Celebrating 200th anniversary of church

AN afternoon of celebration to mark the bicentennial of one of Tarbert's most historic and prominent buildings will take place in the north Kerry village this Sunday, August 17.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of St Brendan's Church, Kilnaughtin, an ecumenical service of thanksgiving will take place at the church by the Reverend Dr Keith Scott at 3pm. The combined choirs of St Brendan's and St Mary's churches will sing the Festal Evensong, after which Dr Declan M Downey, RAH, (University College Dublin) will give an address on the history of the church and its community.

After the service, a fascinating new book entitled 'St Brendan's Church of Ireland, Tarbert, 1814-2014 - Two Hundred Years of Change', will be launched by Professor John Coolahan, OECD & Emeritus Professor of Education at NUI Maynooth. Published by The Tarbert Historical Society, the book is a unique and well-researched historical record of the Anglican community in Tarbert and provides a valuable resource for genealogy for Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist families in North Kerry-West Limerick and the rest of Munster.

The book contains baptismal records from 1787 to 1916 and details from the local Church of Ireland school as well as memoirs of the local community, while contributions by Margaret Fitzell, Patrick Lynch, Mary O'Connor, Pádraig Ó Concubhair, Declan M Downey, the late Otto Parkinson and a poem by Mary Lavery-Carrig enrich the book's historical record.

The book, which will be available to buy at the launch and afterwards at Tarbert Bridewell Visitor Centre, is illustrated with images from the collections of the Fitzell, Musgrave, O'Donnell and Parkinson families, as well as photography of the church and its artifacts by Kevin Langan.

After the launch, locals and visitors alike are invited to a reception at Tarbert Community Centre.


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