17th Medieval Dublin Symposium 16 May 2015

Recap on a recent Friends of Medieval Dublin event:

The 17th Friends of  Medieval Dublin annual symposium took place on 16 May 2015 at the Robert Emmet Theatre in Trinity College Dublin.


A packed auditorium & Four Courts’ Book Stall at the 17th Medieval Dublin Symposium

17th FMD Symposium Poster 2015 Final

This year’s symposium featured a paper by Bernard Meehan, Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, on a exciting recent acquisition of a St Mary’s Abbey manuscript that has finally returned to Dublin after 400 years abroad.

A recent interview with Bernard Meehan, Seán Duffy and Jane Maxwell in the Independent explains that:

‘The manuscript was produced after a devastating fire at the Abbey in 1304 and details life inside the walls.

It also includes an account of the Trojan War, detailed descriptions of the topography of Ireland and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘The History of the Kings of Britain’.’

Duffy, Maxwell and Meehan St Marys Abbey Manuscript

 St Mary's Abbey manuscript

An excerpt from the manuscript

Topics covered in this year’s symposium included investigations of the Columban legacy of Lambay (Gabriel Cooney), and outlined findings from excavations in suburban Dublin (Paul Duffy) and Swords Castle gatehouse (Mark Moraghan).

Other papers examined the composition of Dublin’s late medieval urban society (Brian Coleman), and Hugh II de Lacy’s thirteenth-century rebellion (Daniel Brown), while Dublin’s literary heritage was explored in papers on a so-called chason de geste of Brian Boru (Catherine Swift), and the story of a dragon terrorising medieval Dubliners (Caoimhe Whelan).