53rd Roscrea Conference Celebrates Gothic Ireland
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The 53rd Roscrea Conference will take place from Friday, November 1st to Sunday November 3rd. The theme of this year’s autumn conference is “Gothic Ireland: from the middle ages to the nineteenth century
The 53rd Roscrea Conference will take place from Friday, November 1st to Sunday November 3rd. The theme of this year’s autumn conference is “Gothic Ireland: from the middle ages to the nineteenth century.
Once again the conference, which is run by Roscrea People in association with Roscrea Heritage Society, will take place at Mount St Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea. As always the conference organiser is popular local man, George Cunningham, Dept. of History, College Of Humanities, University of Limerick and Parkmore, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
The Conference will commence on Friday the 1st of November with a reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society. A warm welcome will be given to all in attendance. Dr Roger Stalley, emeritus professor, TCD will get proceedings underway with a talk entitled “Gothic cathedral building”. Professor Peter Harbison, art historian and author will then speak about Eighteenth-century drawings of Gothic churches while Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann will bring proceedings to a close on the first evening with a talk entitled “Among the ruins - dancing, praying and sketching in”
The second day of the conference looks like a very busy and enlightening day commencing with a lecture by Dr Danielle O’Donovan on “Tipperary, the home of Irish Gothic” This will be followed by Dr Rachel Mosswho who will share a talk entitled “Reform and re-invention: the Gothic church after1540”. Niamh NicGhabhannwill will speak about medieval buildings in Ireland and the Irish Ecclesiastical Commission while Judith Hill will give a talk about Birr and Charleville Castles. Caroline McGee will bring the morning’s activities to a close by speaking about “Exploring the Gothic Past”.
A field trip to Birr will take place on Saturday afternoon and before dinner the book “Irish Gothic Architecture: construction, decay and reinvention”, by Roger Stalley (Wordwell) will be honoured. Later in the evening Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount St Joseph will speak about the building of the monastery and then the popular “Wish I had been present” segment of the conference will take place. George Cunningham will bring a close to day two with “The Saturday Colophon”
The final day of the conference will have talks such as Mysteries of Cashel — the building of Cashel Cathedral by Roger Stalley, Reaching for the heavens: tower building in late medieval Ireland by Rachel Moss, Catholic Church Building in the nineteenth century by Caroline McGee and The good, the bad and the ugly — when Gothic goes bad by Danielle O’Donovan
George Cunningham will then sum up of what promises to be another great conference.
Conference Fee: €65 (includes receptions, all lectures, coffee/tea). Full time students and unemployed €35. A concession by MSJ of a reduction of a third off the price of meals also available to full time students and some student bursaries are available. Apply to the Abbot MSJ. Full board at Mount St. Joseph main guesthouse and Clairvaux: €190 per person sharing (includes conference fee as above with accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights; supper on Friday evening; breakfast, snack lunch and dinner with wine on Saturday; breakfast and full lunch with wine on Sunday); single supplement €10 extra per night. Conference organiser and director, George Cunningham, FSA., MLitt., MA (h.c., NUI Galway), Parkmore, Roscrea. firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details from Dom Kevin Daly, ocso, guestmaster Mt St Joseph Abbey, 0505 25600 email@example.com. www.msjroscrea.ie