Launch of ‘The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History’

Wednesday December 4th 2013

At the book launch are: Archbishop Richard Clarke, Prof Brian Walker, and Dr Claude Costecalde.A new book entitled ‘The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History’ was launched by the Archbishop of Armagh in St Anne’s Cathedral on Tuesday December 3.

The guest speaker at the event was Professor Brian Walker of Queen’s University, Belfast, who was a consultant editor of the book which is published by Booklink.

The Archbishop, the Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke, commended and congratulated all who had contributed to the beautiful and comprehensive multi–authored new publication, while Professor Walker described some of the very many fascinating Church of Ireland figures from the past such as Swift and Berkeley to more recent times such as CS Lewis and Bishop MacNeice.

He also paid tribute to the publisher Dr Claude Costecalde and the designer, Wendy Dunbar, who have created ‘a superbly produced, colourful and comprehensive’ volume.

The 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.”

Dr 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.’

‘The Church of Ireland – An Illustrated History’ can be purchased from The Good Book Shop, Donegall Street, Belfast, price £30.00.
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