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Disestablishment 150 Lecture Series in Christ Church Cathedral

Fridays in January 2020 at 1.10pm

Disestablishment 150 Lecture Series in Christ Church Cathedral

Dublin & Glendalough’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland gets underway this month with a series of lunchtime lectures in Dublin’s Christ Church cathedral.

The lectures will examine the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland after 150 years, from the perspectives of government, history, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Church of Ireland, and will take place at 1.10pm on the Fridays in January in the cathedral’s music room. Admission is free and all are most welcome.

The series begins on Friday 10 January with Mary E Daly, former professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, and who from 2014–17 served as the first female president of the Royal Irish Academy. Her edited volume with K Theodore Hoppen on Gladstone: Ireland and Beyond (Four Courts Press, 2011), makes her the ideal person to give a governmental perspective on the Church of Ireland’s disestablishment, given that Gladstone was the main architect of the considerable legislation.

Later speakers include the early modernist Professor Alan Ford (Friday 17 January) with a historical perspective on disestablishment, while Dr Colin Barr (Friday 24 January), senior lecturer in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, will give a view from the Roman Catholic Church. The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, perhaps the ultimate insider as archbishop of Armagh, whose doctoral thesis was on the disestablishment revision of the Book of Common Prayer in the 1870s, will conclude the series (Friday 31 January).

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