Archbishop of Canterbury to Preach at National Service of Commemoration for 150th Anniversary of Disestablishment

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, will be the guest preacher at the National Service of Commemoration for the 150th Anniversary of the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, 23rd November 2019, at 3pm.

The service will officially launch the Church’s National Programme to mark the 150th anniversary of its Disestablishment, which was enabled by the Irish Church Act 1869.  The Church had previously been united with the Church of England since the Act of Union 1800.

Later that evening, at 6.00pm, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take part in a panel discussion entitled Second City, 300, 150, as part of the Swift Festival, along with Dr Mary McAleese and other contributors.  The panel will consider what the future holds for Ireland and Great Britain, and for Church-State relations.

More information on the National Programme is available at