Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Roscrea Spring Conference 2011

March, 2011 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 6 of 8 in the Issue 09

The 48th Consecutive Conference

From the Synod of Rathbreasail (1111) to Kells (1152): All Change?

29th April - 1st May, 2011

at Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary



6.00 Snack supper and registration

6.45 Reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society

7.20 Welcome: Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, Abbot of Mt St Joseph

7.30 Official opening: Dom Laurence Walsh, OCSO, Abbot Emeritus, Roscrea

7.40 Making Change Possible: the run up to Rathbreasail

Tony Candon, Manager Keeper, NMI, Turlough Park, Castlebar

7.55 Stoke up the fire: Irish Monks, English Scholars, Papal Legates and the so-called 12th century  Reform of the Irish Church

An t-Ollamh Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Roinn na Staire, NUIG

8.50 Discussion

9.15 Hospitium


8.45 Optional rise for vigils

9.30 Benedictine reformers in late eleventh/early twelfth-century Ireland

Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Micheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD

10.10 Metalwork, Sculpture and Liturgy in the Age of Reform

Raghnall Ó Floinn, Head of Collections, NMI

10.50 Discussion

11.00 Coffee

11.30 12th century High Crosses

Professor Peter Harbison, art historian and author

12.10 Case studies of two monastic/diocesan centres in the mid 12th century

Clonfert: Dr Christy Cunniffe

Roscrea: George Cunningham

1.10 Snack Lunch

2.30 Field trip to St Cronan’s monastery, Roscrea And view new work at Damer House

5.30 Vespers

5.55 Sherry Reception to honour the publication:

Treasures from the Cardinal Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive; midland launch of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909): The lost Celtic notebooks rediscovered Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

6.30 Dinner

8.00 Wish I had been present - lecturers share a wish or a comment

8.30 Saturday Colophon

George Cunningham

9.00 Hospitium


9.30 Benefactors

An tAthair Ciarán Ó Sabhaois, archivist MSJ

9.45 Rathbreasail: Cork or Tipperary?

Tony Candon

10.00 The Shrine of the Book of Dimma

Raghnall Ó Floinn

10.15 Discussion

10.30 Concelebrated High Mass with new liturgical music, Lead me Home, composed by Roscrea man, Seamus Doran, and performed by Roscrea Folk Group.

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Thoughts on monastic libraries in the 12th century

Edel Bhreathnach

12th century pilgrimage in the Burren

Peter Harbison

Synod of Kells, 1152: All Change?

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín

1.15 Discussion on conference theme

1.35 Summing up and close of conference

George Cunningham

1.50 Lunch

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