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Heritage Week

Heritage Week begins today and provides an opportunity to experience a variety of cultural events from a Church of Ireland perspective.

As the Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, publicity asks ‘Never visited? Haven’t been in to see us for a while? Rediscover your Dublin heritage in Christ Church this week with our special offer of €5 off the family ticket price’. Today (Saturday) and next Saturday at 11am there will be a Monk Tour for children aged 6–12 while on Monday and Wednesday at 1.15pm guided tours of the cathedral and belfry offer a chance to ring the famous Christ Church bells. On Tuesday at 1.15pm, Melanie Sharkey and Bernard Seymour, the designers of the cathedral’s new grounds and labyrinth, will discuss the project outside the cathedral. On Saturday 24 August Catherine Dunphy will lead a free music workshop for children aged 5–9 – a fun music and dance workshop in the Cathedral grounds. Registration may be required for some of these events – details from the Christ Church website.

From Monday to Friday St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will offer art and craft workshops at 11am, lunchtime music in the Lady Chapel and guided tours at 3pm. Today (Saturday) and next Saturday there will be bell ringing tours,  music workshops for children, and, at 6pm organ recitals by Stuart Nicholson and David Leigh. On Wednesday at 7pm the cathedral architect, John Beauchamp, will talk about the roof restoration project and on Thursday at 6.30pm there will be an instagram evening. All events are free but registration is required – see the St Patrick’s website for details.

As a complement to the RCB Library’s exhibition of architectural drawings of churches and glebe house which is running in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin, there will be a series of lunchtime lectures next week at 1.15pm. On Tuesday Prof Alan Ford, Professor Emeritus at University of Nottingham, will reflect on‘What kind of a Church is the Church of Ireland?and on Wednesday Dr Michael O’Neill will talk about the architectural collections of the Church of Ireland. The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory will consider ‘Liturgical space and the re–ordering of Church of Ireland churches’ on Thursday and the series concludes on Friday with Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, University of Limerick, discussing ‘Church of Ireland restorations and representations in 19th–century Ireland’.

Next Tuesday and Thursday, from 3–4.30pm, Dr Michael O’Neill will lead a walking tour which will consider the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland 150 years ago, and look at the cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s and adjacent parish churches and how they reflect this event.  The tour will be free of charge but places are limited and booking is required. Please contact Caoimhe Leppard at caoimhe.leppard@rcbdub.org or on 00 353 (0)1 4125 608.

In St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, there will be a free tour each day during Heritage week from 2.30 to 3.30pm.

Tomorrow (Sunday) in Christ  Church cathedral, Dublin, the 11am Sung Eucharist will be sung by the cathedral’s Voluntary Choir  while in  St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, the Close Chorale will sing at the 11.15 am Choral Eucharist and at the 3.15pm Evensong.

‘Summer Music in Sandford’ continues next Friday at 1.10pm in Sandford parish church, Ranelagh, where there will be recital by Andreea Banciu (viola), Conor Sheil (clarinet) and Aileen Cahill (piano)

The new series of organ recitals continues in St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork, on Friday at 1.10pm when David Leigh, from St Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin, will play music by Dupré and Goode.