Church Review Notes March 2018

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner (Editor) Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067
Organist: Derek Moylan

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays)
11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School, in term time) St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue.
(Family Service and Church Coffee, usually Second Sundays)

While works continue in St Audoen’s Park the only access to the Church will be through the OPW Visitor Centre gate on the High Street.

In memoriam
Victor Henry Brooke Dowse 15 November 1939 ~ 27 November 2017 was not as well-known as his brother Peter but they both had memorial services in St Audoen’s, where a memorial was erected in memory of Canon Dowse and his wife Margery. Friends from England, Scotland and Ireland, Sedbergh School Cumbria where he taught for many years, and Donegal, to which he retired, gathered in celebration of his life. His friend David Gibson paid tribute to his memory with affection and good humour, and he writes: ‘I do want to thank you very much for your all your efforts and expertise and enthusiasm in arranging and participating in such a wonderful day remembering Brooke and all his values and contribution to this world we live in. I really appreciate what you did, it was very meaningful and rewarding to myself and Dianne, my two offspring who thought the world of Brooke, and indeed all his family and friends who came up and spoke to me afterwards. The Sedbergh contingent were very impressed. You have a beautiful Church and a perfect setting, particularly with the plaque remembering Dick and Marjorie, who were big time favourites and inspirational to us. Please pass on our thanks to the Organist and Bell Ringers. They all helped make the day special. I do hope you are mending and getting positive results from the hospital, and your Mother is doing ok. Best wishes, David Gibson.’

In acknowledgement
Many thanks to those who gave prayerful support and kind good wishes to the family and friends of Margaret Isabel Gardner, neé McWhirter, 19 October 1927 ~ 5 February 2018. Many letters, cards, calls and messages in electronic format have been received and have been much appreciated. All Saints Grangegorman was thronged for the service, a fine tribute to a ninety-year old person who led quite a private life. As long as she was able, my Mother took a major part in the care of the Altar linen, the changing of the colours, the flowers, polishing and decorating, a stall at the Christmas Sale and the Summer Fete. Married in 1953, she came to live in the home which the family has had since 1916. My late Father, 24 June 1920 ~ 15 January 2012, never moved house in his long life.

I recently wrote to Oxfam, a charity which dates back to famine relief undertaken by some Oxford colleges in 1942. They campaigned for food supplies to be sent to the starving in Greece during the Second World War. ‘Oxfam Ireland is my favourite local charity. I frequently donate to the shop in Francis Street, Dublin 8. I do hope what has happened abroad will not diminish the work done here. All good wishes, Mark.’ They kindly wrote back ‘Dear Mark, thank you so much for your support and your lovely words – your solidarity is so very appreciated at this difficult time. Francis Street and Oxfam is lucky to have as committed supporter as you. Thanks again for your ongoing support, Mark. If at any point you’d like to discuss this further, please let me know and we can give you a call to discuss, at a time that suits you. With best wishes, Clíona Martyn, Oxfam Ireland.

The Public Record Office
A project is under way to digitally recreate the building and contents of the Public Record Office of Ireland, which were destroyed by an explosion and fire at Dublin’s Four Courts on 30 June 1922 during the Civil War. Seven centuries of Ireland’s historical and genealogical records were lost, seemingly forever. However, thanks to new technology, historical research and careful archival practise, Trinity College Dublin says these losses “are not irrecoverable”. The “Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury” project will see the creation of a virtual reality reconstruction of the Public Record Office. The university said: “[This] will allow the public to walk through the building and explore surviving records and substitute copies located in archives and libraries around the world.” TCD believes the project has the potential to transform how people understand Ireland’s past. “By reconstructing these records, which collectively comprise millions of historical and genealogical facts, we have the potential to transform the evidence base on which Irish history is written,” said Dr Peter Crooks, Principal Investigator of the project and Assistant Professor, School of Histories and Humanities. “Because the archival collections date from such an early period of history, the reconstruction effort will allow anyone with an interest in researching their families or localities to engage in deep history, reaching back almost half a millennium earlier than most readily available genealogical resources.” Dr Séamus Lawless, Assistant Professor, ADAPT Centre and School of Computer Science, commented on the scientific and technological challenge posed by the project. The project, funded by the Irish Research Council, is in collaboration with Trinity’s four archival partners: The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives (UK), The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and The Irish Manuscripts Commission. “The collaboration between Trinity and its archival partners is a symbolic moment. It represents imaginative cooperation in order to realise a shared ambition of recreating virtually the holdings of the Public Record Office of Ireland by the year 2022,” said John McDonough, Director of the National Archives. The completed project will be made available on the centenary of the Four Courts fire in 2022, website