Saturday 24 March 2018

Discover the history of North Cork area

A CONFERENCE on the medieval history and archaeology of the North Cork region will be held in the Community Youth Centre this coming weekend.

While speakers will include leading academic historians and archaeologists, the main thrust of the conference is aimed at bringing the results of recent academic research to the general public.

The conference is being organised by Rathcormac archaeologist Eamonn Cotter.

The principal speaker will be the highly-regarded historian and genealogist Dr Paul MacCotter.

Paul, author of the book 'A History of the Medieval Diocese of Cloyne', will discuss the political landscape of North Cork before the Normans and the fortunes of the two leading Norman families in the area, the Roche's and the Condon's.

Other speakers at the conference will cover a variety of topics relating to North Cork and Ireland generally.

Dr Tomas O'Carragain of UCC will deal with the pre-Norman churches of the area, Dr Dagmar O'Riain-Raedel will speak on early saints of the Ballyhoura region, Dr Tadhg O'Keeffe, Professor of Archaeology at UCD, will discuss the Castles of Glanworth and Ballyderown, and Dr Breda Lynch of the OPW will discuss the Cistercians in Ireland, including their monastery at Fermoy.

One session of the conference will concentrate on the important topic of food.

Mick Monk, formerly of UCC, will speak on medieval food production and the topical subject of environmental change while food historian, TV presenter, and writer, Regina Sexton will discuss food and identity in medieval Ireland.

The conference will also include a field trip to sites of interest in the North Cork area.

Further details and booking at, or contact or 086 8173663. All are welcome.