10th – 31st January
Disestablishment 150 Lectures
Fridays in January 2020 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Dublin & Glendalough’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland will get underway in January 2020 with a series of lunchtime lectures in Christ Church Cathedral.
Entitled ‘Perspectives on 150 Years of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland’, the lectures will take place on Fridays throughout January starting at 1.10pm in the Music Room. The lectures will look at Disestablishment from the perspectives of government, history, the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland churches, and will be delivered by an esteemed line–up of speakers.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
The first will be delivered on Friday January 10, at 1.10pm and will be given by 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), ideally qualifies her to give a governmental perspective on the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, given that Gladstone was largely the architect of the legislation.
Later speakers include the early modernist, Professor Alan Ford with a historical perspective on disestablishment, while Dr Colin Barr of the University of Aberdeen will give a view from the perspective of the Roman Catholic church. Archbishop 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 with his insight into the Church of Ireland.