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|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 became a Bahá'í, and sent a letter of acceptance of the Faith to `Abdu'l-Bahá. [GT49]
||George Townshend; Hands of the Cause
|1940 30 Jun
||George Townshend preached 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 their national convention, decided to ask the Guardian for their own Six Year Plan. [UDXVI]
He responded immediately by setting them the task of forming 19 assemblies spread over England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. [UD173]
Shoghi Effendi described 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 sent a letter of resignation from the Church of Ireland to the Bishop of Killaloe, naming 30 September for the effective date.
|1947 30 Sep
||George Townshend, at the age of 71 years, resigned his position with the Church of Ireland. [GT195]
He was 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 first local spiritual assembly in Ireland was established in Dublin.
|1949 (In the year)
||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 “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 passed 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]
His pamphlet entitled The Old Churches and the New World Faith was his statement upon severing his relationship with his colleagues in the Anglican Church. [CBN No 89 June 1957 p1]
A talk given by O.Z. (Zebby) Whitehead at an Irish Bahá'í Summer School.
||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 was formed in Madina Village, in New Ireland.
This was the first all-indigenous local spiritual assembly in the South Pacific.
||Madina Village; New Ireland
||The first summer school to be held in Ireland bagin.
||Summer schools; First summer and winter schools
||The National Spiritual Assembly of the Republic of Ireland was formed with its seat in Dublin. [BW15:283]
For picture see BW15:153.
The National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles was 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 was 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, enrolled in Northern Ireland, shortly afterwards returning to Gibraltar.
||Northern Ireland; Gibraltar
||First Bahais by country or area
|1983 (In the year)
||The Association for Bahá’í Studies, English-Speaking Europe, was established in the Republic of Ireland.
Responsibility for the Association was 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 was 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).
He is 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. [BW02-03p269]
||Edmonton; Alberta; Canada; Malta; Ireland; Liverpool; Dublin
||Una Dean; Una Townshend; Knights of Bahaullah; Births and deaths; In Memoriam
|2004 (In the year)
||The General Register Office in Northern Ireland officially recognised the Bahá'í Faith as a legitimate religion with authority to marry its members. Dr. Beman Khosravi has been appointed as official Bahá'í 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, to the World Centre. [BWNS774]
||BWC; Ireland; Haifa
||Presidents; Prominent visitors; Mary McAleese; BWNS
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- Equality and Baha'i Principles in Northern Ireland, by Edwin Graham, in Solas, 1 (2001). A paper in two parts: (1) the development of equality legislation in Northern Ireland, and (2) the Bahá’í Teachings in relation to equality and the extent to which Northern Irish legislation applies or does not apply them. [about]
- Ireland's Multi-Ethnic Immigration Challenge: An Irish Bahá'í View, by Eamonn Moane, in Solas, 2 (2002). After centuries of population loss, Ireland’s economic success in the 1990s led to a surge of immigration, but its reaction to a multi-ethnic influx has been disappointing. It needs Baha'i approaches like consultation, tolerance, fairness, and morality. [about]
- Irish Bahá'í Summer School, by Adib Taherzadeh (1999). A wide-ranging talk on the administrative order, anecdotes about George Townshend, and time spent in Ireland. [about]
- Life of Hugh McKinley, Knight of Bahá'u'lláh, by Olive McKinley, in Solas, 4 (2004). History of Hugh McKinley, correspondent of Shoghi Effendi, and his father, David McKinley — lives of interest not only to Baha'is but to the Irish in general. [about]
- O. Z. Whitehead (1911-1998): Actor and writer, by Robert Weinberg, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 8 (1998). [about]
- Personal Consideration of the Four Year Plan and its Legacy from an Irish Bahá'í Perspective, A, by Brian Corvin, in Solas, 1 (2001). A frank and detailed assessment and retrospective of the response to the Four Year Plan (1996-2000) in the Republic of Ireland. Though highly personal and at times polemical, the author offers the paper as a socio-historical analysis with suggestions. [about]
- Philosophical Basis for the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology, A, by Lawrence D. Staudt, in Solas, 3 (2003). Nature of the physical world, the principle of sustainability, the present energy situation, options for Ireland, a vision for the use of renewable energy in Ireland, and the role of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of
Tech (CREDIT). [about]
- Through the Eyes of Margaret Cousins: Irish and Indian Suffragette, by Keith Munro (2018). Biography of the co-founder of the Irish Women's Franchise League, a theosophist, who met both Martha Root and Shoghi Effendi. [about]
- Visits of the Hands of the Cause of God to Ireland, by Betsy Omidvaran, in Solas, 3 (2003). An overview of all known visits by the Hands, the highest-ranking officers of the Bahá’í Faith, to Ireland. Review of the many historical sources about this largely-uninvestigated topic. Includes timeline of the visits between 1952 and 1986. [about]
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