As I drive around Ireland, both north and south, I am struck by the number of victorian and earlier Church of Ireland churches there still are. They add so much to the architectural landscape, albeit that many are beginning to show the ravages of time and lack of money. The memorials on their walls oft give a fascinating insight into a world where elder sons of the local gentry joined the army and younger sons entered the Church.
When on the 1st day of January 1871 the Irish Church Act of 1869 came into force and disestablished the Church of Ireland all of the Church's property vested in the Commissioners of Church Temporalities in Ireland. Subsequently on Friday 21st day of February 1871 the Commissioners vested the churches and their sites in the Representative Church Body. This remains the case. The schedule to this vesting order lists a total of 1,628 Churches. The Diocese of Armagh had the greatest number (110) with the Diocese of Kilmacduagh coming in last with 5.
It would I think be interesting to visit all the sites and see just how many have survived the intervening one hundred and forty one years with their population movements and increasing secularity.
Province of Armagh
Dromore and Exempt Jurisdiction of
Newry and Mourne 35
Province of DublinDublin 78
Ardfert and Aghadoe 47