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The basic unit in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is the congregation. Today there are some 560 Presbyterian congregations in Ireland, the great majority of them in Northern Ireland, but with a significant number of congregations in other parts of the island, especially counties Donegal and Monaghan as well as the city of Dublin. Some of these congregations can trace their origins back to the seventeenth century, while others are of much more recent date.
Originally published in 1982 A History of Congregations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland remains the standard text for anyone interested in finding out more about the history of individual Presbyterian congregations. A massive work of over 800 pages, the History of Congregations has been long out of print. It also contained some omissions and errors - inevitable in a book of this scale - and in 1996 a Supplement of additions, emendations and corrections with an index was published in association with the Ulster Historical Foundation.
Rather than republish in traditional form, the Council of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland decided to make the information on each congregation available via the internet. This is the first stage in a long term project to update the History of Congregations and make available biographical information on Presbyterian ministers. For more on the current History of Congregations Project click here
A number of congregations were known by names other than the official names. For a list of alternative names of congregations click here
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