Wednesday 6 June 2018

Church of Ireland Gazette: more free editions go online
Another decade’s worth of editions of the weekly newspaper The Church of Ireland Gazette, from 1924 to 1933, has just been digitized and uploaded online by the Representative Church Body (RCB) Library, where they may be consulted as a freely-searchable resource.

This means that all editions for the 77-year period between March 1856 (when the paper first appeared) and the end of December 1933 are shared for all. You can search them at

The RCB Library holds the only complete hard-copy run of this newspaper, which has been published weekly since 1856 and available as an e-newspaper since 2005. The latest update means the Library is now half-way to complete its digitisation project to make the Gazette a completely searchable resource.

St Mark’s, Ettagh, Co Offaly, in 1912
For its June Archive of the Month slot, the Library has again teamed up with the historian Dr Miriam Moffitt who demonstrates the incredible detail to be uncovered in the pages of the Gazette, and its value for historical research, in a story about the miraculous escape of the congregation in St Mark’s church, Ettagh, County Offaly, when their church was struck by lightning during the Morning Service on Sunday, 21 June 1912. Click the link above to find out more.

The current Church of Ireland Gazette and all editions from 2005 may be viewed via an online subscription on the Gazette website, see: