|The 40th Roscrea conference at Mt St Joseph Abbey on the weekend after Easter is almost full, with participants coming from as far afield as the Netherlands. Both the main guesthouse and the guesthouse at the gate (which has had a complete restoration to the highest possible standards) are full. |
There are some places still remaining for the lectures but booking is essential for this significant occasion.
The theme of the conference reflects the first theme in 1987 that of the Cistercian World at home and abroad. Leading scholars like Professors Roger Stalley and Peter Harbison, Dr John Feehan and John Bradley will speak on various topics. Willie Hayes will give some personal reflections on the thirty years since Holy Cross was restored.
The keynote address on the Friday evening will be given by Dom Peter Garvey, abbot of Bolton Abbey, Moone. Other Cistercians giving varying inputs are Dom Laurence Walsh, Fr Nivard Kinsella and an tAthair Ciarán Ó Sabhaois. Dom Kevin Daly, abbot of Roscrea will open the conference formally on Friday evening, 13th April, at 7.15.
A major feature of the weekend will be the launch of the Conference commemorative volume of some 168 pages hardback, edited by George Cunningham. It contains articles of national importance, and there is much local interest in it too: like articles on the Stowe Missal and the Macegan brehons of Lorrha. There is much Roscrea interest in it with articles by Valerie Hall on Monaincha bog, nineteenth century drawings of Roscrea interest by Peter Harbison, the end of Medieval Roscrea by Ray Gillespie and much more.
The front cover of the eagerly anticipated publication of “The Roscrea Conference 1987-2007”. To reserve your copy please contact
George Cunningham at (0505)21619
Dom Laurence Walsh has a major and lengthy article on the preCistercian families of Mount Heaton. Fr Richard Purcell writes about the making of the two Salve CDs. Brian Redmond has a picture essay on Roscrea and his cover photos are a joy to see. And there is much more and much more.
The book, 500 copies signed and numbered, will be available at a special price of €40 for a limited period.
Any orders to Roscrea People, Parkmore, Roscrea. Tel +00-353(0)505 21619