(Bangor Abbey 09:30–13:00)
Session 1 Public talk: the Archaeology of Columbanus’s Ireland (Bangor Abbey, St. Malachy’s Way) Chair: TBA
10:00–10:30 The political landscape of 6th century Ireland.
(Patrick Gleeson, National University of Ireland, Galway)
10:30–11:00 The Church in 6th century Ireland.
11:00–11:30 Ireland and the outside world: wine, olive oil, dye, shoes and hunting dogs. (Ian Doyle, The Heritage Council)
Session 2 Construction of identity (Council Chamber, Bangor Town Hall)
15:00–15:30 Keynote Address: TBA
(Patrick Geary, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University)
16:00–16:30 Columbanus, Bobbio and the Lombard Identity between sixth and seventh Century. (Alessandro Zironi, Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne, Università di Bologna)
16:45–17:15 Columbanus and Jerome.
(Clare Stancliffe, Reader in Ecclesiastical History, Depts History and Theology & Religion, Durham University)
17:15–17:45 Columbanian monasticism — did it exist?
(Albrecht Diem, Dept. of History, Syracuse University)
18:00–18:30 Reception and Launch of Bangor Bell exhibition (North Down Museum)
19:00–20:00 Opening of Conference (Bangor Town Hall & North Down Museum complex) Professor Jean-Michel Picard, President Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy Cllr Andrew Muir, Mayor of North Down Borough Council
Inaugural Address: Columbanus and his legacy (provisional title)
(Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Reception (Craig Room, Bangor Castle)