The little explored theme of Women in Medieval Ireland got a full airing in Roscrea during the conference at the Cistercian Abbey during the Halloween weekend.
Religions and Patronage, Women’s literature and crafts, Sheela na gigs and nunneries all were investigated during a very interdisciplinary oriented few days. Indeed one of the strengths of the Roscrea gatherings has been the manner in which the many strands of scholarship, spirituality and theology are interwoven in a popular way. Bro Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB was in fine fettle with many varied contributions, including a talk on ‘The Nun from Hell... Elsie Butler’. Professor Rachel Moss talks including a polite(ish) one on Sheela na Gigs with pictorial examples drawn from abroad as well as from Ireland. Archaeologist Tracy Collins delivered the results of her excavation at the nunnery at Shanagolden as well as deaing with the material culture associated with women in the middle ages. Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan NUIG explained her role as principal investigator of a J4m European project into Women’s Literature in medieval times.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.