Launch of The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History

Tuesday November 26th 2013

Book cover.A comprehensive new book entitled The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History published by Booklink is to be launched in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on Tuesday December 3.

This full colour hardback publication, which runs to 400 pages, will be launched by The Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and the guest speaker will be Professor Brian Walker (who was a consultant editor of the new book).

A second launch will take place in Church House, Rathmines, Dublin 6 on Thursday December 5 at 7pm by The Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, and Archbishop Richard Clarke.

The new 400–page book is produced in hardback and full–colour. The Archbishop of Armagh and Archbishop of Dublin state in their foreword to it: “This volume comprises the work of over sixty historians, editors and photographers from all over Ireland with a diverse range of interests and approaches.

“Each tells the story of the Church in his or her own way and the variety of this material reflects the diversity within the Church of Ireland itself … This book achieves the remarkable task of covering every parish or union/group of parishes, with illustrations of over two thirds of all the churches.”

Speaking ahead of the launch, Booklink Publisher (and co–consultant editor), Dr Claude Costecalde, said: “Informed and inspired by the past, the Church of Ireland looks forward with confidence and eager expectation to the future. This illustrated book presents its rich heritage and history in an attractive contemporary style that will appeal to every generation.

“It reveals at the same time the modern presence of the Church in every diocese. The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History is a record of the past with an invitation to reflect on the life of the Church in the twenty–first century.”

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