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Disestablishment Book Launch

Next Tuesday evening in Church of Ireland House, Donegall Street, the Belfast launch of the book of essays to mark the 150th anniversary of disestablishment will be launched. The Archbishop of Armagh will preside and the Archbishop of Dublin will speak.

Irish Anglicanism, 1969–2019: Essays to Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, edited by Dr Kenneth Milne, the Church of Ireland Historiographer, and Dr Paul Harron, former Church of Ireland Press Officer, has been published by Four Courts Press. The title consciously harks back to Irish Anglicanism, 1869–1969, edited by Fr Michael Hurley SJ 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 important publishing event will take place next Wednesday evening in the Irish Architectural Archive where the Archbishop of Dublin, will launch Saint Bartholomew’s Church Dublin 1867–2019 by Kenneth Milne. First published in 1963, the text has been revised and the story brought up to date by Dr Milne, while Professor Alistair Rowan has added an account of the ‘Church Building and Art’. The book has been published by Ross Hinds.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the first Sunday of Advent, a service will be broadcast on RTE 1 television and RTE radio 1 extra at 11 am.  The service will be led by Canon Mark Hayden and parishioners from the Gorey Group of parishes with the Fun and Fellowship choir. In Dublin there will be an Advent Carol Service in St Patrick’s cathedral at 3.15pm and at 5pm the Advent Procession will be sung by the Cathedral Choir in Christ Church

A coffee concert to support Pipeworks will be held in St Stephen’s church (The Pepper Canister), Dublin, tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm, when there will be music for advent by Telemann, Bach and more besides, with Rachel Talbot, soprano, Theresa Burton, recorder, and Simon Stroughair and Siobhan Kilkelly, organ. 

Limerick City Parish’s series of talks leading up to Christmas continues on Friday in St Michael’s church, Pery Square, at 1pm when the speaker will be  Joe Slattery, Coordinator of the North Star Family Support Project. These talks are aimed at all who experience overwhelming circumstances and difficulties within their lives. Each session will offer hope encouragement and perhaps a way forward. Within the talk there will be time for questions interaction and refreshments. Further information may be had from the Revd Paul Fitzpatrick on (086) 4113 989.

Choral Compline resumes at Sandford Parish Church, Ranelagh, on Friday evening at 7pm. All are welcome to come to this beautiful meditative service, which provides a welcome respite from the busy Friday rush–hour.

Christ Church cathedral, Dublin, will host a Christmas Tree Decoration Workshop  on Saturday 7 December from 2–4pm. This event will be for children and adults, 8 years and upwards. All materials will be supplied and the event is free with the cathedral entrance fee. Pre–booking is required and intending participants should email the cathedral’s Head of Education, Dr Ruth Kenny, at


Also on Saturday 7 December there will be a Christmas Concert in aid of parish funds in St Patrick’s church, Donabate, at 8pm with soprano Niamh Fitzgerald and  baritone David Scott and accompanied by David O’Shea.

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