Friday 22nd May (Bangor Abbey)

  • 09:30 AM

(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)
Chair: TBA

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)