Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, was filled almost to capacity this afternoon, Sunday March 23, for the Installation of the 12th Canon and the new Canon Treasurer by Dean Dermot Dunne in the presence of Archbishop Michael Jackson. Canon David Gillespie was Installed as 12th Canon while Canon Robert Dean was Installed as Canon Treasurer. Canon David Gillespie is the Vicar of St Ann’s and St Stephen’s.
He was born in 1968 in Derry and was educated in Faughan Valley High School in the city. Upon leaving school he worked as a journalist with Morton Newspapers. In 1999 he moved to Dublin to study for Ministry in the Church of Ireland Theological College (now Institute). He was ordained a Deacon in 2001 and a Priest the following year. In 2001, he was appointed Curate in Agherton (Portstewart, Co Derry) in the Diocese of Connor and in 2004 was appointed Rector of Moy. He was appointed Vicar of St Ann’s and St Stephen’s in December 2008. Canon Robert Deane is Rector of Swords and Donabate and was born in 1952. After study he was ordained a Deacon in 1985 and a priest the following year.
From 1985 to 1988 he served as Curate in Raheny and Coolock before going on to become Rector of Clonsast with Rathangan and Thomastown in the Diocese of Meath and Kildare. He was a Canon of St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare from 1997 to 2000 and Trim Cathedral from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed Rector of Swords with Donabate and Kilsallaghan. In that capacity he also serves as Chaplain to St Ita’s Hospital in Portrane. He is also Rural Dean of Fingal. He became a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in 2008. The foundation of Christ Church Cathedral dates back to the Middle Ages and Canons are appointed to the Chapter from throughout the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough by the Archbishop. The Chapter is responsible for the fabric and life of the church. It meets six times a year to discuss the affairs of the cathedral and is also a spiritual body caring for the spiritual life of the cathedral and the dioceses. It is the Canons’ privilege to preach in the cathedral twice a year.
Photo: David Wynne