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The National University of Ireland

49 Merrion Square East

Dublin 2

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One-day multidisciplinary symposium assessing the cult of relics in Ireland from various perspectives (archaeological, historical, philological, liturgical etc).

Attendance is free but booking essential.

Funded by the NUI as part of the NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Irish/Celtic Studies.

All welcome!

Programme (subject to change):

9:30 am – 10am Registration and welcome

Session 1 10am – 11:30 am Chair Emer Purcell(NUI)

Paul Mullarkey (National Museum of Ireland)‘Irish book shrines: an open or closed case?’

Cormac Bourke (formerly Ulster Museum) ‘The shrine of St Brigid’s shoe: date, context and significance’

Griffin Murray(UCC) ‘Early crosiers as relics in the later Medieval period’

11:30am – 11.50am Tea/coffee break

Session 2 11.50am – 1:20pm Chair Dáibhí Ó Cróinín(NUI Galway)

Neil Xavier O’Donoghue (SPCM, Maynooth) ‘Relics and the liturgy in early Medieval Ireland’

Tomás Ó Carragáin(UCC) ‘Altars, tombs and cenotaphs. Leachta and the cult of saints in early medieval Ireland’

Nike Stam (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) ‘The bilingual nature of relics: “i scrín Phoil ocus Phetair nobetis istæ reliquie”’

1:20 – 2:15 pm Lunch break (light lunch provided)

Session 3 2:15pm – 3:45pm Chair Elva Johnston(UCD)

Charles Doherty(formerly UCD) ‘Relations between Leinster and Armagh in the seventh century’

Kate Colbert(UCC) ‘Exploring Relig na n-Aingel: relics, sculpture and ecclesiastical power at Clonmore’

Raghnall Ó Floinn(formerly National Museum of Ireland) ‘Medieval body part relics and reliquaries of Irish saints’

3:45pm – 4:05 Tea/coffee break

Plenary lecture 4:05pm –4:45pm

Janneke Raaijmakers (Universiteit Utrecht) ‘Ascetics and relics in the early Middle Ages’

Followed by open discussion/meeting moderated by NiamhWycherley (Maynooth University)‘The future of the study of relics in Medieval Ireland’

5:30pm Wine reception

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