An interdenominational RCN Centenary Service, incorporating the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration, was held in St Patrick’s (Anglican) Cathedral in Armagh on Wednesday 1 June 2016. The service was led by Dean Gregory Dunstan, Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral and the address was delivered by Professor Michael Wheeler, Visiting Professor of English at the University of Southampton. The Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh also participated in the service.
Jill Armstrong, the Deputy Lieutenant for County Armagh, was in attendance, along with Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte McArdle. Lessons were read by Joleen McKee, RCN Student Committee representative for Northern Ireland and Rita Devlin, RCN Northern Ireland Head of Professional Development and a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar. RCN Northern Ireland Director Janice Smyth led the procession of the lamp, and Deputy Director Garrett Martin, along with a number of nurse leaders from Northern Ireland, led the prayers of intercession. The service was attended by a broad range of RCN Fellows, members and guests.