Methodist History http://methodisthistoryireland.org Irish Methodist History Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:43:32 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Lucky Ducks http://methodisthistoryireland.org/lucky-ducks/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:54:29 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=1725

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

The Park Superintendent at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin from at least 1889 was the Methodist John Kearney. He kept the park well stocked with waterfowl and, for the most part, his probably seemed an idyllic career. However, during the traumatic days following the 1916 Rising in Dublin, it was a different matter as the Green was frequently caught in cross-fire between the British forces ensconced in the Shelbourne Hotel and the rebels who had headquartered in the College of Surgeons.

Despite the dangers involved James Kearney risked his life, as twice a day he entered the Green to feed the waterfowl. Strange to say, every time he did this the opposing sides in the conflict would cease firing to allow him to do so.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which was founded in 1840, awarded Mr Kearney a parchment certificate for bravely feeding the waterfowl while risking his life for his feathered friends.

 

]]>
Index of Methodist ministers who have served in Ireland http://methodisthistoryireland.org/index-of-methodist-ministers-who-have-served-in-ireland/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:01:30 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=1719

Methodist theological students at Edgehill College, Belfast (1935)

A complete index to all those who have served in any branch of Methodism in Ireland, for however long or short a period, from 1747 to the present, is now available through the History Online/Ministers tab.

The first Wesleyan Methodist itinerant preachers arrived in Ireland in the late 1740s and all known itinerants/ministers since then, as recorded in the various Minutes of Conference have been listed. The branches of Methodism included are: Wesleyan, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Wesleyan, (English) Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

There are approximately 2,300 names on the index, giving the year of entry and (if the the minister left or emigrated) their departure. For those who have died their years of birth and death, where know, are also listed.

]]>
2016 (No. 2) Issue of MHSI Bulletin http://methodisthistoryireland.org/2016-no-2-issue-of-mhsi-bulletin/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:55:08 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=1454 Read all about: Charles Wesley in Ireland (1747–1748): A Reconstruction from Primary Sources by Professor Kenneth G.G. Newport; United Methodism, Ecumenism and Ecclesiology by Professor William J. Abraham; Irish Methodist Lay Officers Who’s Who – a list of 100 Irish Methodist laymen and women from 1933; Geoffrey Cather, Irish related recipient of VC (1916); John H. Stewart, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone born Methodist Vice-President of the GAA; Hardwicke Street Methodist Teacher Training College, Dublin; Book ReviewSandy Calder, The Origins of Primitive Methodism by D. Colin Dews

View of Hardwicke Street, Dublin, from North Frederick Street end. Former Methodist Hardwicke Chapel and Normal School (light coloured building) on left-hand side. Image Courtesy National Gallery of Ireland.

View of Hardwicke Street, Dublin, from North Frederick Street end. Former Methodist Hardwicke Chapel and Normal School (light coloured building) on left-hand side. Image Courtesy National Gallery of Ireland.

]]>
2016 (No. 1) Issue of MHSI Bulletin http://methodisthistoryireland.org/2014-issue-of-mhsi-bulletin/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:24:03 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=127 Read about ‘The Place of Methodism in the History of Christianity’ by Prof. William J. Abraham; ‘Methody James’ Hunter of Doagh, Co. Antrim by Maureen Conley; the Diaries of Rachel Wood Wolfe of Skibbereen, edited by Jasper Ungoed-Thomas and the role played by Rev. Dr Alexander McCrea in shaping Irish Methodism’s understanding of World Mission and people of other faiths as outlined by Dr Norman W. Taggart, in the most recent issue of the MHSI Bulletin.

]]>
The Cabbage Garden burial ground in Dublin http://methodisthistoryireland.org/the-cabbage-garden-burial-ground-in-dublin/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:22:43 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=124 Explore the register of Methodist preachers (several of whom were buried in the Cabbage Garden) from earliest times to the present.

 

]]>
Almost 200 Years of Irish Methodist Periodicals http://methodisthistoryireland.org/almost-200-years-of-irish-methodist-periodicals/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:21:41 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=121 Discover the unrivalled wealth of early Irish Methodist printed pamphlets and Wesley works and controversial pamphlets.

]]>
Newtownards Road Methodist Church after the Belfast ‘Blitz’ of Easter Tuesday 1941 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/newtownards-road-methodist-church-during-the-belfast-blitz/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:20:39 +0000 http://methodisthistoryireland.org/?p=118 Using the online catalogue to list the holdings of original manuscript records of Church histories and marriage and baptismal records.

]]>