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Monastic Ireland A.D. 1100-1700: Landscape & Settlement

10 Feb 2015
Monastic Ireland A.D. 1100-1700: Landscape & Settlement

Two lectures on monasticism in March and a workshop in April, Trinity College Dublin




 Trinity College Dublin


Wednesday 11 March 2015

“The Nature of Irish Monasticism ca. 1050”

 Dr Edel Bhreathnach (CEO, The Discovery Programme & Co-Investigator, IRC Monastic Ireland Project)


Friday 27 March 2015

“Confessions of a Monastic Historian: (Re)writing of a Thousand Years of Monastic History”

Fr Columba Stewart, OSB (Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, U.S.)

Fr Stewart is an expert on early monasticism, Eastern monasticism, theology and liturgy. He has written a major study on John Cassian (Cassian the Monk, OUP 1998) and is currently preparing a volume on the origins of monasticism in the Christian East.

For the past 50 years the Hill Museum & Monastic Library ( has been photographing manuscript collections across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and south India, making HMML the world’s leader in the photographic preservation of manuscripts. HMML places a particular emphasis on manuscripts in endangered or remote locations. HMML safely archives the digital data, catalogues the digitized manuscripts, and makes both manuscript images and cataloguing available through online tools.


24th – 25th April 2015

WORKSHOP, Trinity Long Room Hub

This workshop is being organized under the aegis of the IRC-funded Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement A.D.1100 - 1700 project. This project is a collaborative endeavour between Dr Rachel Moss, TCD (Principal Investigator), Dr Małgorzata Kradnodębska D’Aughton, UCC and Dr Edel Bhreathnach, the Discovery Programme and their team, Dr Miriam Clyne, Dr Annejulie Lafaye and Dr Keith Smith.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the key themes and research questions of this phase of the Monastic Ireland project, to seek responses and discussion specific to these themes from participants, and to explore possibilities for future research directions and collaborations.

The workshop will concentrate on short presentations and discussions on the three strands of the Monastic Ireland project:

(i)            The transformation of monasticism in Ireland AD 1050-1300

(ii)           The urban and rural monastic landscape in medieval Ireland

(iii)          The changes to the medieval monastic landscape following the reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

The discussion on the three strands will be facilitated by three international experts: Professor Emilia Jamroziak (University of Leeds), Professor Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading), and Professor Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge).

Participation is aimed at researchers and professionals actively engaged in related areas.  There is no registration fee for attendance but for practical reasons you will need to have registered with us. Please tick the box below if intending to attend and return this page to Dr Keith Smith. Email address:

School of History

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Tyrconnell,Off College Road,Cork,Ireland.