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Canon John Barry WARM tributes have been paid to the former Rector of Hillsborough, Canon John Barry, who passed away last Wednesday (September 20) at the age of 91.

The Canon, who retired in 1983 after 34 years as incumbent at the village's parish church, was well known for his writings in the Church of Ireland Gazette under the pseudonym 'Cromlyn'.

Ordained in 1938, he served his first curacy in St. Matthew's, Belfast until 1941.

He moved on to St. Mark's Church at Dundela, East Belfast and from there to the Parish of Dunluce on the North Coast.

He arrived in Hillsborough in 1949 and was a Canon of St. Anne's Cathedral in Belfast from 1956 to 1964.

He served as Chancellor of Down Cathedral until 1973 and for the next 10 years held the position of Prebendary of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

The Venerable Raymond Hoey, Archdeacon of Armagh and chairman of the Church of Ireland Press, paid tribute to Canon Barry's contribution over the years.

"His incisive writing, shrewd observations and wry wit always stimulated interest and provoked reaction either for or against. This is surely the very stuff of good journalism," he said. "Many a reader of the Gazette over the years has turned first of all to the page containing 'Cromlyn' and the old rocking chair the newspaper just won't be the same without him.

"On behalf of the board of the Church of Ireland Press and the readers of The Church of Ireland Gazette I offer our deepest sympathy to the entire Barry family in its great loss."

The Most Reverend Dr Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh, also expressed his gratitude for Canon Barry's years of service to the Church of Ireland:

"Canon John Barry epitomised for his wide circle of friends and acquaintances all that was best in the devoted life of a true servant of the Church of Ireland," he said.

"I have known and respected him for some 45 years as a friend and colleague. His devotion to his calling throughout a long and distinguished ministry has influenced for good so many lives.

"He had the true personal touch of the dedicated parish priest who carried the needs of his people close to his heart and prayers.

"His love for the traditional liturgies of the Church of Ireland was widely known, but it was the many ways in which his personal pastoral ministry touched all sorts and conditions that will be long remembered by those whose lives he touched.

"In his passing our Church mourns one of its most significant pastors and servants who, in retirement, continued to remind us all of those values which endure."

Canon Barry is survived by his wife Eileen and sons Jonathan, David and Simon. His funeral service will be held in Hillsborough Parish Church tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm with burial taking place in the adjoining churchyard.

Family flowers only have been requested but donations in memory of the Canon should be sent c/o Gilmore Funeral Directors, 13 The Square, Comber, BT23 5DX.

BARRY (The Revd Canon John) - September 20, 2006, husband of Eileen and father of Jonathan, David and Simon. Funeral Service to be held in Hillsborough Parish Church on Saturday, September 30, at 3 o'clock and afterwards to adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory, if desired, to Hillsborough Parish Church and Carrigart Parish Church, C/O Gilmore Funeral Directors, 13 The Square, Comber BT23 5DX, Tel: 048 91872949.

Burial Service

Saturday, September 30


St Malachy's Parish Church


Hillsborough Church

John Barry

8th September 1915 - 20 September 2006
Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin 1936
Rector of Hillsborough 1949 - 1983

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star.
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep.
Too full for sound and foam.
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell.
And after that the dark!
And stay there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark:

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Alfred. Lord Tennyson


This Order of Service was drawn up by John, nearly ten years ago in conversation with Jonathon Subsequently when entering hospital in June, he casually told his son of an envelope in a drawer, "That'll give you all the information you need for my funeral'.

The written instructions for his funeral are dated 1st January 2006 and have been complied within this Order of service. He thought it all through, including the poems by Tennyson and Newnam. He asks for the congregation to sing "Jerusalem the golden" in the manner taught by the Hillsborough organist Nancy Howell and Sheila Shanks. Great emphasis is to he placed on the words

"The Shout of them that triumph. The song of them that feast..."

And the final hymn, "Mine eyes, have seen the glory" is "to be sung with vigour ". As the sometime Rector of Hillsborough also says in his notes, it is to be a "real rouser"! .

To God be the Glory.

The family is grateful for your presence here today and for the expressions of sympathy and support which they have received. After the burial the congregation is invited to light refreshments in the Downshire Centre.

There will be many people here well known to John and possibly to Eileen, but by reputation perhaps only to Jonathan, or David or Simon, and their families. We would be grateful if you would fill in a card with your personal details and place it in the basket in the Baptistry - but only if you wish.

Donations in memory, if desired may be made to
Hillsborough Parish Church and Carrigart Parish Church
c/o Gilmore funeral Directors
13 The Square, Comber BT23 5DX Tel: 028 9187 2949

The picture of the parish church on the front cover is from an unsigned drawing dated 1818. It was found by John in the Downshire archives when researching the history of Hillsborough. He liked it.

