Roscrea Spring Conference will take place at Mount St Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Friday the 10th of April to Sunday the 12th of April 2015. This will be the 56th consecutive conference The Conference Fee is €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. Apply to the Abbot MSJ. Full board at Mount St. Joseph main guesthouse and Clairvaux: €190 per person sharing (includes conference fee as above with accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights; supper on Friday evening; breakfast, snack lunch and dinner with wine on Saturday; breakfast and full lunch with wine on Sunday); single supplement €10 extra per night. Conference organiser and director, George Cunningham, FSA., MLitt., MA (h.c., NUI Galway), Parkmore, Roscrea.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Roscrea conferences are run by Roscrea People in association with Roscrea Heritage Society. This conference on the Céli Dé is being run in association with The Moore Institute at NUI Galway with An tOllamh Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha acting as consulting director. Further details on accommodation and attendance (part attendance is possible) available from Kevin Daly ocso, guest master Mt St Joseph,0505 25600; email@example.com; www.msjroscrea.ie.
From Mississippi to Roscrea!
Strange as it may seem the keynote speaker at the forthcoming 56th conference, Dr Westley Follett is coming from the University of Southern Mississippi to talk at Roscrea on the weekend after Easter, 10th-12th April at Mt St Joseph Abbey. The theme of the 56th conference is The Céli Dé, commonly known as Culdees, an hermitical group of monks in early Christian Ireland. They formed part of the communities of Roscrea, Lorrha, Clonenagh and Tallaght, among other places, for centuries. Dr Follett has written the definitive study of them and is being brought to Ireland in association with the Moore Institute NUIG (with whom this conference is being run). But he is not the only international scholar who will graced the monastic stage for Roscrea's 56th. Famed Poor Clare scholar Sr Francisca Rumsey returns from London and two NI scholars, Dr Brian Lambkin and Dr Kay Muhr join the gathering to speak on diverse elements of the theme. But that is not all: a young Chilean scholar from Santiago de Chile in South America also comes to Roscrea via NUIG to speak on aspects of the community of the Céli Dé. Irish scholars Prof Pádraig Ó Riain UCC and An tOllamh Mairín Ní Dhonnchadha also return and are joined by Dr John Feehan who lectures on A Place of the Céli Dé. Professor Máirin Ní Dhonnchadha whose mother a Bergin hails from Cooleeshall, is the consulting director assisting George Cunningham with this particular programme. George feels that this the 56th consecutive gathering will be well up there with all the previous successes at Roscrea. The international dimension is truly unique for a small provincial Irish town. But as he says, 'Why not. It has been my privilege down the years to bring the best and most up to date scholarship to our area.'
The conference honours two recently published books on the Saturday evening at a reception before dinner: John Feehan's masterful Landscape of Clonmacnoise and Pádraig Ó Riain's Four Tipperary Saints (Crónán, Colum, Ruadhan and Mocheamóg). On that Saturday afternoon the conference visits Lorrha, home of the Stowe Missal where the prior of Glenstal, Fr Brendan Coffey will give a talk on the missal and its finding. Elements from the missal will also be incorporated into the conventual Mass on the Sunday morning at the Abbey.
As usual the conference is run by Roscrea People in association with Roscrea Heritage Society. Part attendance is possible to all talks and events.
The full programme reads:
Friday 10th April
6.00 Snack supper and registration
6.30 Reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society
7.25 Fáilte go Mt St Joseph Abbey
Dom Laurence Walsh ocso, Prior of MSJ
7.35 Sons of Life: the Community of St Máel Ruain of
Tallaght - an introduction to the medieval Céli Dé
Dr Westley Follett, University of Southern
8.10 Place-Names of the Céli Dé, especially looking at the
wider context of the elements tamlachtae (Tallaght)
and dísert (Disert Diarmata).
Dr Kay Muhr, Ulster Place-Name Society
8.40 A Place of the Céli Dé
Dr John Feehan, author and environmentalist
Saturday 11th April
3.45 Optional rise for vigils
9.25 The Tallaght Memoir: structure and source analysis.
9.50 Southern bias in Tallaght texts’
Dr Padraig Ó Riain, Professor Emeritus of Old and
Middle Irish, UCC
10.20 The Céli Dé - Ascetics or Mystics?
Sr Francisca /Dr Patricia Rumsey, Lecturer, Sarum
11.25 The Poems of Blathmac and the Céli Dé
Dr Brian Lambkin (Director, Mellon Centre for
Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park,
11.55 Concepts of Martyrdom and the Céli Dé
An tOllamh Mairín Ní Dhonnchadha, NUI Galway
12 25 Sacred and Profane Love - Friendship and Intimacy
among the Céli Dé
Exequiel Monge Allen, NUIG PhD student and
Director of the Centre for Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and
Norse Studies in Santiago de Chile.
12.55 Introduction to the field trip to Lorrha……
1.10 Snack lunch
2.30 Field trip to Lorrha
3.30 At Lorrha: The Stowe Missal and the Monastery of
Brendan Coffey osb, Glenstal Abbey
5.55 Sherry Reception to honour the publications:
Four Tipperary Saints by Prof Pádraig Ó Riain
(Four Courts Press);
The Landscape of Clonmacnoise by John Feehan
(Offaly Co Co)
8.00 Wish I had been present
Lecturers share a wish or a comment
8.40 The Saturday Colophon
Sunday 12th April
9.30 Deprecatio Sancti Martini….a prayer of the faithful
from the Stowe Missal Brendan Coffey
9.40 Óengus’s Oddities Pádraig Ó Riain
10.05 The Company of the Bright-Realmed King – Oengus’s
understanding of Holiness Sr Francisca
10.30 Community High Mass
11.55 Under the rule of the anmchara: soul-friendship and
Exequiel Monge Allen
12.10 Secular Friendship in Medieval Ireland
Máirín Ní Dhonnchada
12.25 The tears, blood, and sweat of the Céli Dé
12.40 Christianisation of the Irish Landscape through placenames
12.55 Researching the Céli Dé..the way ahead?
1.15 Summing up and close of conference