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Disestablishment 150: National Service of Commemoration in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Disestablishment 150: National Service of Commemoration in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

The official launch of the Church of Ireland’s National Programme to mark the 150th anniversary of Disestablishment will begin at the opening commemorative National Service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday November 23 2019, at 3pm at which the Archbishop of Canterbury will preach.

The service is free but ticketed. Tickets for members of the general public are available on the St Patrick’s Cathedral website here.

The cathedral has also created a ticketing option for representatives from each diocese of the Church to attend the service. People from Dublin & Glendalough can get their tickets here. A maximum of 20 tickets is available and a maximum of four tickets can be taken per transaction.

The service will be followed by a panel discussion – entitled ‘Second City, 300, 150, Today’ – starting at 6pm, as part of the annual Jonathan Swift Festival. Again, this event is free but registration is essential via a separate link here.

Swift, a fervent defender of the Church of Ireland, but also a fierce critic of the hypocrisy of his age, lived much of his life between London and Dublin: the first and second cities of the British Empire. 150 years after the Disestablishment of his beloved Church, the panel will consider what he would think, against the backdrop of Brexit, the future holds for Ireland and Great Britain, or for Church/State relations? It will discuss these and other important questions of our time. Panel members will include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Mary McAleese and others.  The discussion is expected to finish around 7pm.

This event is proudly supported by the programme to mark the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.

Free of Charge. Registration Essential.