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Historical Society Meeting

The next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held in the Henry Roe Room of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday 2 November beginning with registration at 10.30am.

In the morning session Dr Áine Hensey, well known as a presenter and producer with RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, will discuss ‘“Isolated enclaves”: the challenge of establishing Church of Ireland communities outside Dublin in the aftermath of the Reformation’. This will be followed by a research paper on ‘The political response of Guinness’s brewery to the First World War’ delivered by Ms Kiara Gregory who is a doctoral student in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

After lunch Prof Kevin Cathcart, Emeritus Professsor of Near Eastern Languages in UCD, will talk on  ‘Distinguished and amiable, conscientious and controversial: Edward Hincks, rector of Killyleagh, 1826–66’. The day will conclude with a presentation on “Keeping the head up”: how did southern Protestants come to terms with independent Ireland?’ by Dr Ida Milne and Dr Ian d’Alton who are the editors of the recently published book of essays, Protestant and Irish.

Queries may be addressed to the honorary secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, by email at secretary.coihs@gmail.com or querists may visit the society’s website: http://churchofirelandhist.org

Today (Saturday) the Archbishop of Dublin will be in Cairo for a meeting of the Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission.

Since its establishment in 1030, the languages used in the services in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, have in all probability been either Latin or English. Tomorrow (Sunday) for the first time in its history, the principal Sunday service, a celebration of the Eucharist, will be Irish. An tOir Trevor Sergeant, curate of Waterford and Cathaoirleach of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, will be the preacher, and Canon Gary Hastings, Canon Treasurer of Christ Church and Rector of Holy Trinity, Killiney, will be the celebrant. The choir for the service will be Cór Chúil Aodha, from the West Cork Gaeltacht. They were founded by the famous composer Seán Ó Riada in 1963, and their director and organist is Peadar Ó Riada, his son. This male voice choir sings both traditional and liturgical music and has a very  important place in the musical traditions of this country. The setting for the Eucharist, which will begin at 11am, will be the O’Riada Mass.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College, Dublin, and Dublin University Far Eastern Mission committee member, Dr Kerry Houston, will attend the rededication of St Philip’s church in the Diocese of Western Kowloon.  This follows extensive renovations after damage sustained during a strong typhoon last year (http://dwk.hkskh.org/stphilip). The service will led by Bishop Andrew Chan who delivered the Godfrey Day memorial lecture at Trinity some years ago. The Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott, will be with Dr Houston to attend the ordination of Kenneth Lo to the diaconate in St John’s cathedral, Hong Kong, on All Saint’s Day. Kenneth spent a short time at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in January of this year.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Very Rev JFA Bond, sometime Dean of Connor, will preach at the 70th Anniversary of St Colman’s Mothers’ Union in Dunmurry and also at Drummaul parish church, Randalstown, for the evening Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

On Saturday 2 November the Mornington Singers will give a concert entitled ‘Requiem: Fauré & Duruflé’ in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at 8pm. The choir, directed by Orla Flanagan, will perform two of the best–loved settings of the Requiem accompanied by organist Andrew Johnstone.