Art And Devotion To Be Explored At 49th Roscrea Conference

The Roscrea autumn conference at Mount St Joseph Cistercian Abbey will take place from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2011 with the theme: Art and Devotion in Medieval Ireland. Conference organizer and director George Cunningham expresses himself well pleased with the bookings and all the arrangements to date. Participants are booked in from the four corners of Ireland.

The Roscrea autumn conference at Mount St Joseph Cistercian Abbey will take place from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2011 with the theme: Art and Devotion in Medieval Ireland. Conference organizer and director George Cunningham expresses himself well pleased with the bookings and all the arrangements to date. Participants are booked in from the four corners of Ireland.

Both guesthouses are full but accommodation is still available in the town and district. Some part attendance is available. More details from MSJ at 0505 25600.

The programme is packed with the best of Irish scholarship from leading scholars in the field. Two books will be honoured during the weekend.

Professor Padraig O Riain’s twenty year study of the Irish saints, A Dictionary of Irish Saints will be launched by Dom Laurence Walsh on the Saturday evening and Glendalough – the city of God will be honoured at the same reception. Of great interest too will be the attention given to Holycross in light of the appalling theft there of its unique treasures.

The full programme is as follows:

Friday evening 4th November

6.00 Snack supper and registration

6.45 Reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society

7.25 Welcome: Dom Richard Purcell, OCSO, Abbot of Mt St Joseph

7.40 Seeing the Sacred: the religious image and the late medieval Irish devotional World: Professor Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

8.15 The Cloths of Heaven: Eucharistic Vestments in Late Medieval Ireland: Dr Colmán Ó Clabaigh, OSB, Glenstal Abbey

8.50 Discussion

9. 15 Hospitium

Saturday 5th November

3.45 Optional rise for vigils

9.30 Visualising Christianity in sixteenth-century Ireland: the Seanchas Búrcach manuscript: Dr Bernadette Cunningham, Deputy Librarian, RIA

9.55 Reliquaries in Saints’ Lives: Professor Raymond Gillespie, NUI Maynooth

10.20 The Miracle of Lismore: Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, UCC

10.45 Discussion

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Image and Idol: Devotional Statues in Medieval Ireland: Dr Rachel Moss, RIA and TCD.

12.05 Easter and the Eucharist: A study in Franciscan iconography: Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton, UCC

12.40 Making the Arma Christi speak: text and image in late medieval Ireland: Salvador Ryan

1.10 Snack Lunch

2.30 Optional field trips

a) view the relics, stained glass and library of Mount St Joseph Abbey

b) Roscrea Heritage

c) Monaincha

5.30 Vespers

5.55 Sherry Reception hosted by Roscrea Credit Union. Midland launch of Pádraig Ó Riain’s A Dictionary of Irish Saints (Four Courts Press). Dom Laurence Walsh OCSO.

Also honouring the recent publication of Glendalough – City of God.

6.35 Dinner

8.00 Wish I had been present - lecturers share a wish or a comment

8.40 Saturday Colophon: George Cunningham

9.10 Hospitium

Sunday 6th November

9.30 In hoc signo vinces: the story of Holycross Abbey: Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel

9.55 Relics and pilgrims: pilgrimage as a cultural and religious experience: Malgorzata D’Aughton

10.30 Concelebrated High Mass

11.30 Coffee

11.55 European religious imagery in Anthony Gearnon’s Parrthas an Anma (Louvain, 1645): Bernadette Cunningham

12.25 Purgatory and Prayer: Some Devotional Imagery on Irish Tombs: Rachel Moss

12.50 Passports to Paradise: the monastic habit in Late Medieval Ireland: Colmán Ó Clabaigh

1.10 What if? Raymond Gillespie

1.30 Discussion on conference theme

1.40 Summing up and close of conference: George Cunningham

1.55 Lunch

The Roscrea conference is run by Roscrea People in association with Roscrea Heritage Society and with sponsorship from the Office of Public Works.

The brochure is sponsored by AIB Bank, The Square, Roscrea

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Friday 13th April – Sunday 15th April, 2012 Themes: From Citeaux to Roscrea and Celebrating 50 conferences.