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Launch of Dean Barr’s new book at Christ Church, Derriaghy

Dean Norman Barr

Dean Norman Barr

Dean Norman Barr, former Rector of Derriaghy Parish, launched his new book last Thursday evening (29th June) in the Parochial Hall, Christ Church, Derriaghy.  The present Rector, the Revd John Budd, chaired the proceedings.  Launching the book, the Rt. Revd Samuel Poyntz, former Bishop of Connor, gave a comprehensive overview of the book and in conclusion said it was “a mine of information, not only of the parish - but a story of the community”.  Stanley Bell, a parish representative, said that records of Derriaghy Parish have recently been sent to The Public Records Office (PRONI) and explained that one of the senior collators had commented - “The records of the parish are the most complete in the Diocese of Connor.”  Prior to signing copies of his new book, Dean Barr thanked Bishop Poyntz for launching the book and also thanked the Rector and the Select Vestry for hosting the event.

On display during the evening was an interesting exhibition designed by parishioners Stanley and Winifred Bell showing photographs and posters of events in the parish dating back to 1893. 

The new A4 size publication containing over 100 photographs and illustrations is a revised, added to and updated version of Mr Barr’s first book of the same title ‘Christ Church, Derriaghy, A Short History of the Parish’ which was published in 1973 to mark the Centenary of the Consecration of Christ Church, Derriaghy on Thursday 17th October 1872.

The present rector and former rector and curates pictured at the launch of Dean Norman Barr’s new book last Thursday evening (29th June) at Christ Church, Derriaghy.  L to R: (seated) Canon Terence Rogers - former curate at Derriaghy, Dean Norman Barr - former rector, Rt. Revd Samuel Poyntz - former Bishop of Connor and Mrs Florence Barr.  (back row) The Revd John Budd - present Rector, Canon James Musgrave - former curate, Miss Heather Barr and Canon Adam Johns - former curate. Dean Norman Barr pictured signing copies of his new book last Thursday evening (29th June) at Christ Church, Derriaghy.  Included in the photo is L to R: John Williams, Canon James Musgrave, Winifred Bell, Stanley Bell and Leonard Jarvis.

The present rector and former rector and curates pictured at the launch of Dean Norman Barr’s new book last Thursday evening (29th June) at Christ Church, Derriaghy.  L to R: (seated) Canon Terence Rogers - former curate at Derriaghy, Dean Norman Barr - former rector, Rt. Revd Samuel Poyntz - former Bishop of Connor and Mrs Florence Barr.  (back row) The Revd John Budd - present Rector, Canon James Musgrave - former curate, Miss Heather Barr and Canon Adam Johns - former curate.

Dean Norman Barr pictured signing copies of his new book last Thursday evening (29th June) at Christ Church, Derriaghy.  Included in the photo is L to R: John Williams, Canon James Musgrave, Winifred Bell, Stanley Bell and Leonard Jarvis.

Copies of the book cost £20 and can be purchased from Dean Barr on telephone number (028) 9062 1746.