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1 of 4  Tue 16th Jan 2018 11:32am  
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Hello, my name is Ciaran Davis. I work for the Coventry Irish Society as project officer for the Irish Heart, Coventry Home oral history project. We have interviewed 58 people who migrated to Coventry and are putting on a major exhibition at the Herbert in March 2018. There are a couple of things that hopefully some forum members could help me with: 1- Pictures and dates of Irish clubs - I have been to the History archives a fair few times and got pictures of some of the clubs (such as the Banba, the Kerrymans and Finbarr's), but I was wondering if any people in the forum have any pictures. Similarly, it is difficult tracing dates for these clubs. 2- Coventry-Irish pictures/objects - Again we have collected a fair amount of objects and photos, but if anything else comes to mind that would be good to lend, please get in touch. 3- Coventry's Catholic Churches - The Birmingham Diocese archive is unfortunately closed at the moment, so I have struggled to get photos/ documents about the Churches, again could any forum members help? Kind regards, Ciaran
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Midland Red
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2 of 4  Tue 16th Jan 2018 11:55am  
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Hi Ciaran Wave Welcome to our friendly forum - let's hope you get a good response from our members for your project Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
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3 of 4  Tue 16th Jan 2018 1:36pm  
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Of interest might be these views of St. Osburg's church, Hill Street, from Benjamin Poole's histories of 1847 and 1852, conveniently showing the new church before and after the spire was added, plus his 1852 text below. (Better quality images have been emailed Ciaran. Thumbs up ) Benjamin Poole's History of Coventry, 1852, page 89 : THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. A Roman Catholic Chapel was erected at the top of Hill-street, in this City, in the year 1807. Its inadequacy for the requirements of the community to whose religious services it was devoted, together with the inroads of decay, rendered its demolition necessary a few years ago, and on the 29th of May, 1843 (the Rev. Dr. Ullathorne then holding the priesthood), the first stone was laid of the present modern gothic structure, which, for durability of materials, excellency of workmanship, and appropriateness of design, supplies conclusive evidence that the Roman Catholics of the present day are by no means behindhand of their forefathers in the art and true conception of church-building. This church stands immediately adjoining the site of the old chapel, in a commanding point of view, and was dedicated under the name of “The Church of the most Holy Sacrament.” It consists of nave, with clerestory, north and south aisles, chancel, lady chapel, and sacristies. There is a tower at the south-west corner of the church, intended to be at some future day surmounted by a spire, rising, according to the design, to the height of 130 feet from the ground. The entire length of the church inside is 115 feet, its breadth 50 feet. The whole of the interior finishing is highly beautiful, rich in ornament, and abounding in the impressive symbols belonging to the Roman Catholic faith. The Ladye Chapel is a perfect gem of the kind. There is an excellent organ, built by Messrs. Bevington, of London, which stands in a small gallery at the north-west corner. The services are performed by members of the order of St. Benedict ; and adjoining the church is a house or presbytery, constructed on the principle of a Benedictine Priory.
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4 of 4  Tue 16th Jan 2018 2:20pm  
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Coventry's first Catholic church after the dissolution. Church on Little Park Street on Art UK from the Herbert collection.
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