Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2013
St. Ciarán’s National School, Clonmacnoise.
Friday 6pm Welcome
Registration. and Refreshments.
6.30pm Introduction “Legacy of the Monks”
Speaker: Fred Carney.
7.15 The Great Emergence into Europe.
Speaker: Ray Simpson
Founding Guardian of the International Community
of St Aiden and Hilda, Lindisfarne.
8.00pm Exploring a Clonmacnoise Summer School in 2014
Reconnecting with European Monastic Sites.
Chair: Sandy Dunlop
9.30pm Music and Craic at Killeens, Shannonbridge.
Saturday 10.30am Monastic Life in the Dark Ages
Speaker Gavin Duffy
AudioVisual presentation of life
in Clonmacnoise 1500 years ago with
11.30am Visit to Monastic Site at Clonmacnoise.
Guide: John O’Regan.
1.30pm Lunch in Killeens Shannonbridge.
2.30pm Visit to St Brendan’s Clonfert Cathedral.
Invite Celtic Monastic communities from Europe to reconnect with their Irish Heritage The monastic settlements of Clonmacnoise and Clonfert which are both adjacent to the River Shannon were major settlements and their legacy was far reaching in terms of Education, Celtic Christainity , Arts and Crafts, Scriptoria, and the Preservation and Teaching of both the Spititual and Classical knowledge.
To regenerate and advocate interest in the legacy of Clonmacnoise and Irish Monasteries
To build a network of connections in other countries which would have an common interest
To research and engage with Monastic sites in Europe which have a cultural, ecclesiastical or historical connection with Irish Monasteries.
To Connect with Universities and build on Clonmacnoises status as europes first University
To build a series of events at Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge which will bring visitors, including Seminars and Lectures, Autumn School, Arts and Music and Academical studies etc
To apply for twinning between Clonmacnoise and European Monastic Settlements