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Welcome to our website.
We were richly blessed by our panel of speakers
in our recent zoom webinar.

We are pleased to make the recording
of this webinar available lower down on this page.

Centenary Celebration of the National Bible Society of Ireland: Past Present and Future

Moderator: Dr Julie McKinley
Panelists: Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, Dr Paul Manook, Catherine Little

We are pleased to bring you a recording of the event
Just click the image here to watch the recording of this event.

On July 5th, join us for a Zoom webinar to commemorate the 100 year period since Bible House, the central hub for what was then the Hibernian Bible Society, was burned down during the Irish Civil War in 1922.

On July 30th Bible House was occupied and on July 5th when it was evident that government forces were too strong, the Anti-Treaty forces set it on fire (along with all the other buildings they had occupied). In the midst of the destruction the Hibernian BS lost a First Edition King James Bible, a copy of the first complete Bible printed in China and a First Edition of the NT in Irish from 1603. Following this destruction, the property on Dawson St, where we are now was acquired and eventually as you know the Hibernian Bible Society diverged into the two Societies we now have in Belfast and Dublin. 

We thought it would be good to mark this from two perspectives – from the lens of the relevance of the Bible in Ireland, and looking at the Bible Society in Ireland past, present and future. 


  • Welcome and Introduction: President Gillian Kingston
  • Introduction of panelists by Dr Julie McKinley
  • Panelist one – Dr Fergus O’Ferrall – The Hibernian Bible Society and its historical role in Ireland since 1806, looking also at the events of 1922  – past.
  • Panelist two – Dr Paul Manook- Why does the Bible matter? What the Bible means to me –  present
  • Panelist three  – Catherine Little, GS for BSNI – opportunities for Bible engagement on the island of Ireland and the roles of the Bible Societies – future
  • Q+A
  • Conclusion and farewell from Gillian Kingston

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The National Bible Society of Ireland is passionate about stories – human stories and the stories which form the biblical narratives, and finding the places where these stories meet

The National Bible Society of Ireland, in conjunction with the worldwide body of United Bible Societies, provides an invaluable and vital service to local communities on an international scale. Its heritage of translation and bible dissemination and its vision to make Scripture accessible and available to all is one which is surely relevant across the divides of time, politics, economics and culture.

In Ireland the National Bible Society works with all Christian Churches and with individuals providing Bible resources, simple guides, Scripture studies, help and expertise. We want everyone to know and understand the Word of God.

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In Ireland, we raise money to fund translation, production and distribution of God’s Word in other countries. There are over 6,000 languages in the world but in nearly three-quarters of these languages there is no Bible translation.

The Bible Society believes that everyone should have easy access to the Holy Scriptures in their own languages. It is our task to bring the Scriptures to all people every-where.

You can help us to help others. Your support is needed to develop our work in Ireland. We need even more help to fund the vital translation and distribution network that will bring the Bible to everyone, to every place where people live. This is made possible by working together in the worldwide fellowship of the United Bible Societies. We seek your help to bring the Holy Scriptures to the furthest ends of the earth.

The National Bible Society of Ireland is interconfessional, working with all Christian Churches. This is reflected in our Membership, National Board and staff.

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