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Ireland Branches Civil Service Christian Union

The establishment of the Northern Ireland branch of the Civil Service Christian Union followed the division of Ireland into the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland in 1920 and 1922. The Government of Ireland Act of 1920 provided for a Northern Ireland Parliament in Belfast. Many of the civil servants in the new Belfast administration came from Dublin and some were already members of the Civil Service Christian Union.

    "That was also a time of violence and strife in the Province, but also a time of religious awakening mainly through the ministry and work of the Rev. W.P. Nicholson. This movement had a significant effect on churches and evangelical work, and in large measure produced the spiritual impetus which helped to establish the Branch of the Union here.

    In December 1926, Mr W.H. Harding, and Inspector of Taxes and a member of the C.S.C.U. was transferred to Belfast from the South of England, and he took a leading part in the early discussions." (Service September 1978)

October 1927: Decision to commence Northern Ireland branch made at a meeting held in the "Y.M.C.A. Corridor Room".

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