A Vibrant Civic Society in Ireland Today: The Role of the Church

Posted On: March 10, 2023

Archbishop McDowell recently joined us for a guest lecture at Benburb Priory. In association with the Royal Irish Academy and advertised via Eventbrite, this hybrid event took place on Wednesday 8th March 2023.

You can watch this lecture now by clicking on the link below:


The Most Reverend John McDowell was born in Belfast in 1956 and educated at Queen’s University, Belfast, the London School of Economics, and Trinity College, Dublin. He worked in the private sector until studying for Orders and was ordained in 1996. He was elected Archbishop of Armagh in March 2020 and translated to his new Office on 28 April in the same year. He was Bishop of Clogher from 2011-2020.

The Archbishop has been involved in the ministry of reconciliation all of his adult life and has played a prominent role in Ecumenical affairs in Ireland and internationally. He has a strong interest in the arts, particularly theatre and poetry.

It was wonderful to host Archbishop McDowell. Thank you to all who supported this event.