Roscrea Conference -
‘Gothic Ireland’

Presentation to Coolderry GAA. L/R: Lesley Blackwell (Tres) Marie Marshall (Tres),  Aishling Corcoran (Sec) Coleman Hogan (GAA) Seamus Kennedy C/Man.
The 53rd Roscrea Conference will take place from Friday, November 1st to Sunday November 3rd, with a focus on Ireland’s Gothic past.

The 53rd Roscrea Conference will take place from Friday, November 1st to Sunday November 3rd, with a focus on Ireland’s Gothic past.

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. The Conference will commence on Friday the 1st of November with a reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society. 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” Ireland, 1750-1950.

The second day commences with a lecture by Dr Danielle O’Donovan on “Tipperary, the home of Irish Gothic.” This will be followed by Dr Rachel Moss who who will share a talk entitled “Reform and re-invention: the Gothic church after 1540”. Niamh NicGhabhann will will speak about medieval buildings in Ireland and the Irish Ecclesiastical Commission while Judith Hill will give a talk about Birr and Charleville Castles. Other speakers include Caroline McGee, Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount St Joseph, George Cunningham, and Danielle O’Donovan. 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.

Tel: 0505 25600 email guesthouse@msjroscrea.ie.