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Church of Ireland
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Classification Protestant
Orientation Anglican
Polity Episcopal
Moderator Richard Clarke,
Archbishop of Armagh
Region Ireland
Headquarters Church of Ireland House
Church Avenue, Rathmines
Dublin 6 D06 CF67
Republic of Ireland
Founder Claims episcopal succession from Saint Patrick.
Established as a state church in 1536 under King Henry VIII.
Disestablished in 1871 under Queen Victoria.
Origin 1871 (disestablishment)
Members 378,000 members
Official website ireland.anglican.org

The Church of Ireland (Irish: Eaglais na h√Čireann) is the Anglican church in Ireland. It is an independent member of the Anglican communion. During the kingdom of Ireland it was the state religion. It continued to be during the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, when it became part of the Church of England. It was disestablished and separated from the Church of England in 1871 by the British Parliament.

The seat of the Church of Ireland is at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh. Today the Church has roughly 390,000 members throughout Ireland, which makes it the second largest religious community in Ireland (after the Catholic Church) and the third largest in Northern Ireland (after the Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

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