THE self-styled high
priestess of an Egyptian cult founded in County Carlow was given a
Church of Ireland funeral service, after a private ceremony at
Huntington Castle on Wednesday.
who died on Thursday of last week, aged 96, founded the Fellowship
of Isis, which claims to honour an ancient Egyptian goddess, in the
early '70s, with her late brother Lawrence. He was a former
Anglican priest, ordained in 1948, who had served as Rector of East
Bilney, in Norfolk, from 1952 to 1957.
The cult gained
international attention, and its leaders claim to have up to 30,000
followers around the world. Its headquarters are at Huntington
Castle, which is near Clonegal, a small village on the borders of
Carlow and Wexford in the Irish Republic.
There is an
Egyptian-style temple to the goddess in the basement of the castle,
where ceremonies take place, and which was also the location for
the private funeral ceremony that preceded the public Anglican
funeral service in St Fiacc's, Clonegal.
The Rector of St Fiacc's,
the Revd Michael Stevenson, said that Miss Durdin-Robinson had been
"very definite" in her request for a Church of Ireland funeral.
"Despite her unorthodox
beliefs, she would, I think, have been very much in favour of
Jesus. In her own way, I suppose she would have counted herself as
a Christian, and we don't analyse the belief structure of people we
give funeral services for," he said on Monday.
A "memorial event" to mark Miss Durdin-Robinson's death will be
held in London on 27 November.