by Victoria and J.S. Bach’s cantata No. 167 which was written for this feast day. At 4pm in St Patrick’s cathedral, Trim, the Revd Alastair Graham, Rector of Mullingar, will be installed as a canon, while at the same time the Annual Open Air Service will be held at the Hill of Tara where the preacher will be the Rector of Raheny & Coolock, the Revd Norman McCausland.

On Tuesday the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will attend the National Churches Trust Service in St Paul’s cathedral, London.

On Thursday evening, ‘Music In Calary 2018’ continues at 8pm in Calary church, Co. Wicklow. Sean Carpio (drums), Mikkel Ploug (guitar) Simon Jermyn (guitar), Jeppe Skovbakke (bass), and Joachim Badenhorst (reeds) will play a concert of original music that will speak about the places of its origin, including Calary. For tickets, to make a booking or for more information, please contact John on (01) 2818146 or Derek Neilson on derekneilson@eircom.net

On Friday evening in Aghavea parish church, Brookeborough, the Bishop of Clogher will institute the Revd Johnny McLoughlin as Rector. Mr McLoughlin, who was ordained in 2009, has been Rector of Clonfeacle in the Diocese of Armagh since 2011.