New publication The Church of Ireland - An Illustrated History to be launched in Belfast and Dublin, 3rd & 5th December


A superbly produced, colourful and comprehensive new book entitled The Church of Ireland - An Illustrated History published by Booklink is to be launched in both Belfast and Dublin. The Belfast event will take place at St Anne's Cathedral on Tuesday 3rd December at 6.30pm, launched by The Most Revd 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). The Dublin event will be launched by The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, and Archbishop Richard Clarke, on Thursday 5th December at Church House, Rathmines, Dublin 6 at 7.00pm.

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, says: 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.'

You are invited to send a reporter and photographer to either launch. Contact details for the publisher are: Dr Claude Costecalde:, T: +44 (0) 7403781529

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