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Symposium on the First World War

on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 8.00pm
in Malone Presbyterian Church
452 Lisburn Road, Belfast BY9 6GT

‘How the First World War was Commemorated
and the Effects of the War on Society’

  • Dr Paul Gray – The Effects of the War on Society
  • Mr Nigel Henderson – First World War Memorials
  • Mr Philip Orr – The Battle of the Somme
  • Dr Colin Walker – Role of the Rev Gilbert Paton, M.C., Army Chaplain, and Commemoration of the War at Malone

Everyone welcome. Refreshments provided.

Malone Presbyterian Church

The Church is located at the junction of the Lisburn Road and Balmoral Avenue.
Car park access is from the Lisburn Road.


The PHSI Blog (PHSIreland.org) content is now incorporated into the new PHSI website on its News & Events page. Followers of this “old” blog need to sign up through the new website to continue to receive notification of new blog posts.

The PHSI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PHSIreland) normally gets status updates for the items posted in the Blog.


PHSI Field Trip – Saturday 18 June 2016

to visit Churches and other Presbyterian related sites
in Newtownabbey and South Antrim

More details


This PHSI Blog (PHSIreland.org) content is now incorporated into the new PHSI website on the News & Events page.  Followers of this “old” blog need to sign up through the new website to continue to receive notification of new blog posts.

The PHSI Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PHSIreland) normally gets status updates for items posted in the Blog.


PHSI Lecture: The Very Rev Dr Jack Weir

on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 8.00pm
in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church,
447 Beersbridge Road, Belfast BT5 5DW

‘The Very Rev Dr Jack Weir’

image of Rev Dr Andrew John (Jack) Weir

The last Presbyterian Missionary to leave China,
involved in the Feakle talks to bring peace to Northern Ireland
and a former Clerk of the General Assembly of PCI.

by Rev Dr Bill Addley

Everyone welcome – Refreshments provided

Read more about The life and times of Jack Weir on the PCI website.

Visit the Bloomfield Presbyterian Churchwebsite.


PHSI Lecture – Anne Jane Carlile 1775-1864

Anne Jane Carlile 1775-1864, Temperance Pioneer

by Mr Leslie McKeague
on Thursday 24 September 2015 at 8.00 p.m.

in Rosemary Presbyterian Church, 26-36 North Circular Road, Belfast BT15 5HB

Everyone welcome             Refreshments provided

Anne Jane CarlileBorn Anne Jane Hamill at Rooskey, County Monaghan, in 1775, she married the Rev Francis Carlile, the minister of 2nd Bailieborough (Urcher) and Corraneary in 1800.

Widowed after just 11 years of marriage she was left with 7 children to bring up.  She moved first to Londonderry but later settled in Dublin where for the remainder of her days she was active in charitable and philanthropic causes.  She soon got involved in prison reform and was visiting prisons in Dublin even before the visit there of Elizabeth Fry.

However, it is her pioneering work in temperance that she is most remembered for.  She was a frequent speaker throughout Ireland, England and Scotland advocating the setting up of temperance associations and was co-founder of the Band of Hope in Leeds in 1847.

Carlile Blue PlaqueA Blue Plaque was unveiled in May 2015 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bailieborough, County Cavan, in honour of Anne Jane Carlile.

See the Events at Trinity Bailieborough web page for more details.

See the entry in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography.


Robert Allen Memorial Lecture 2015

The next lecture in the PHSI Programme is the Robert Allen Memorial Lecture –

Archibald McIlroy, successful businessman, Presbyterian elder and writer of stories of Ulster rural life in the Ulster-Scots dialogue’
– tragically drowned when the Lusitania sunk on 7 May 1915

by The Very Rev Dr Donald Patton
on Thursday 7th May 2015 at 8.00 p.m.
in Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JT.

‘Lusitania torpedoed by German Pirate. Huns carry out their threat to Murder!’ With this front page headline the Daily Mirror announced the sinking of the ocean liner by a German U-Boat off the South West coast of Ireland on May 7th, 1915. Of the 1959 passengers and crew on board, 1198 were lost, including Ulsterman, Archibald Mcilroy. Born near Ballyclare in 1859 he became a successful Belfast businessman, a member of Down County Council, and Presbyterian elder, who emigrated to Edmonton, Canada, in 1912, to do evangelistic work with the Presbyterian Church of Canada. He was well-known as a writer of stories of Ulster rural life, preserving Ulster Scots dialogue in which there is a present day revival of interest, and described as Ulster’s equivalent to J.M.Barrie and Ian McLaren of the Scottish Kailyard genre.

More about the Robert Allen Memorial Lectures

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174 Trust and the former Duncairn Presbyterian Church

On Wednesday 15 April at 2.00pm the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland is to visit the 174 Trust. We will have a tour of the former church building and the new facilities and a talk. This will be followed by a cup of tea.  We hope you will take the opportunity to find out about the work of the Trust.

174 Trust LogoThe 174 Trust is located at Duncairn Avenue in what was once Duncairn Presbyterian Church that has now been converted into Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts.   The Centre is North Belfast’s first purpose built Arts and Culture shared space venue.  Costing £3.5 million it consists of art studios, an exhibition area, a community meeting room and a 170 seater theatre/performance area, a café and conference rooms.

The 174 Trust was founded in 1982 by a group of concerned Christians including members of two local churches – Duncairn Presbyterian and Antrim Road Baptist.  It offers opportunities and assistance to people of all ages and supports community development based on building relationships with local people, working together to identify and meet local needs.

Location map – Metro 1A/B/C/D Bus Service from Upper Queen Street to New Lodge Road.

In the PHSI Library:
Duncairn Presbyterian Church, 1862-1962 – Tom A Cromey – 1987
Community History of Duncairn Presbyterian Church – Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts – 2014

174 Trust on Facebook

The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

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PHSI Field Trip 2015 – Itinerary and Programme


Field Trip to visit Presbyterian Churches in Counties Monaghan and Cavan on Saturday, 13 June 2015

   9.00 am Coach departs from Malone Presbyterian Church
 10.30 am Castleblaney Presbyterian Church, Co. Monaghan
Morning Coffee
 11.30 am Frankford (2nd Castleblayney) Presbyterian Church, Co. Monaghan
 12.45 pm Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bailiesborough, Co. Cavan
 2.15 pm 1st Bailiesborough (Corglass) Presbyterian Church, Co. Cavan
 3.15 pm Corraneary Presbyterian Church, Co. Cavan
 4.30 pm 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Co. Monaghan
 5.10 pm 1st Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Co. Monaghan
Evening Meal
6.30 pm Coach departs from Ballybay
8.00 pm Coach arrives at Malone Presbyterian Church

Cost – £30 for the ‘Wheels and Meals’ option, £16 for the ‘Meals Only’ option. Participants with special dietary requirements should advise the Society of these by Thursday 4 June 2015. For any related enquiries – please contact The Librarian, PHSI, 26 College Green, Belfast BT7 1LN, by email to phsilibrarian@pcinet.org or by telephone on 028 9072 7330.