26 September 2014

Planned paper on ‘The Archbishops of Dublin and the Deanery
of Penkridge: a mediaeval peculiar in the Diocese of Lichfield’

The Church of Saint Michael and All Angels in Penkridge, Staffordshire (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2014)

The Church of Ireland Historical Society has sent out the following press release and invitation:

The Church of Ireland Historical Society

The next meeting of the Society will be held in the Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (directly above the Chapter Room) on Saturday 1 November 2014.


10.30 am Coffee and registration

11 am Dr Caroline Gallagher: ‘First Fruits’ churches and the diocese of Meath, 1800-23’

12 pm Mr Jeffrey Cox: ‘“The instrument of this continual and daily torment:” state negligence and the episcopate of Alexander Craic, 1560-1564’ [Research Paper]

12.45 pm Lunch (in the cathedral crypt)

2 pm Revd Canon Patrick Comerford: ‘The Archbishops of Dublin and the Deanery of Penkridge: a mediaeval peculiar in the Diocese of Lichfield’

3 pm Dr Martin Maguire: ‘Protestant republicans and revolutionaries, 1912-23’


● Dr Caroline Gallagher holds a PhD from NUI Maynooth where she was an Irish Research Council doctoral scholar. Her principal research interests lie in the history of ecclesiastical architecture and liturgical arrangement. She has also published on various aspects of Protestantism, notably on Bishop Thomas Lewis O’Beirne of Meath (c. 1747-1823).

● Mr Jeffrey Cox holds an MA from UCD and is now an Irish Research Council doctoral scholar at the same university. His thesis is a comparative study of religious change in Kildare and Sussex between 1560 and 1640. He is examining how the ecclesiastical structures of the established church and clandestine Catholicism impacted on the confessional communities at local level.

● Revd Canon Patrick Comerford holds a BD from Maynooth, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Ecumenics from Trinity College, Dublin. He teaches at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. He is the author of many articles: his wide-ranging interests include Christian–Muslim relations, Orthodox spirituality, patristics and the role of architecture in creating liturgical space.

● Dr Martin Maguire is senior lecturer and director of the BA Humanities in Dundalk Institute of Technology. His research interests include the history of state, the history of religions and social class, and cultural aspects of Irish Protestantism. Among his publications are The civil service and the revolution in Ireland, 1912-38 (Manchester, 2008), as well as several articles on Protestant Ireland.


You can register online at http://churchofirelandhist.org/membership/ If you wish to become a member the annual subscription was fixed last year at €40 (or £35). This includes admission to our bi-annual conferences, lunch, book discounts, and exclusive access to the Society’s podcasts. Non-members are most welcome. They are asked to subscribe €10 (or £7) at the door to assist with conference expenses (lunch not included).

Queries may be either addressed to the honorary secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, by email at: secretary.coihs@gmail.com or visit the society’s website: http://churchofirelandhist.org/

The Church of Ireland Historical Society meets twice a year: in the Public Library, Armagh, in April, and in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in November. It exists to promote scholarly interest in the history of the Church, and to facilitate publication.

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