Audio Interview

In the Church of Ireland Gazette Audio Section you will find selected extended interviews that feature in the main paper edition. The interviews are in MP3 format and can be listened to online, downloaded to a PC or downloaded to a compatible MP3 player.

Interview 63: Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers talks to Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 62: The Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin, Dr Richard Clarke and Dr Michael Jackson respectively, respond to Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis at a press conference during the 2016 General Synod of the Church of Ireland. Click here to listen.

Interview 61: Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster speaks to Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis after a Church of Ireland Historical Centenaries Working Group event at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, marking the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Click here to listen.

Interview 60: During a World Council of Churches delegation’s visit to Ireland, the WCC’s Dr Clare Amos (Programme Executive for Interreligious Dialogue and Co-operation), the Revd Garland Pierce (Senior Assistant to the General Secretary), and Ms Marianne Edjersten (Director of Communications) talked to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 59: Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis interviews Baroness O’Loan on the issue of human rights. Click here to listen.

Interview 58: The Moderator of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, the Revd Dr Susan Durber, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, about the Commission’s document, The Church: Towards a Common Vision. Click here to listen.

Interview 57: The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nick Holtam, Chair of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, about the issue of climate change. Click here to listen.

Interview 56: The General Secretary of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and retired Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 55: The Anglican Co-Chair of the Porvoo Communion, the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, about the Porvoo Communion’s Bad Boll consultation on Economics and Ethics and its report. Click here to listen.

Interview 54: Former Archbishop of Canterbury and now Master of Magdalene College Cambridge, Dr Rowan Williams, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 53: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.


Interview 52: The Rt Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, and the Rt Revd Dirk Jan Schoon, Bishop of Haarlem, Amsterdam, Co-Chairs of the Anglican/Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council, talk to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, about Anglican-Old Catholic relations. Click here to listen.

Interview 51: Summary comments by Archbishop Michael Jackson and Rabbi David Rosen to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, at the conclusion of the meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission, held in Dublin from 31st March – 2nd April 2014. Click here to listen.

Interview 50: Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 49: BBC Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson interviews Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, regarding Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness’s and Archbishop Michael Jackson’s comments on sectarianism. Click here to listen.

Interview 48: Wendy Austin interviews the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, on BBC Radio Ulster’s  22nd October 2013 Talkback programme, about the Dublin and Glendalough ‘sectarianism’ controversy. Click here to listen.

Interview 47: Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, interviewed by William Crawley on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme on the subject of the Gazette’s 11th October 2013 editorial comment, ‘The Haass Process’, covering the issues of parades, flags and the past in Northern Ireland. Click here to listen.

Interview 46: The Roman Catholic Co-Chair of the Third Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC-III), the Most Revd Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 45: Mark Russell, CEO of Church Army, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 44: During a visit to Belfast, Jim Wallis, CEO of the Washington DC based Christian network for social justice, ‘Sojourners’, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 43: Ethne Harkness, Chair of the Church of Ireland’s Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 42: During a visit to Ireland, Ramez Atallah, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 41: Bishop Nigel Stock talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, on the subject of Women in the Episcopate legislation, during the July 2013 York meeting of the Church of England General Synod. Click here to listen.

Interview 40: Following a press conference ahead of her installation as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland for 2013-14, the Revd Dr Heather Morris talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 39: Joe Little, Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent with RTÉ News, talks about his impressions of the 2013 Church of Ireland General Synod to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 38: The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Revd John Armes, and Canon Anne Tomlinson, Ministry Development Officer, Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, talk to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 37: Professor Kjell Nordstokke of the Diaconal University College, Oslo, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 36: The Chief Executive Officer of Christian Aid Ireland, Rosamond Bennett, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 35: The Bishop Suffragan of the Arctic, the Rt Revd Darren McCartney, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen.

Interview 34: The Most Revd Richard Clarke talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 33: Author and social critic, Os Guinness, talks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis.  Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 32: Dr Inderjit Bhogal, Leader of the Corrymeela Community, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis.   Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 31: The Bishop of Kibungo, Rwanda, the Rt Revd Emmanuel Ntazinda, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 30: Ahead of his retirement, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Alan Harper, talks to the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 29: Simon Sarmiento and Peter Owen, of the ‘Thinking Anglicans’ website, discuss the July 2012 Church of England General Synod’s women bishops adjournment debate with Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 28:The Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, speaks to Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, at the July 2012 Church of England General Synod in York on the subject of the adjournment of the debate on Women Bishops. The interview lasts 2 minutes and 35 seconds. There is slight interference in the reproduction as the interview was conducted outdoors and in a slight breeze. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 27: Radio Ulster’s Wendy Austin talks with Andrew Wasley, spokesman for the London-based Stonewall gay rights charity, and Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, on the subject of the recent Church of England response to a UK Government consultation on proposals for same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The interview lasts 8 minutes and 3 seconds.  Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 26: In the second of two interviews with the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, for Soul Waves Radio, Canon Patrick Lawrence asks about the Gazette and the editor’s work. Soul Waves Radio, 31st May 2012. Soul Waves Radio supplies local and community radio stations throughout Ireland. The interview lasts 5 minutes and 53 seconds. Click here to listen or download the interview.

