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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

150 Virtual Tour week 1

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 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 Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny
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

Clonbeg Church

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

Timogue Church Stradbally

Stradbally – 1908 – Local Authority Housing Schemes introduced

Curraclone – 1909 – The birth of modern tourism in Ireland