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Ulster consumed by address heard in the church (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

minister

'ulster consumed by address' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this defines the answer.

'heard in the church' is the wordplay.
'heard' becomes 'i' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'in the' indicates putting letters inside.
'church' becomes 'minster' (minster is a kind of church).
'i' placed within 'minster' is 'MINISTER'.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for minister that I've seen before include "Form of address", "Government or church officer", "Merit sin (anag.)", "Agent", "Clergyman - politician".)

I've seen this clue in Irish Times.
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