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Cong Abbey Conference: Canons, Canonesses, Characters and Crosses

19 August, 8pm - 11pm
20 August, 9am - 6pm
21 August, 10am - 2pm

Cong Moytura Heritage Society

  • Crossroads Community Centre
  • Gortaroe, Cong
  • F31 PY97
  • Co. Mayo

Cong Abbey: Canons, Canonesses, Characters and Crosses Conference will draw on the expertise of archaeologists, art historians, archivists and historians to explore the rich heritage of Cong Abbey and its impact on this area between Loughs Corrib and Mask.

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.

This weekend 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 and promote interest in the Abbey as a focus for heritage tourism.

This is the first time that Cong Abbey has been the subject of a conference and we are excited about the range of heritage disciplines that will be explored in this conference. Please see our conference website at www.congabbeyconference.com for more details and conference booking.

A guided tour of Cong Abbey is included as part of the conference on Saturday evening, 20 August.

A free Shuttle bus will be available from the Crossroads Community Centre, Cong, on Sunday morning, 21 August, from 9am to Inishmaine Abbey for the Mass and Tour.



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