First woman cathedral canon


THE Rev Ginnie Kennerley, the first woman to become a canon in a cathedral of the Church of Ireland, was installed as the 12th canon in the chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, yesterday.

Canon Kennerley was nominated to the cathedral chapter by the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Rev Walton Empey, and was installed by the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev John Paterson, at evensong.

A former journalist and teacher, Canon Kennerley is rector of Timolin and Narraghmore, Co Kildare, a rural parish in the diocese of Glendalough. She was ordained a deacon in 1988, and was the first woman in the Republic of Ireland to be ordained a priest in the Church of Ireland.

She has served as an assistant, priest in Bray, Co Wicklow, and was a lecturer in pastoral theology in the Church of Ireland Theological College, Dublin, before her appointment as rector of Timolin.

Canon Kennerley is a graduate of Oxford and studied theology at the Irish School of Ecumenics and, Trinity College, Dublin.