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Moderator on 'farewell' tour across Republic of Ireland

By Alf McCreary

The Presbyterian Moderator is undertaking an extensive week-long visit to the Dublin and Munster Presbytery.

Rt Rev Dr Noble McNeely's trip, which began yesterday, is his third and final visit to a presbytery as Moderator before he leaves office in June.

The Dublin and Munster Presbytery has 32 congregations with 4,000 members. It covers 24 counties in the Republic, stretching from Kerry and Cork to Leitrim, Cavan and Louth.

Dr McNeely said: "Each of our congregations across Ireland have their unique characteristics, and I look forward to discovering how our ministers are impacting on their local communities.

"I want to encourage our ministers in their work, as they often minister in isolated situations."

Dr McNeely preached in Malahide and then in Howth Presbyterian Churches yesterday, and last night he spoke at Greystones, Co Wicklow.

Later this week he will visit Enniscorthy and Wexford, and Athy and Carlow, as well as Adelaide Road and Abbey Churches in Dublin. He will also join Methodist President the Rev Dr Laurence Graham in a visit to the Dublin nursing home Mount Tabor.

His week-long tour will end next Sunday when he will preach at Arklow Presbyterian and at St Andrew's, Blackrock.

Meanwhile, the 19 presbyteries across Ireland will elect a new Moderator tomorrow.

The contest will be between the Rev Brian Boyd, from Kells and Eskylane; the Rev William John Henry from the Maze and Ballinderry, and the Rev Charles McMullen from West Church, Bangor.

Each presbytery will have one vote, and in the event of a tie another vote will be taken.

The result should be known tomorrow evening.

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