Irish Archives: Hidden Pages from the 1916 Rising
Edited by Susan Hood & Elizabeth McEvoy
Special edition of Irish Archives on the 1916 Rising features a hidden Church of Ireland story by writer Julie Parson
The writer Julie Parsons spent some time at the RCB Library last year analysing little–known Church of Ireland sources – including preachers’ books, parish magazines, vestry minutes and a variety of other parish resources. She then contributed an article based on and colourfully illustrated with extracts from these sources, published last year (for the year that was in it) in a commemorative journal (Irish Archives: the journal of the Irish Society for Archives) dedicated to “Hidden Pages” of the 1916 Rising.
Given the unprecedented demand for Valerie Jones’ book Rebel Prods covered here www.ireland.anglican.org/news/6872/final–available–copies–of–rebel a new collaboration with the ISA is making available copies of the journal which includes a variety of other articles as well as Julie’s, through the online bookshop at a special price of €9+postage.
Julie Parsons comes from a family with a long line of Church of Ireland clergymen. When she decided to research the reactions of the Church of Ireland clergy to the Easter Rising and its aftermath, using preachers’ books and vestry minutes, she sought out clergymen to whom she was related. Her article, therefore, features Canon Harry Dobbs, vicar of All Saints Blackrock, who was her stepfather Peter Dobbs’ father and the Revd Hamlet McClenaghan, rector of Dunshaughlin, her great–uncle. Both gave her valuable insights into the feelings and immediate responses to the changes which were taking place in the political, social and religious life of Ireland in the early 20th century. Her new novel The Therapy House is set in contemporary Dún Laoghaire but draws on original research which Julie conducted into the people of the Mariners’ Parish, where her grandfather, Canon George Chamberlain, was rector from 1925 until 1959.
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Irish Archives is the annual publication of the Irish Society for Archives and is Ireland’s only dedicated professional journal and is co–edited by Dr Susan Hood, RCB Librarian and Archivist, and Elizabeth McEvoy, of the National Archives of Ireland.
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