Interview 25: Interview 25: Canon Patrick Lawrence interviews the Gazette editor, Canon Ian Ellis, on the discussion of same-sex relationships at the 2012 General Synod. Soul Waves Radio, 24th May 2012. Soul Waves Radio supplies local and community radio stations throughout Ireland. The interview lasts 6 minutes and 54 seconds. Click here to listen or download the interview.
Interview 24: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Margaret Boden, Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland. The interview lasts 6 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 23 Canon Ian Ellis interviews Bishop Greg Venables, Bishop of Argentina. The interview lasts 22 minutes.Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 22: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Tony Brown, Director of the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, and former Irish Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The interview last <5 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 21: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Lord Bew, Professor of Politics at the Queen’s University of Belfast, at a Church of Ireland conference exploring the context and legacy of the 1912 Ulster Covenant. The interview lasts 9 Minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview – Please note this interview is in WMA format; a

Interview 20: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Prospery Raymond, Christian Aid’s Haiti Country Manager. The Interview lasts 19 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview.


Interview 19: 
Canon Ian Ellis interviews the President Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Revd Mouneer Anis. The interview lasts 32 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 18: On behalf of the Gazette, USPG Ireland’s Gerry Lynch interviews the Bishop of Harare, the Rt Revd Chad Gandiya Click here to listen or download the interview


Interview 17: RTE Radio 1, The God Slot, Friday 21st October 2011: Canon Ian Ellis, being interviewed by presenter Eileen Dunne on the civil partnerships controversy in the Church of Ireland. The interview lasts 5 minutes and 38 seconds. click here to listen or download the interview


Previous interviews hosted on our archive site :

Interview 16: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Bishop George Cassidy on reform of the House of Lords. The interview lasts 18 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 15:
Canon Ian Ellis interviews Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission. The interview lasts 26 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 14:
Canon Ian Ellis interviews Dr Philip Giddings, Chair of the Church of England General Synod’s House of Laity. The interview lasts 23 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 13: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Northern Ireland Minister for Social Development, Alex Attwood MLA. The interview lasts 32 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 12: Canon Ian Ellis interviewed by William Crawley on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Sunday Sequence’ programme on Sunday 30th January 2011 regarding the situation in the United Dioceses of Tuam, Killala and Achonry arising from the resignation of Bishop Richard Henderson to take up a position in the Church of England. An Editorial comment on the subject appeared in the Gazette issue of 28th January 2011 and a Report appears in the issue of 4th February 2011. The interview lasts 3 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 11: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Bishop Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham and now a Research Professor at the University of St Andrews. This interview took place during the Down and Dromore diocesan clergy conference in Donegal Town on 19th October 2010 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of 5th November 2010. The interview lasts 22 minutes 50 seconds. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 10: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Minister Martin Mansergh,  TD. This interview took place at the Office of Public Works, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, on 29th September 2010 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of 8th October, 2010. The interview lasts 43 minutes 21 seconds. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 9: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Dr Christina Baxter. This interview took place in Newcastle, Co. Down on 25th August 2010 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of 10th September, 2010. The interview lasts 10 minutes 17 seconds. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 8: Canon Ian Ellis interviews the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson. This interview took place in Hillsborough Castle on the 25th August 2010 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 3rd September, 2010. The interview lasts 12 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 7: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Gabriel Sewell curator of Lambeth Palace Library . This interview took place in Lambeth Palace Library and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 19th March, 2010. The interview lasts 16 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 6: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. This interview took place on 6th December, 2009 in Hillsborough, Co. Down. A report appears in the Gazette issue of the 18th December, 2009. The interview lasts 38 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 5: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Trevor Killen, UK Investment Promotion Adviser – Iraq, who is a parishioner of St George’s, Baghdad. This interview took place on 4th November, 2009 in Newcastle, Co. Down. A report appears in the Gazette issue of the 13th November, 2009. The interview lasts 20 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 4: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Primate of Burundi. This interview took place on 13th September, 2009 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 25th September, 2009. The interview lasts 10 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 3: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Bishop David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. This interview took place on the 11th September 2009 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 18th September 2009. The interview lasts 46 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 2: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Archbishop Peter Jensen, Archbishop of Sydney. This interview took place on the 20th April 2009 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 1st May 2009. The interview lasts 29 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview

Interview 1: Canon Ian Ellis interviews Professor Henry Patterson, Professor of Politics at the University of Ulster. This interview took place in Belfast on 23rd March 2009 and a report appears in the Gazette issue of the 3rd April 2009. The interview lasts 38 minutes. Click here to listen or download the interview