Order of Service

At the entrance of the choir the congregation will stand

Hymn: We plough the fields, and scatter

We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land.
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand;
He bends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes. and the sunshine,
And soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from above,
Then thank the Lord.
O thank the lord,
For all his love.


He only is the maker
Of all things near and far,
He paints the wayside flower.
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed:
Much more, to us his children
He gives our daily bread.

We thank thee, then, O Father.
For all things bright and good,
The seed-time and the harvest,
Our life. our health. our food:
Accept the gifts we offer,
For all thy love imparts,
And, what thou most desirest,
Our humble. thankful hearts.


The Very Revd John Dinnen - Rector of Hillsborough


121 Levavia oculos

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills : from whence cometh my help?
My help cometh even from The Lord : who hath made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold he that keepeth Israel : shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The lord himself is thy keeper : the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand:
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day : neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil : yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in : from this time forth for evermore.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Spirit:
As its was in the beginnings, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Old testament

Isaiah 40: 1-8 read by David


"For the Beauty of the Earth"
Words by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint,
set to music by John Rutter

New Testament

Revelation 21: 1-7 read by Simon

The Sermon


Hymn: Jerusalem the golden

Jerusalem the golden.
With milk and honey blest;
Beneath thy contemplation
Sink heart and voice opprest.

I know not, O I know not
What joys awaits us there,
What radiancy of glory,
What bliss beyond compare.

They stand, those halls of Zion.
All jubilant with song,
And bright with many an angel,
And all the martyr-throng;

The Prince is ever in them.
The daylight is serene.
The pastures of the blessed
Are decked in glorious sheen.

There is the throne of David,
And there. from care released,
The shout of them that triumph.
The song of them that feast;

And they who, with their Leader,
Have conquered in the fight,
For ever and for ever
Are clad in robes of white.

O sweet and blessed country,
The home of God's elect!
O sweet and blessed country.
That eager hearts expect!

 Jesu, in mercy bring us
To that dear land of rest;
Who art, with God the Father,
And Spirit, ever blest.

The Prayers The Rt Revd Dr Samuel Poyntz,
Formerly Bishop of Connor
  The Rt Revd Harold Miller
Bishop of Down & Dromore
The Revd Canon George Irwin
Rector of St Mark's, Ballymacash

The Prayers will conclude with the Lord's Prayer.

Hymn Mine eyes have seen The glory

My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out The vintage where The grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed The fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on!

Glory. glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glop, glory hallelujah!
Our God is marching on!

He hath sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat:
O be swift, my soul, to answer him; be jubilant, my feet!
Our Our God is marching on!

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea.
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on!

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave;
He is wisdom to the mighty; he is succour for the brave;
So the world shall be his footstool and the soul of time his slave:
Our God is marching on!

When the law, concludes the congregation will rennin, standing.

Silence is to be kept while we give thanks to God for blessings received red and for all

those whose memory we treasure. The Rt Revd Alan Harper, Bishop of Connor, will pray the

Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Church and The Most Revd Dr R. H. A Eames, Archbishop of Armagh, will pronounce the Blessing.

The choir will sing the Nunc Dimittiss.

When the coffin a lifted, Mr Andrew Carlisle. The Bugler of the Hillsborough Fort Guard, will sound the Bugle Call. "Dismiss".

As the choir leads the clergy and coffin to the West Door, the organist, Mr Phillip Elliott, will play "In the Gloaming" by Lady Arthur hill.

The burial will be conducted by The Revd Canon John Bell.

formerly Rector of Drumbo & Rural Dean of Hillsborough.

The Bugler will sound "Reveille".

I sent to sleep; and now I am refreshed.
A strange refreshment; for I feel in me
An inexpressive lightness and a sense
of freedom, as I were at length myself
And Ne'er had been before. How still it is
I hear no more The busy beat of time.
No, nor my fluttering breath, nor struggling pulse;
Nor does one moment differ from The next.

Cardinal Henry Neuman

Thanksgiving for The Church

Page 153 in the Book of Common Prayer 2004

ALMIGHTY God, whose mercy is over all thy works;
We praise thee for the blessings which have been brought to mankind by thy holy Church throughout all the world. We bless thee for the grace of thy Sacraments; for our fellowship in Christ with thee, and with one another, for the teaching of the Scriptures and for the preaching of thy Word. We thank thee for the holy example of thy saints in all ages; for thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, and for the memory and example for all that has been true and good in their lives. And we humbly beseech thee that we may be he numbered with them in the great company of the redeemed in heaven: through Jesus Christ our lord.