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Science and Spirituality: a talk by Linda Hoy

Prior to the business of Dublin Monthly Meeting at Monkstown Meeting House on 17th October Linda, a Quaker at Sheffield Meeting, will be speaking at 7.15 for 30 minutes on Science and spirituality.

What happens when we die? Does life have a purpose? Does God exist? Linda’s book The Effect explores time-travel, parallel worlds and life-after-death to show how cutting-edge science validates what mystics and spiritual leaders have been telling us for centuries.

Linda will be in Dublin because she has been invited by the Science & Medical Network to speak at their week-end event (18-21 October) at An Grianan, Co Louth.


Find out about Quakers in Ireland at the Irish Film Institute

Quakers on Eustace Street is the title of a presentation to be given at 3.0 pm on Wednesday 5th September in conjunction with the celebration by the Irish Film Institute of the first twenty years of their presence in part of the Meeting House.  The Quakers have been on the site since 1692 and continue to hold Meetings for Worship next door to the IFI every Thursday and Sunday.  Join us for a great session on Quaker faith and old Dublin.

The Friendly Word July-August 2012

New issue of Ireland’s bi-monthly Quaker magazine
Copies obtainable from Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16

Epistle – Ireland Yearly Meeting 2012
Yearly Meeting 2012 Report – Julianna Minihan
Reflections on Forgiveness – Ian S. Woods
Unsinkable? Unthinkable? – An Allegory – Ross Chapman
Is there a Quaker Psychology? – Chris Holiman
Launch of new Book of Christian Experience
EcoQuakers IrelandMike Haslam, Lucille Redmond
Sixth World Conference of Friends – Epistle
Youth Coordinator’s Report for Yearly Meeting 2012 – Carolyn McMullan
Quaker Week
Eco-CongregationIreland – Inaugural Congress

Eco-Congregation Ireland conference – September 14 & 15

Eco-Congregation Ireland is holding its inaugural conference in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre, near Newry, on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th September 2012.  Friends throughout Ireland are warmly encouraged to attend. 

 Tony Weekes of South Belfast Meeting will lead a workshop on Finance for a Fair Future.  Gillian Armstrong and Fiona Murdoch of Rathfarnham Meeting are among the organisers. Gillian is the Quaker rep on Eco-Congregation Ireland and Fiona is their Communications Officer.

 The theme will be God’s Creation – Our Responsibility? with talks and workshops on a variety of topics related to faith and the environment.

 The speakers will include Alastair McIntosh, the Scottish Quaker academic and author of Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality.  Others will be Prof Stephen Williams of UnionTheologicalCollege, Belfast  and, from England, Prof David Horrell, Dr Anne Primavesi and Rev Peter Owen-Jones.  Peter, an Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter will be making a presentation and leading a workshop. His BBC documentaries have included Around the World in 80 Faiths and How to Live a Simple Life.

 Workshop topics will include God’s creation and poetry, Celtic spirituality, Ecology and the economy, Climate change, How to become an eco-congregation and Helping children and young people nurture respect for the earth.

 Participants are welcome to attend all, or part, of the conference. See for further details and to download a booking form. Look out for booking forms in your Meeting too!

Temple Hill Burial Ground appeal

Since 1860, Dublin Quakers have been laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery that lies between Blackrock and Monkstown.  Under the shade of ancient trees, the burial places are marked by uniform simple headstones, giving brief details of the life of the deceased.  A great effort goes into maintenance of the grounds so that mourners at the funerals and casual visitors alike can share the sense of peace and tranquility.  From time to time funding is a problem and an appeal was launched in the spring of 2012.  Contributions can be sent to The Office, Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16.

The property situated between the villages of Blackrock and Monkstown, was purchased by Dublin Monthly Meeting from the owner Robert Gray in 1859.  A Minute of Sixth Month 1859 reads:  Report is made on behalf of the trustees appointed in 12th month last that the purchase of ground prepared for the new Burial Ground has been effected, and the sum of £1,000 has been paid for same…..

