Cong Abbey. Canons, Canonesses, Characters and Crosses

Cong Abbey. Canons, Canonesses, Characters and Crosses

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A weekend conference exploring the rich heritage of the Abbeys of Cong and Inishmaine.

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Cong Abbey is one of the best-preserved medieval monastic foundations in Ireland. Founded early in the twelfth century by the O’Conor kings of Connacht for the Regular Canons of St Augustine as part of a wide-ranging reform of the Irish Church, it remained the order’s Irish stronghold until the death of its last member, Abbot Patrick Prendergast, in 1829.

Drawing on the expertise of distinguished archaeologists, art historians, archivists and historians, this three-day conference will explore the architectural, artistic, economic, pastoral, and spiritual activities of both the Regular Canons and their female counterparts the Regular Canonesses, in Cong and its environs over a span of seven centuries. Building on recent research on the Augustinian Canons in Ireland, it will situate a much-loved local monument in its wider national and international context.

The Conference will include a series of talks, guided tours of Cong Abbey, a visit to Inishmaine Abbey and social activities. The dates have been chosen to coincide with Heritage Week 2022.

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