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New Disestablishment Book

Next Friday evening in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, a book of essays to mark the 150th anniversary of disestablishment will be launched. The Archbishop of Dublin will preside and the Archbishop of Armagh will speak.

Irish Anglicanism, 1969–2019: Essays to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland has been edited by Dr Kenneth Milne, the Historiographer of the Church of Ireland, and Dr Paul Harron, former Church of Ireland Press Officer, and has been published by Four Courts Press. The title consciously harks back to Irish Anglicanism, 1869–1969, edited by Fr Michael Hurley SJ and published by Allen Figgis, to mark the centenary of disestablishment. However, while Fr Hurley’s book consisted of essays by writers from outside the Church of Ireland, this new volume is a series of reflections largely by those within the Church on the last fifty years. A foreword by the Archbishop of Armagh is followed by twenty essays on history, worship, music, ministry, ecumenism, law, politics, architecture, education, and much more, with 24 pages of illustrations.

Another launch will be held in Belfast Cathedral, on 3 December.

Today (Saturday) the Armagh Diocesan Synod will be held in St Mark’s Parish Church, Armagh.

This weekend Sandford & Milltown parish will hold an Art Exhibition in St Philip’s Church Hall, Temple Road, Dublin, and next Friday at 7.30pm the combined choirs of Sandford, St Philip’s & St Bartholomew’s will present a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op 48 in Sandford Church.

This evening (Saturday) the Mornington Singers will give a concert entitled ‘Requiem: Fauré & Duruflé ‘in Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, at 8pm, accompanied by organist Andrew Johnstone.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the Revd Dr Peter Thompson will give an organ recital  in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 4.15pm in memory of David Drinkel who died recently. The programme will include works by Bach, Howells and Dupré.

On Monday the Archbishop of Dublin will begin a visit to the Holy Land where he will attend the Diocese of Jerusalem Annual Majma (Synod) at the invitation of Archbishop Suheil

On Tuesday the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of  Lichfield, will begin a visit to the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross to explore the potential for post–BREXIT links between  the two dioceses.

In St Lasarian’s cathedral, Old Leighlin, on Thursday evening at 7pm, there will be a lecture to celebrate the Feast of St Willibrord, patron saint of Luxembourg, first apostle of the Netherlands, and his Co. Carlow connections. Dr Niamh Wycherley, from NUI Galway, will speak on ‘The Cult of Relics in Medieval Ireland; Power, Patronage and Devotion’.

Vacancies exist in the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, for Lay Vicarships and Choral Scholarships in all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor & bass) starting in January 2020. The Cathedral Choir sings for 3–4 services per week in term–time, with concerts, recordings, and international tours (most recently to the USA in July 2019), and enjoy a generous remuneration. This is an opportunity to develop choral and musical skills whilst singing in an internationally renowned choir. Both Lay Vicarships and Choral Scholarships are able to be undertaken alongside undergraduate or post–graduate study. Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, covering letter and details of two referees to jack.oades@christchurch.ie. Auditions will take place in late November 2019. Short–listed candidates will be required to perform a song or aria of their choice, and undertake a series of basic sight–reading tests. For more information or a detailed job description, email: jack.oades@christchurch.ie or luke.horner@christchurch.ie.