53rd
Roscrea
congress

The 53rd Roscrea Conference will take place at Mt St Joseph Cistercian Abbey on the first weekend in November, Friday 1st to Sunday with the theme of Gothic Ireland: from the middle ages to the nineteenth century.

The 53rd Roscrea

Conference will take place at Mt St Joseph Cistercian Abbey on the first weekend in November, Friday 1st to Sunday with the theme of Gothic Ireland: from the middle ages to the nineteenth century.

A galaxy of top class scholars, including renowned lecturers and art historians, Peter Harbison and Roger Stalley, will be keynote speakers.

The conference will also feature some of Ireland’s leading young scholars in the field including Dr Rachel Moss. The midlands of Ireland, particularly Offaly and Tipperary come in for special mention.

And Birr will be very much to the fore. On the Saturday author Judith Hill will explore Birr and Charleville: Building English Castles in Post-Union Offaly. The field trip that Saturday afternoon will be to Gothic Birr led by Margaret Hogan.

Tipperary will also be very prominent with Holycross and Cashel coming in for special mention. Indeed Dr Danielle O Donovan will speak on Tipperary, the Home of Irish Gothic on the Saturday morning.

After dinner on the Saturday evening the building of Mt St Joseph and Cistercian connections will be dealt with by the abbot Dom Richard Purcell and the prior Fr Laurence Walsh.

The topics range all many centuries and many themes from dancing, praying and sketching to catholic church building in the nineteenth century, indeed something for everyone in a lighthearted but scholarly manner.

Although both guesthouses at the Abbey are full there is some room for lectures and part attendance is possible and students are also catered for.

Further details from George Cunningham at georgencunningham@eircom.net or the guesthouse@msjroscrea.ie.

The full programme is as follows:

The Roscrea Autumn Conference

At

Mount St Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

53rd consecutive conference

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November 2013

Theme

Gothic Ireland: from the middle ages to the nineteenth century

Friday 1st November

6.00 Snack supper and registration

6.30 Reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society

7.25 Welcome to Mt St Joseph Abbey

7.30 Gothic cathedral building

Dr Roger Stalley, emeritus professor, TCD

8.05 Eighteenth-century drawings of Gothic churches

Professor Peter Harbison, art historian and author

Discussion

8.40 Among the ruins - dancing, praying and sketching in Ireland, 1750-1950’.

Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann, Course Director, MA Festive Arts,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL

9.00 Discussion

9.15 Hospitium

Saturday 2nd November, All Souls Day

3.45 Optional rise for vigils

9.20 Tipperary, the home of Irish Gothic

Dr Danielle O’Donovan, Post-doctoral Fellow, TCD and the Irish Heritage Trust

9.55 Reform and re-invention: the Gothic church after 1540

Dr Rachel Moss, Dept of History of Art and Architecture, TCD

10.25 Very ancient and badly constructed: medieval buildings in Ireland and the Irish Ecclesiastical Commission.

Niamh NicGhabhann

11.00 Conventual Mass and Procession to the Monastic Cemetery

12.05 Tea/ Coffee

12.20 Birr and Charleville: Building English Castles in Post-Union County Offaly

Judith Hill, Dept of History of Art and Architecture, TCD

12.55 Exploring the Gothic Past website: a teaching and learning resource

Caroline McGee, Manager, Gothic Past website, TCD

1.30 Snack Lunch

2.15 Depart for Gothic Birr; field trip led by Margaret Hogan

5.30 Vespers

5.55 Honouring the publication

Irish Gothic Architecture: construction, decay and reinvention,

edited by Roger Stalley (Wordwell)

6.20 Dinner

7.45 Between dissolution and return - four Roscrea Cistercian connections

Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount St Joseph

8.05 The Building of Mount St Joseph

Laurence Walsh, ocso, Abbot Emeritus, MSJ

8. 25 Wish I had been present

Lecturers share a wish or a comment

8. 55 The Saturday Colophon

George Cunningham

9.10 Hospitium

Sunday 3rd November

9.30 Mysteries of Cashel — the building of Cashel Cathedral

Roger Stalley

10.00 Reaching for the heavens: tower building in late medieval Ireland

Rachel Moss

10.30 Community High Mass

11.30 Tea/Coffee

12.00 Ancient and mainly modern Gothic in east Galway

Peter Harbison

12.25 Catholic Church Building in the nineteenth century

Caroline McGee

12. 50 The good, the bad and the ugly — when Gothic goes bad

Danielle O’Donovan

1.15 Discussion on conference theme

1.30 Summing up and close of conference

George Cunningham

1.45 Lunch