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The Most Reverend Alan Harper, OBE, BSc Geography 1965, Archbishop of Armargh

Alan Harper

In July 1966 Alan was appointed to the Archaeological Survey of Northern Ireland, where he worked until 1974, at which point he took up the post of Principal Assistant Planning Officer for Staffordshire County Council. In 1975 he decided to follow a call to ordained ministry and entered the University of Dublin in 1975 to study for the Testimonium in Divinity (1978). He was ordained as a Church of Ireland deacon in 1978 and priested in 1979. He served in parish ministry in Northern Ireland and as Archdeacon of Connor (1996-2002) until his consecration as Bishop of Connor in 2002. In January 2007 he was elected Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan, by the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland.
 
Reflecting his passion for archaeology and history, Archbishop Harper was appointed as a member of the Historic Monuments Council for Northern Ireland in 1980 and served as its Chairman from 1986 to 1995. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE for Services to Conservation in Northern Ireland.