In December 2014, Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched Monastic Ireland. www.monastic.ie is an exciting resource for visitors to some of Ireland’s most important medieval monasteries and friaries and for teachers and students to connect them with their local heritage. monastic.ie is a major IRC-funded project on Monastic Ireland involving a partnership between Dr Rachel Moss, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin (Principal Investigator), Dr Edel Bhreathnach, the Discovery Programme and Dr Malgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, the School of History, University College Cork.
The aim of the tourist website, coordinated by Dr Keith Smith, is to provide visitors with access to educational, practical and entertaining information based on high quality historical and archaeological sources. This information is accompanied by a tour of each site. This is a responsive website that can be accessed without charge on laptops, mobile phones and tablets.
The educational resource is a collaboration between Dr Keith Smith and IRC Enterprise Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Danielle O’Donovan and is designed for teachers and students working on local history and archaeological projects. This website highlights the existence of monastic and church sites in every locality in Ireland and how these buildings and landscapes can be used to connect young people with their historic and archaeological environs and help to make them the custodians of their own heritage.