The Church of Ireland

Geographical Area: 70,270 Sq Km

Population: 3,800,000


Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan
The Most Revd John McDowell


Tracing its origins to Saint Patrick and his companions in the fifth century, the Irish Church has been marked by strong missionary efforts. In 1537, the English king was declared head of the Church, but most Irish Christians maintained loyalty to Rome. The Irish Church Act of 1869 provided that the statutory union between the Churches of England and Ireland be dissolved and that the Church of Ireland should cease to be established by law. A General Synod of the Church, established in 1871 and consisting of Archbishops, Bishops, and representatives of the clergy and laity, has legislative and administrative power.

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