Monastic Ireland is a major research and tourism project relating to the archaeology, architecture and history of the monasteries and friaries of medieval Ireland. There are two aspects to Monastic Ireland, namely, the creation of a cultural tourist website for visitors to these sites and research on key periods in their history and their place in the Irish landscape. The tourism resource has been funded by Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Irish Research Council awarded the academic aspect of the project one of its major Irish Research Council Advanced Research Project Grants for 2013-16.
The IRC project involves a partnership between the Discovery Programme, the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, Dublin and the School of History at University College Cork. The Monastic Ireland project also links into surveying projects conducted in recent years by the Discovery Programme in collaboration with the National Monuments Service (DAHG) and the Office of Public Works on Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow and at Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly. The Monastic Ireland project is also part of a partnership with Monastic Wales based at the University of Trinity St Davids, Lampeter and University of Leida, Barcelona. www.monastic.ie and www.monasticwales.org
Team: Edel Bhreathnach (Discovery Programme), Rachel Moss (PI), Annejulie Lafaye, Keith Smith, Miriam Clyne (Trinity College Dublin), Malgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton