Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

150 Virtual Tour

Welcome to Bishop Michael Burrows’ 150 Disestablishment Virtual Tour of the diocese – and back through history.

On 15 non-consecutive days between today, November 12th and Saturday, December 12th Bishop Burrows will provide short reflections on a topic related to one year in each of the past 150 since Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland in 1870.

All funds raised will go to Bishops’ Appeal literacy projects in the developing world in association with Mothers’ Union and Feed the Minds.

“Although my peregrination plans are now largely virtual, they can, perhaps, in some way warm our hearts as we prepare for a rather strange Christmas,” Bishop Burrows says.                                                                             “This ‘virtual’ road run also makes a measure of historical sense as the years between 1870 and 2020 are now bookended by two crises which shook the Church of Ireland and the society in which it is set …Disestablishment and Covid-19. Both tested the resourcefulness of the church; both involved great faith and generosity to allow the church to travel safely through a human, pastoral and economic crisis.”

The audio talks will be available here on the diocesan website cashel.anglican.org and will be buffered immediately to our Facebook page at the time originally scheduled for his arrival at each particular church, providing a cumulative chronicle of his tour.

The timetable for the day will be posted each morning of the tour

He begins in Kilkenny and this week will ‘travel’ through  Castlecomer, Clonenagh and Rathdowney Unions/Groups of parishes, covering the period from 1870 to 1887.

Please donate, if you are in a position to, via the donate button on this page. Cheques made payable to Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal sent to the Diocesan Secretary, Diocesan Office, Palace Coach House, Church Lane, Kilkenny would be most welcome also.

12th November

Canice’s Kilkenny – 1870 – The time between the times
St John’s Kilkenny – 1871 – The new era begins
Freshford – 1872 – Outings by horse tram
The Colliery church – 1873 – Disestablishment and TCD
Castlecomer – 1874 – The IRFU is formed
Bilboa – 1875 – Charles Stewart Parnell elected to parliament
Mothel – 1876 – The General Synod and temperance

14th November

Aghaboe – 1877 – Gladstone visits Ireland
Borris-in-Ossory – 1878 – Death of Cardinal Cullen
Seir Kieran – 1879 – Famine in the West and the Irish Church Missions
Annatrim – 1880 – Boycotting
Lacca – 1881 – A census year
Clonenagh – 1882 – Trollope and the Post Office
Roskelton – 1883 – Our first electric railway
Rathdowney – 1884 – The first women graduates
Rathsaran – 1885 – Tenant Purchase Ashbourne Act
Castlefleming – 1886 – First Home Rule Bill
Donaghmore – 1887 – ‘Shoot to kill’ policy by the RIC

20th November

Clonbeg – 1888 – Belfast becomes a city
Cashel – 1889 – The political fall of Parnell
Magorban – 1890 – a census in the USA
Fethard – 1891 – The death of Parnell
Clonmel – 1892 – Emergence of Douglas Hyde
Tullameelan – 1893 – Emergence of WB Yeats
Marlfield – 1894 – Spanish Protestants and the Church of Ireland
Cahir – 1895 – Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol
Tipperary – 1896 – Maynooth starts to award degrees
 Dundrum – 1897 – The first Feis Ceoil

21st November

Thurles – 1898 – The Local Government Ireland Act
Templemore – 1899 – The Adventures of an Irish R.M
Kilfithmone – 1900 – History introduced to the National School syllabus
Johnstown – 1901 – Death of Queen Victoria
Littleton – 1902 – End of the Boer War
Kilcooley – 1903 – St Patrick’s Day becomes a bank holiday
Crohane – 1904 – Opening of Colaiste na Mumhan
Ballintubbert – 1905 – Modern ecumenism begins
Luggacurran – 1906 – The Irish railway network is completed
Timogue – 1907 – Ne Temere
Stradbally – 1908 – Local Authority Housing Schemes introduced
Curraclone – 1909 – The birth of modern tourism in Ireland