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Commemorating the Centenary: 100 years of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise.

Sir Roger Casement and the Lord Chief Justice sent their apologies and the Bishop of Tuam became President.

  On 29 April 2014,  100 years to the day w2014-03-25_13.16.42.pnghen Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise held its inaugural meeting in St. Ann’s Parish  Hall, Dawson Street, Dublin, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist in St. Ann’s Church at 6.00pm, followed by refreshments and a talk on the Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland in the Parish Hall.Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will also be launching its commemorative programme of events to mark this significant milestone in the history of the Church of Ireland.

The Right Reverend Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory and Patron of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will celebrate Holy Communion, using the parallel text service book, An Chomaoineach Naofa agus Seirbhísí de chuid Eaglais na hÉireann, in St. Ann’s at 6.00pm.  He will be assisted by Canon David Gillespie of St. Ann’s Church. 

Bishop Michael Burrows, commenting on the centenary, said;

amid all the many centenaries being commemorated in the church of Ireland in this and coming years the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise must not be overlooked. Its ideals remain as important as ever they were and in today's Ireland where there is so much stress on inclusivity and cultural richness they offer fresh opportunities to enrich our shared spiritual journey. '


According to the earliest Minute book of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, which is kept in the RCB Library, the Inaugural Meeting

of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise was held in St. Ann’s Parish Hall on 29 April 2014, with the kind permission of Canon Day and there was a good attendance.  The Bishop of Tuam was elected President, and the Bishop of Limerick, the Bishop of Cork, the Lord Chief Justice and the Dean of St. Patrick’s were all elected as Vice Presidents.

An Executive Committee was also elected comprised of;  Rev Canon Day,  Mr. Dix,  Mrs. Dix,  Ms. Dobbs,  Mr. James Duncan, Mr. George Irvine, Rev Prof. Murphy,  Rev James Ó Connor,  Mr. G. A. Ruth, Ms. Isabella Tuckey, Rev W.E. Vendeleur, and Ms. Una Young. There were many apologies including one from Sir Roger Casement.

Two earlier meetings in January and February had agreed upon the name of the organisation as Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, with the explanatory sub-title “for promoting Irish ideals in the National Church”, and the four main aims of the organisation were set out as:

1.      To promote all that tends to preserve within the Church of Ireland the spirit of the ancient Celtic Church and to provide a bond of union for all members of the Church of Ireland inspired with Irish ideals,

2.       To promote the use of the Irish language in the public Services of the Church in Irish speaking districts and in other areas where the Language may be authorized.

3.      To collect from Irish sources suitable hymns and other devotional literature,

4.      To encourage the use of Irish art and  Irish music in the Church, and whatever goes to enrich its national character.

The Programme of Events to commemorate the centenary of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise include,  an outdoor service in Milltown Cemetery, Co. Kerry, at the graveside of Mr. and Mrs. Ruth, on 3 May 2014 at 5.00pm,  and the launch of a biography of the former Archbishop of Dublin, the Right Reverend Dr. Donald Caird on 26 July in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.  A special event is also being organised in Áras an Uachtaráin.

Further details of these and other events will be available on and



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Upcoming Events

Ardteampall Naomh Fin Barre, Corcaigh

1916 Comóradh Choral Eucharist with Cór Chúil Aodha. Preacher: Archdeacon Gary Hastings

Féile Pan Cheilteach - Ceatharlach

Celebration of the Eucharist in St. Mary's Church, Carlow

Altú Buíochais an Fhómhair, Naomh Seoirse, Béal Feirste

Beidh seirbhís i dTeampall Naomh Seoirse ag 5.00pm. Beidh an tUrr Dáithí Ó Domhaill i mbun seirbhíse.

An Chomaoineach Naofa, Ardteampall Naomh Fionnbarra, Corcaigh

An Comórtas Náisiúnta Treabhdóireachta

Visit us at the Championships on Wednesday

Cill Chainnigh (Naomh Canice's) - Seoladh

Ardteampall Chríost, BÁC - Urnaí na Nóna Chórúil

Ardteampall Chríost, BÁC - An tSeirbhís Idirchreidmheach

St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

Ceiliúradh an Eocairist ag 11.00 Cór Chúil Aodha ag canadh ann. Taispeántas Chumann Gaelach na hEaglaise

St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

An Chomaoineach Naofa agus Cór Chúil Aodha ag canadh ann.

St Georges Church

Servicve at 3pm

Launch - biography of the Rt Rev Donald Caird

Columba Press, Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Christ Church Cathedral 5.00 service 6.00 book launch and exhibition

Cruinniú Cinn Bhliana, Ardteampall Chríost, BÁC

The AGM of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise will be in Christ Church Cathedral on 7 June at 2.00pm, followed by a service to celebrate the Feast of St. Colmcille.

Teampall Naomh Seoirse, Béal Feirste

St George's Church Belfast Service in Irish at 3.00pm

St. James's Church, Dingle Service and Pilgrimage Walk

Service at 11.00 in St. James's Church Dingle as part of Féile na Bealtaine Pilgrimage Walk starts at 2.30 from Ventry Post Office.

Graveside commemoration service, Milltown Co. Kerry at 5.00

Service at the grave of Mr and Mrs Ruth, founding members of Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise

Dawson Street, Dublin, St. Ann's Church

Ardteampall Chríost

Seirbhís dhátheangach ag 3.30 Bilingual Service at 3.30

Seirbhísí ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Irish Classes St. George's Belfast

Evening Prayer, St. George's Church

Irish Classes St. George's Belfast

A ten-week Irish Class is running in St. George's Church. It started on 15 January 2014 and the classes are on Wednesday evenings, 6.00-7.00pm.

St. George's Church Belfast, Irish Service

Naomh Seoirse, Béal Feirste, Urnaí na Nóna, ag 3.00pm ar 2 Feabhra

Naomh Seoirse, Seirbhís na Nóna, Béal Feirste

There is an Irish service on the first Sunday of every month at 3.00pm in St. George's Church, Belfast.

Seirbhís Idirchreidmheach

Interdenominational Service, Ardteampall Chríost, Baile Átha Cliath

Interdenominational Church Service, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8

Seirbhís Idirchreidmheach in Ardteampall Chríost, Baile Átha Cliath

Seirbhís Charúl, Naomh Seoirse

Seirbhís Charúil i Naomh Seoirse, Béal Feirste ag 5.00pm 2013

Seirbhís Charúil, Naomh Seoirse, Béal Feirste

Carol Service, St. George's Belfast at 5.00pm on 15 December

Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin

Bilingual Evensong at 3.30pm

Reflective Service during the Oireachtas