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Fondúireacht Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh, UCD

UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Seminars Autumn-Winter 2012

Mícheál Ó Cléirigh seminars will take place from 12 October to 14 December 2012 in K114 (History Boardroom), UCD School of History & Archives, John Henry Newman Building, University College Dublin on Fridays at 4pm (unless otherwise stated).

Download the seminar list at MOC Seminars Oct/Nov 2012


Next Seminar, Friday 23 November

Dr Gillian Kenny, UCD: 'Dearly beloved friend': female social networks in later medieval Ireland

Fáilte roimh chách. All welcome.

Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute News 

Monastic Ireland project awarded funds by Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland

Medieval monastic buildings dominate many parts of the Irish landscape, be they Gothic Cistercian abbeys or Franciscan friaries with their tall, slender towers. Along with medieval castles they are the largest surviving structures from medieval Ireland. Those who inhabited them - monks, canons and friars - dominate many chapters of Irish history. Augustinian, Cistercian, Dominican, Franciscan and other foundations continued to receive the support and patronage of Irish and Anglo-Norman nobles throughout the medieval period. Yet this essential narrative of sources and landscape has not been assembled in an accessible modern format.

Monastic Ireland aims to construct a website, database and image sensitive application of Irish monasteries, nunneries, houses of canons and mendicant foundations dating from 1100-1700AD. Its initial phase will cover the West, Mid-West and South-West Regions. Approximately 160 sites will be recorded including foundations of Augustinian canons, Carmelites, Cistercians, Dominicans, Franciscans and Premonstratensians. The website and database will aim to provide easily navigable information about each site (archaeology, architecture, archives, history, source references, access). It will also include photographs and location maps. An existing website covering Monastic Wales ( developed by the University of Trinity St Davids Lampeter provides a template for the Irish project. 

The database will allow local communities and interested groups to see how challenges facing sites in their own locality are similar to those faced elsewhere. For educational and tourism purposes it will provide an overview of sites in a holistic regional context as opposed to individual sites devoid of a national and international narrative. This project will form the basis of a powerful tool for cultural tourism in Ireland. 

Project Team

Dr Edel Bhreathnach, UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, Niamh NicGhabhann (Research Assistant), Dr Rachel Moss, Royal Irish Academy, Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D'Aughton UCC School of History

Funders: Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht (Built Heritage Scheme), Fáilte Ireland (Applied Research Scheme)

Partners: South West Regional Authority, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

External advisors: Professor Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales; Dr Karen Stober, University of Lleida, Barcelona; Professor Marie Therese Flanagan, School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Elizabeth FitzPatrick, School of Archaeology, NUI Galway; Fr Joseph McMahon, Irish Franciscans.