The Burial Ground was opened on the 6th day of Third Month 1860.  The first person to be interred was Hannah Chapman of 3 William Terrace Booterstown who had died on 3rd March 1860.  Sixty-three years later, in January 1923, Monthly Meeting was informed that there had been 959 interments, the Register was full and a new one provided.

Burials of Dublin Quakers had taken place in Cork Street since 1698 but that was rather a long way from the new Meeting House in Monkstown and a proposal was made in 1834 to open a new burial ground on the Friends’ property there.  This scheme was abandoned the following year and no further steps were taken until 1849 when a committee of thirty Friends was set up to find a suitable piece of land.  Four years later they reached an agreement to purchase a plot near Donnybrook – but this fell through at a very late stage.  It took five more years to conclude the search, with the acquisition of the plot between Blackrock and Monkstown.

At the end of 1858 plans were drawn up for the layout of the enclosure of the cemetery and a decision was taken to build a cottage for a caretaker.  In June the following year the need for a small meeting house was noted.  In the same month Friends agreed on the naming of the place as ‘Temple Hill Burial Ground’ and set a fund-raising scheme in motion.  By the end of 1861 the caretaker was in residence and, early in the following year, the meeting house had been built by Gustavus Hudson at a cost of £174 – 15 shillings.  Friends subscribed a total of £1,597 and the greater part of the balance was transferred from ‘Apprenticing funds’.

After the initial problems in finding a suitable piece of land, the matter seems to have proceeded smoothly and the greater part of the Monthly Meeting Minutes comprise annual reports which give details of the numbers of burials, the state of the finances and the appointment of committee members.  From time to time increasing costs led to agreement on increases in the fees.  Troubles were few – an exception was recorded in First Month 1925:

Some trouble has been experienced when opening graves by the finding of large masses of rock near the surface.  These have to be removed before the grave can be dug to a proper depth.  Before the war this was done by blasting, but now it has to be done by boring and splitting which takes more time.  In one case a second grave was opened and in another the funeral had to be postponed for a day.

The state of the caretaker’s cottage deteriorated over the years and a decision to rebuild rather than repair was taken in the 1930s.  The meeting house was enlarged by the addition of the porch in the 1920s.  Records over generations have seen frequent references to the devoted work of the care-takers and individual committee members who have kept Temple Hill in its state of beauty and tranquility.  The 21st century has seen a renewal of effort and continued improvements.

Christopher Moriarty
Friends Historical Library
June 2012


Lecture on Liam Glynn

Leslie Matson will present the annual lecture of the Irish Quaker Historical Committee. The lecture will be given at Quaker House Dublin on Thursday 14th June at 8.0 p.m. From 7.30 a display of relevant material from the Archives will be open. After the lecture light refreshments will be provided.

Liam Glynn will have been known to many Friends throughout Ireland, and in particular in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Waterford, where he lived at various times during his career as a teacher. He was a scholar of the Irish language amongst many other achievements. Leslie Matson joined the staff at NewtownSchool while Liam Glynn was headmaster and knew him over many years. He has studied Liam Glynn’s life and has published an article on the subject in Decies.


Book Launch Quaker House Dublin – 20th October 2011

Bill Jackson book flyer

The Friends Historical Library, together with the publishers, the Ulster Historical Foundation, are very happy to invite you and your guests to the launch in Ireland of Them Wild Woods – The Greeves, O’Brien and Sinton Letters – The Transatlantic Letters of an Irish Quaker Family 1818-1877, edited by Bill Jackson.

The launch will be held at the Library, Quaker House, at 7.30 for 8 p.m. on Thursday 20th October.

Quakers – Ireland Yearly Meeting 2012

The next Ireland Yearly Meeting will be held from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April 2012.  The venue for the first time ever will be Quaker House Dublin returning, after a lapse of may years, to the tradition of using our head office premises for the event when the meeting is in Dublin.  Quaker House is located in the outer suburbs, on the edge of the Dublin Mountains, with a beautiful setting and a prospect which extends from the city to the Mountains of Mourne.  It is easily accessible from the M50 motorway and by a regular bus service from the city centre.

Ireland Yearly Meeting in 2013 will take place in or near Cork City in the summer on dates to be arranged.