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The Diocesan Archive of Tuam, Killala and Achonry

The RCB Library is pleased to report that the historical diocesan archive for Tuam, Killala and Achonry has been arranged and listed, and the detailed catalogue has been published online for public perusal in conjunction with June’s Archive of the Month.

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A visual window to rural church settings in the 1930s

A rare set of 27 lantern slides depicting various churches principally in the diocese of Leighlin, but additionally from the dioceses of Glendalough and Kildare, and one of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, has recently been transferred from St Canice’s Cathedral to the RCB Library by the Dean of Ossory, the Very Revd David MacDonnell.

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New Papers Fill Gaps in the Dublin University Mission in Chota Nagpur Collection at the RCB Library

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The 200th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Messiah, 13th April 1942

The relationship between the Church and Handel’s masterpiece was marked by a special celebration on the 200th anniversary of its first performance, on 13th April 1942.

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Monaghan parish register reveals rector’s response to Disestablishment

Under the terms of the Irish Church Act, of 26th July 1869, which passed into law in 1871, the union between Church and State in Ireland that had existed since the Reformation was dissolved, and the Church of Ireland ceased to be established in law, leaving it ‘free to shape her future course, independent of state control’.

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Bishop Rowan Williams visits RCB Library

The RCB Library was honoured to welcome Bishop Rowan Williams during his visit to Dublin last week, when he was introduced to particular items in the collection.

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Digging for Emmet: Ghostly images From Dublin’s past brought back to life through digitization

In February 2019, the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Dublin met at St Michan’s Church, Dublin, to issue an appeal for the return of the head of an 800–year old mummy which was stolen during a raid at the church’s crypt.

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Marking 150 years of a church at the forefront of social justice and reform: St Barnabas’s, Dublin

22nd January 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of a unique church in the history of the Church of Ireland, that of St Barnabas in the docklands area of Dublin.

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The last pre–disestablished cleric of the Church of Ireland: William Somerville–Large

A special Archive of the Month focusing on the personal story of the last member of the clergy to be ordained before Disestablishment – the Revd William Somerville–Large (1847–1939) – has been commissioned by the RCB Library as a final contribution to the 150th anniversary for 2019.

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A Little Map with a Big Story

In 2019, the RCB Library has received numerous invaluable items to augment the already substantial collection held for St John the Evangelist, Sandymount. Of particular interest was one document, with an attached map, outlining the designation of parochial district boundaries, dated 6th November 1867.

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