The ornate Murland Mausoleum at Clough NSP Church is now in need of conservation and the Follies Trust is hoping to tackle this in forthcoming months. On Wednesday, 13th March 2019 there will be a public lecture at Clough Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church at 7.30 pm by Dr Finbar McCormick on the topic of ‘Mausolea & Memorials to the dead in Ireland’. Everyone is welcome and the talk will be followed by refreshments.
Dr McCormick is a senior lecturer in the School of the
Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University, Belfast and former Chair
of the Discovery Programme. The Follies Trust writes:
The talk will look at the history and development of memorials to the dead in Ireland and beyond. It will show how the Reformation changed people’s attitude to commemorating the dead and will demonstrate how Presbyterianism in Scotland played such an important role in the development of the modern mausoleum. Dr McCormick will also show how classical ideas had such an influence on mausoleum design as can be seen in the magnificent Murland mausoleum at Clough. The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society list describes the mausoleum as ‘the phenomenal Murland vault of about 1860, furnished with all the pompe funebre of the classical manner, with trimmings.’ It was designed by Thomas Turner and is a fine example of the genre.
A service to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, including the dedication of the new Roll of Honour in memory of all the men and women of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland who served or gave their lives in the Great War, will be held at the First Presbyterian (Non-Subscribing) Church, Stream Street, Downpatrick on Sunday, 18th November at 3.00 pm.
The service will be led by the minister, the Rev Dr David Steers with the Moderator of the General Synod, Rt Rev Colin Campbell also taking part. The special preacher will be the Rev Norman Hutton of Newry, Banbridge and Warrenpoint NSP Churches. Other ministers representing the Presbytery of Antrim, the Presbytery of Bangor, and the Synod of Munster will take part. The service will include special music as well as readings from the First World War diary of Emma Duffin, a nurse with the Red Cross, and the battalion diary of Captain J.S. Davidson who died on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Both Nurse Duffin and Captain Davidson are included in the 588 names listed in the Roll of Honour, of whom 98 gave their lives.
The Roll of Honour has been compiled by the Rev Dr David Steers, minister of Downpatrick, Ballee and Clough NSP Churches. The Non-Subscribing Presbyterian denomination began compiling a Roll of Honour in 1914 but did not continue with it after January 1916. As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, Dr Steers has researched each congregation as well as the denominational records to put together as full a Roll of Honour as possible of everyone who served. The Roll consists of an alphabetical list of members of each church who joined up together with their rank and service details as well as a section containing biographical details of the nearly 100 men who were killed during the war. Everyone is welcome and all who attend will receive a complimentary copy of the new Roll of Honour. After Sunday’s service copies of the Roll of Honour will be available to purchase at a cost of £5, the proceeds from which will go to the Poppy Appeal and ‘Help for Heroes’.