Church of Ireland Notes from “The Irish Times”

Saturday 16 August 2014

Celebrations in Tarbert
For the past two centuries the elegant steeple of St. Brendan’s church, Kilnaughtin, has been a prominent feature of the life and the landscape of Tarbert, Co. Kerry. To celebrate its bicentennial, an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving,conducted by the Revd Dr. Keith Scott, will take place in St. Brendan’s church tomorrow (Sunday) at 3pm. The combined choirs of St. Brendan’s and St. Mary’s churches will sing Festal Evensong and an address concerning the history of the church and its community, will be given by Dr. Declan Downey, who is a lecturer in the School of History and Archives in University College Dublin. After the service, a commemorative book entitled St. Brendan’s Church of Ireland, Tarbert, 1814–2014. Two Hundred Years of Change, published by The Tarbert Historical Society will be launched by Professor John Coolahan, Emeritus Professor of Education at NUI Maynooth. Thereafter, a reception will take place in the Community Centre to which all are most welcome. It promises to be a wonderful occasion for the entire community as well as for the renewal of old friendships and the exchange of reminiscences

St. Brendan’s Church of Ireland, Tarbert, 1814–2014. Two Hundred Years of Change

, is a unique, well researched and richly illustrated historical record and socio–cultural memoir of a Church of Ireland community in rural south–west Ireland. Also, the inclusion of baptismal records from 1787 to 1916 provides a valuable genealogical resource. The book will be available for sale at the book–launch tomorrow (Sunday), and thereafter at Tarbert Bridewell Visitor Centre and local retailers and bookshops.

This afternoon (Sunday) at 3pm the St Molua’s Annual Ecumenical Service will be held in Magheracloone parish church, Co. Monaghan, where the preacher will be the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd John McDowell. At 4pm in Clonmacnoise there will be a Summer Evening Service in Templeconnor church.

The 250th anniversary of Christ Church, Dromard, Co. Sligo, will be celebrated tomorrow (Sunday) with a special service at 4pm. The Bishop of Tuam, Killala & Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, will preach and the music will be led by the choir of Bangor Abbey. Dromard is part of a group of parishes based on Skreen where the rector is the Archdeacon of Killala & Achonry, the Ven. Alan Synott.

Tomorrow (Sunday) the annual Charles Wood Summer School begins in Armagh with an opening recital by Frederic Blanc and Gaudeamus in St Patrick’s cathedral. On Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm the Charles Wood Singers will sing Evensong in the cathedral and the Thursday Evensong will be recorded for BBC Radio 3. The Charles Wood Singers and Boys’ Choir will give a Gala Concert in the cathedral on Friday evening which will also feature the winner of the Senior Class of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.

The Clonmacnoise Summer School at Cluain Ciaran begins next Friday and continues until Sunday 24 August. The theme is ‘Reconnecting Ancient Learning with a Modern World. The Legacy of the Early Irish …read more

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