Saturday, 14 September 2013

RM Gwynn Commemoration

The ‘Church of Ireland Notes’ in The Irish Times this morning [14 September 2013] opens with the following paragraphs:

Next Thursday evening Whitechurch parish, Dublin, will host a seminar as a contribution to the commemoration of the 1913 Dublin ‘Lock–Out’. This seminar will be held in Whitechurch Parish Old Schools (in the church grounds), commencing at 7.45 p.m.

The General Synod has established an Historical Centenaries Working Group, to mark the significant historic centenary dates on this island between 1912 and 1922. This autumn marks the centenary commemoration of the workers ‘Lock–Out’ strike. The context for this local commemoration is the fact that the Revd RM Gwynn, SFTCD and his medical doctor wife, Eileen, are buried in Whitechurch graveyard, in the church grounds. RM Gwynn gave significant support to the workers during the ‘Lock–Out’.

At 7.45 p.m. there will be a short commemorative ceremony at the Gwynn grave, prior to the commencement of the seminar at 8 p.m.

The speakers at this seminar will be Canon Patrick Comerford on ‘Gwynn the Priest’, the Archbishop of Dublin on ‘Gwynn the Educationalist’ and author Pádraig Yeates, on ‘The Lock–Out, 1913’.

Directions to Whitechurch parish may be found at

A similar report appears on p. 20 of the September 2013 edition of the Church Review, the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Magazine.

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