|1876. 14 Jun
||Birth of George Townshend, Hand of the Cause of God, in Dublin.
||George Townshend; Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths
||George Townshend becomes a Bahá'í, sending a letter of acceptance of the Faith to `Abdu'l-Bahá. [GT49]
||George Townshend; Hands of the Cause
||This was to be the start of an 18 year relationship of collaboration between Shoghi Effendi and George Townshend in the translation of the Writings. As well as Hidden Words, he worked on Kitáb-i-Íqán, The Dawn-Breakers, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, God Passes By and by suggesting titles and writing introductions for The Dawn-Breakers and God Passes By. [SETPE1p127]
||Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Writings of; George Townshend; Translation
|1940 30 Jun
||George Townshend preaches a sermon in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, proclaiming the Bahá’í Faith to the congregation. [GT171]
||George Townshend; Christianity; Interfaith dialogue
||The British at national convention decide to ask the Guardian for their own Six Year Plan. [UDXVI]
- He responds immediately by setting them the task of forming 19 assemblies spread over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. [UD173]
- Shoghi Effendi describes this as ‘their first collective enterprise’. [UDXVI, 173–4]
- See also BBRSM158, 185
|United Kingdom; Ireland
||Conventions, National; Teaching Plans, National; Firsts, Other; LSA
|1947 20 Jun
||George Townshend sends a letter of resignation from the Church of Ireland to the Bishop of Killaloe, naming 30 September for its coming into effect. [GT195]
|1947 30 Sep
||George Townshend, at the age of 71 years, resigns his position with the Church of Ireland. [GT195]
- He is the first ordained priest of a Christian Protestant church to renounce his Orders and to become a fully accredited member of the Bahá’í community. [GT183]
- For the story of his resignation and transition to a lay life see GT199–200, 202.
||The pamphlet written by by George Townshend to all Christians under the title “The Old Churches and the New World Faith” was sent out to 10,000 so-called “responsible people” in the British Isles on the occasion of his resignation from the church. [UD470]
||Ireland; United Kingdom
||George Townshend; Christianity; Interfaith dialogue
|1957 25 Mar
||Hand of the Cause of God George Townshend passes away in Dublin, Ireland. (b.14 June, 1896) [BBD226, BW02-03p169]
- For his obituary see BW13:841–846.
- See also David Hofman's biography, George Townshend.
- Shoghi Effendi had appointed him among the first contingent on the 24th of December, 1951. [MoCxxiii] /ul>
||Hands of the Cause; Hands of the Cause, Births and deaths; Births and deaths; George Townshend; In Memoriam; Hands of the Cause, First Contingent
||The first local spiritual assembly in Papua New Guinea is formed in Madina Village, in New Ireland.
- This is the first all-indigenous local spiritual assembly in the South Pacific.
|Madina Village; New Ireland
||The first summer school to be held in Ireland begins.
||Summer schools; First summer and winter schools
||The National Spiritual Assembly of the Republic of Ireland is formed with its seat in Dublin. [BW15:283]
- For picture see BW15:153.
- The National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles is renamed the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom. [BW15:290]
|1982 25 – 27 Jun
||A Bahá’í International Conference to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf is held in Dublin, Ireland, attended by some 1,900 Bahá’ís from 60 countries. [BW18:100; VV61]
- For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW18:156–7.
- For a pictorial report see BW18:138–40.
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, International; Bahiyyih Khanum (Greatest Holy Leaf)
||Shakontala (‘Shaku’) Aswani, the first Gibraltarian to become a Bahá’í, enrols in Northern Ireland, shortly afterwards returning to Gibraltar.
||Northern Ireland; Gibraltar
||First Bahais by country or area
||The Association for Bahá’í Studies, English-Speaking Europe, is established in the Republic of Ireland.
- Responsibility for the Association is transferred to the United Kingdom in 1989.
|Ireland; United Kingdom; Europe
||Bahai Studies, Associations for
||The first province-wide gathering of Bahá’í youth in Northern Ireland convenes. [BINS154:15]
|1989 24 – 27 Mar
||The first All-Ireland Youth Spring School is held in Closkelt, Northern Ireland. [BINS197:51]
||Closkelt; Northern Ireland
|1998 29 Jul
||The passing of actor and writer O. Z. Whitehead at the age of 87 in Dublin. (b. in New York City on 18 March 1911).
- His most acclaimed performance and best remembered role remained that of Al in John Ford's classic 1940 film version of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
- After the World Congress in 1963 he pioneered to the Irish Republic where, among other services to the Faith, he served on the National Spiritual Assembly.
- He published three volumes of pen portraits, Some Early Bahá'ís of the West (1976), Some Bahá'ís to Remember (1983), and Portraits of Some Bahá'í Women (1996).
- Remembered as a champion of the Arts. [Bahá'í Studies Review Vol8, 1998]
||O. Z. Whitehead; Pioneers; NSA; Biographies (general)
|2003 3 Mar
||The passing of Knight of Bahá'u'lláh Una Dean, née Townshend, in Edmonton, Canada. Una lived a full life of Bahá'í service. In 1946 she was the first Bahá'í in Dublin and was later a member of the first spiritual assembly. She also helped to form the first spiritual assembly in Liverpool. In October 1953 she was the first Bahá'i in Malta, a goal of the Ten Year Crusade. In 1954 she returned to Ireland to tend to her ailing father and to assist him in writing Christ and Bahá'u'lláh. After his passing in 1957 she moved to America, met and married her husband, Dick Dean, and moved to Edmonton where she served on the Local Assembly until 1987. [BW02-03p169]
||Edmonton; Alberta; Canada; Malta; Ireland; Liverpool; Dublin
||Una Dean; Una Townshend; Knights of Bahaullah; Births and deaths; In Memoriam
||General Register Office in Northern Ireland has officially recognised the Baha'i Faith as a legitimate religion with authority to marry its members. Dr. Beman Khosravi has been appointed as official Baha'i Marriage Officer. The first marriage took place in Cullybackey between Carmen Zambrana Candel and John Twiname. [The Belfast Telegraph 28 April, 2004]
|2010 30 Apr
||The visit of the President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary McAleese, visits the World Centre. [BWNS774]
||Presidents; Prominent visitors; Mary McAleese; BWNS