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Double celebrations for Magheragall Parish Church

Webmaster Bobby Cunningham pictured displaying the award winning Magheragall Parish Church website.

Magheragall Parish Church, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, has been awarded a top prize in a Church of Ireland magazine and website competition.  The parish was the winner in the parish website category.  Archbishop Robin Eames announced the result earlier this month at the Church of Ireland General Synod.

Bobby Cunningham - Webmaster of the Magheragall Parish Church website is pictured after receiving his award from Archbishop Robin Eames (left) and Archbishop John Neill (right) at the Church of Ireland General Synod in the City Hotel, Armagh on Thursday 11th May. Pictured at the Church of Ireland General Synod in the City Hotel, Armagh on Thursday 11th May is L to R: Bronwen Dark, the Rev Nicholas Dark and 3 year-old daughter Claire, Archbishop John Neill, Archbishop Robin Eames, Sharon Cunningham, Joan Scott and Bobby Cunningham. (seated at front) Elizabeth Hill.

Bobby Cunningham - Webmaster of the Magheragall Parish Church website is pictured after receiving his award from Archbishop Robin Eames (left) and Archbishop John Neill (right) at the Church of Ireland General Synod in the City Hotel, Armagh on Thursday 11th May.

Pictured at the Church of Ireland General Synod in the City Hotel, Armagh on Thursday 11th May is L to R: Bronwen Dark, the Rev Nicholas Dark and 3 year-old daughter Claire, Archbishop John Neill, Archbishop Robin Eames, Sharon Cunningham, Joan Scott and Bobby Cunningham. (seated at front) Elizabeth Hill.

Archbishop Eames presented the award to Mr Bobby Cunningham, editor of Magheragall’s website, in front of a packed Synod.  The Rev Nicholas Dark, Rector of Magheragall Parish, said he was delighted the website had been recognised in this way. “On behalf of the parish I would like to express our delight in winning this award and particular thanks to Bobby Cunningham who is responsible for the website,” Rev Dark said.

A sponsored abseil and a day out on Rathlin Island are among a number of events organised by the parish to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the present church.  Celebrations got underway on Ascension Day, Thursday 25th May, when the Rt. Revd Alan Harper, Bishop of Connor, preached at a Service of Celebration. The abseil down Magheragall Church Tower takes place on Saturday 3rd June and among the 45 brave participants are a bride-to-be and a 65-year-old pensioner.  A special Birthday Service will be held on Sunday 4th June, followed by a parish lunch, and praise and worship service that evening.

A trip to Rathlin Island, which includes morning service in St Thomas, Rathlin, is scheduled for Sunday 11th June and has been organised by the rambling club.

For further information on any of the above events, please contact Karen Bushby, Communications Officer, Diocese of Connor, on 07766 103880.