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Heritage Week

Each year Heritage Week provides an opportunity for the Church of Ireland to show case many of its buildings and for visitors to have access to churches which are not regularly open outside the hours of worship.

Among the activities at lunchtime in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be writing workshops and ‘Monks Tours’ for children today (Saturday). On Monday at lunchtime there will be a belfry tour with an opportunity to ring the cathedral’s bells. A lunchtime architectural of tour of the cathedral will be led by Dr Stuart Kinsella on Wednesday and on Friday, at 1.15pm, architectural historian Dr Michael O’Neill will lead a local walking tour which will include access to St Werburgh’s church.

In St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, there will be lunchtime music recitals from Monday until Thursday and a series of Evensongs, at 5.30pm, from Monday to Friday with music from different phases of the past. Linda Taylor will give a tour of hidden burial on Monday at 6.30pm and at the same time on Wednesday Albert Fenton will give an illustrated talk on the Knights of St Patrick.

The Very Rev Dr Philip Knowles will give an organ recital in Timolin parish church, Moone, Co Kildare, on Monday at 7.30pm followed by refreshments.

St John the Evangelist church, Park Avenue, Sandymount, will host a Heritage Week exhibition, ‘Turbulent Priests, Anglican Nuns and a Boy with a Bicycle: Stories from Sandymount’, from next Thursday until Sunday 26 August. The exhibition recalls significant moments in the history of St John’s between 1900 and 1940, when the controversial Anglo–Catholic clergymen, the Revds Fletcher Le Fanu and Randal Colquhoun, were Vicars and protests took place against their alleged ‘Romish’ liturgical practices. On display are rare photographs of the Community of St John the Evangelist, an order of Anglican nuns, who had a convent, orphanage and school of embroidery on St John’s Road. Also featured is the story of local boy Alfie Knight, aged 9, who wrote to Lord Kitchener in 1914 and offered to go to the Front with his bicycle. Details from sandymount.dublin.anglican.org 

This evening (Saturday), in St Peter’s church, Portlaoise, the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, the Rt Revd Michael Burrows, will introduce Canon Peter Tarleton as priest–in–charge of Portlaoise, The Rock and Ballyfin, and on Friday evening, in St Peter’s church, Mountrath, he will institute the Revd Victor Fitzpatrick to the incumbency of the Clonenagh group of parishes which comprises Clonenagh, Offerlane, Borris–in–Ossory, Seirkieran, Roskelton and Lacca.

Tomorrow (Sunday) BBC Radio Ulster’s Morning Service will be broadcast from the Charles Wood Festival of Music and Summer School at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. The 11am Eucharist in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will be sung by the choir of St Patrick’s church, Dalkey, and Evensong, at 3.30pm, by the choir of All Saints’ church, Mullingar. In St Patrick’s cathedral at 11.15am there will be a Jazz Eucharist sung, by The Close Chorale, to the setting ‘A little Jazz Mass’ by Chilcott. At 3.30pm in Monkstown parish church the annual Pet Service will be held in association with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

‘Summer Music at Sandford’ continues in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, on Friday at 1.10pm when there will be a recital by Maire Ledwith (soprano) and Siobhan Kelly (organ).

At 8pm the author Julie Parsons will officially open an Art & Craft Exhibition in aid of Monkstown School House Restoration Project and Baby Grand Piano Fund in the Knox Hall, Monkstown. The exhibition will continue until 26 August.

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