Minister for Education and Skills to launch Irish Archives 2014 on the theme: The Records of the Church of Ireland

By Lynn Glanville

Minister Jan O'Sullivan

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan TD (pictured) will launch volume 21
of Irish Archives (the journal of the Irish Society for Archives, edited by Susan Hood and Elizabeth McEvoy) which this year is devoted to the records of the Church of Ireland.

The launch will take place in the Deanery of St Patrick’s Cathedral, with the kind permission of the Dean, the Very Revd Victor Stacey,
on Tuesday November 4 at
6.15 pm. Minister O’Sullivan is the first person to hold this particular ministerial portfolio who happens also to be a member of the Church of Ireland.

The Church of Ireland does not always get credit for gathering records together and keeping them safe. This volume of Irish Archives aims to set the record straight by paying tribute to those who have looked after an array of parish collections, diocesan papers and miscellaneous manuscripts in local and central custody and by providing a platform for the current generation of historians and archivists to reassess and reconstruct some of the complex aspects of Church of Ireland identity.

Speaking on this theme, Minister O’Sullivan said: “Record–keeping does not always get the recognition it deserves. However, it is vitally important that we retain a documented …read more

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