Christ Church: Silver Exhibition

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Mon Dec 10 22:41:40 GMT 2007

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A new exhibition of silver from the Dublin city parishes,
supported by the Heritage Council, has been installed in
the Treasury in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
The exhibits of altar plate include chalices and flagons for
communion wine and patens for consecrated bread, as well
as less common alms dishes to hold the collection, knives
to cut the bread, spoons to strain impurities from the wine
and corkscrews to open the wine bottles.

The exhibits include work by some of the leading Dublin
goldsmiths such as Sir Abel Ram, lord mayor in 1684, Thomas
Bolton, one of the most celebrated and productive silversmiths
of the Stuart period and David Rummieu whose early 18th-century
knife for St Michael’s church is believed to be the oldest Irish
silver-handled knife. A corkscrew from St Bride’s church was the
gift of the curate, the Revd James King, son of the famous Dublin
goldsmith, David King, while an alms dish from St Thomas’ church
was, according to the inscription, purchased out of the savings
and good management of the churchwarden, Lewis Laurent – not
surprisingly he was prevailed upon to remain in office for another
five years!

The pieces in this exhibition date from the 17th century onwards.
Some are purely functional while others are considerable works
of art. Together they reflect the dynamic interaction of the liturgical
life of the Church of Ireland and the vibrant cultural life of the city
of Dublin and, in particular, the Company of Goldsmiths, the only
Dublin trade guild to survive from medieval times to the present day.

Christ Church is open to visitors from 09.45 to 17.00 during
the winter months, but closed on 26 and 27 December.

For further details see the cathedral website online at:


Tuesday 11 December 2007 - Charity Carol Service (13.10)
Sung by the cathedral girls' choir in aid of the Alzheimer Society

Wednesday 12 December 2007 - Christmas Carol Concert (20.00)
Cathedral choirs annual Christmas concert. Directed by Judy Martin

Friday 14 December 2007 - 3Rock Essential 2007 (19.30)
'Where nostalgia becomes reality' Christmas with 3Rock Youth

Saturday 15 December 2007 - Lunchtime Recital (13.15)
Sung by Aisling Kenny, a soprano lay vicar choral in the cathedral choir

Saturday 15 December 2007 - Eimear Quinn Concert (20.00)
Part of Eimear Quinn's tour of Irish cathedrals entitled 'O Holy Night'.

Sunday 16 December 2007 - Carol Service (15.30)
Christmas carol service sung by the combined cathedral choirs

Monday 17 December 2007 - Diocesan Nine Lessons and Carols (20.00)
Traditional diocesan service of 9 lessons & carols sung by cathedral choirs.

Wednesday 19 December 2007 - Evening Recital (19.00)
Baritone, Paul Thomas, a lay vicar choral in the cathedral choir,
accompanied by Tristan Russcher, the assistant director of music at the
cathedral will perform Schubert's 'Winterreise' (Winter Journey) at 7.00pm.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2007 - 'Midnight' Eucharist (23.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir. Setting Charpentier 'Messe de minuit'

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2007 - Festal Eucharist (11.00)
Sung by the cathedral choir. Preacher: Archbishop John Neill of Dublin.
Setting is Peeters 'Missa Laudis' and Mouton 'Nesciens Mater'.

All are most welcome to attend all cathedral services and events.
Details of these can usually be found online at:

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NEW! See the Dean's Vicar's Review of December 2007:

'The Reflecting City' documents Dublin's reconstruction:

Visit Cultivate, a new cultural centre in Essex Street West,

Why not visit Dvblinia, the medieval exhibition, or their
new website available at:

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