• (1849-1869)

The Society for the Irish Church Missions (ICM) was founded in March 1849, largely through the work of an English clergyman, the Reverend Alexander Dallas, Vicar of the parish of Wonston, Hampshire.  A man of immense energy and organising ability, Dallas had been a supplies officer in Wellington’s army during the Napoleonic wars in Spain and was present at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.  Following his ordination in 1821, Dallas served in a number of curacies during which time he was convert...

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• (1869-1919)

The period under review in this second part of ICM’s history covers the era between the death of Alexander Dallas, the founder of Irish Church Missions (ICM) and the appointment in 1919 of perhaps the most well-known Superintendent of ICM, T. C. Hammond. It was an era that saw the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland, dramatic events in the history of Ireland with the land war, land purchase, the Gaelic revival, the home rule struggle, World War I, the 1916 rebellion, and the beginnings o...

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• Superintendents

Rev. Dr. Charles Fennell McCarthy (Superintendent 1850-1877) In February 1850, Alexander Dallas, the founder of ICM, appointed Charles Ffennell McCarthy, the 33 year-old curate of St. Michan’s, Dublin, to be the first Superintendent of the Irish Church Missions. Under him, Irish Church Missions expanded their work in Dublin, the Mission Church at Townsend Street was opened, and many people were converted to Christ through the weekly ‘Controversial Classes’. His labours an...

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• T.C. Hammond

For most Irish Church people in the first half of the twentieth century T C Hammond (1877 – 1961) was the ICM and the ICM was T C Hammond. Such was the height of his profile and such was the amount of activity being carried on by the Mission during his time, that this was a natural assumption. But, of course, both T C Hammond and the Mission had a life before and after the years when he was Superintendent (1919 – 1936). Hammond’s roots had been in Cork for generations and he grew up the...

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