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A month is a long time in politics: Disestablishment as covered in the ‘Gazette’

Drawing on the rich resources of the digitized and freely searchable Church of Ireland Gazette, the historian Dr Miriam Moffitt has produced a timely analysis of the coverage of the Disestablishment story as it happened and was reported by the Gazette, the Church’s newspaper, then under its former name: the Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette (and then as now a monthly, not weekly publication) as the RCB Library’s Archive of the Month for August.

Dr Moffitt focuses on the period between the circulation of the draft Bill in January 1869 to its passage into law on 26th July and then the immediate aftermath to the end of that year demonstrating how the news was reported and thus read and interpreted by the wider Church of Ireland community.