American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Conference

Call for Papers: The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Irish Conference

Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick,

September 22nd-24th, 2017

The Ireland Conference of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies is the second meeting of the Society in Ireland, and it hopes to advance leading scholarship on the period between c. 500-1650 AD from medievalists working in Ireland and the United States. The organizers welcome proposals for the 2017 congress on papers addressing any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Possible topics of exploration might include settlement and landscape studies, monastic practice and foundation, hagiography, gender theory, ecocritical approaches, material culture, law, Hiberno-Latin textual culture, or medieval Anglo-Irish texts.

Interested participants should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Brian Ó Broin, President of ASIMS, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 1st, 2017. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their acceptance by March 31st, 2017.

ASIMS is a multi-disciplinary society promoting trans-Atlantic collaboration in research on medieval Ireland. The Society sponsors regular panels for current Irish research at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo, MI, and is represented at regional conferences in the USA, such as the South-Eastern Medievalists Association (SEMA). In addition, ASIMS publishes Eolas, a peer reviewed journal advancing the interdisciplinary and international study of Irish medieval studies. Eolas is cataloged by EBSCO and available in digital format at JSTOR.

Draft National Landscape Strategy

IPMAG welcomes the publication in July by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht of the Draft National Landscape Strategy. The National Strategy looks to both urban and rural settings. It will be an opportunity to consider post-medieval archaeology as part of a landscape strategy for Ireland, highlight defined landscape characterisations for post-1700 monuments and to have an input into the development of policies, assessment and awareness of the need to protect and preserve modern historic cultural heritage within Ireland's diverse landscape.


As stated within the Draft National Landscape Strategy, the objectives are to:

  • implement the European Landscape Convention by integrating landscape into our approach to sustainable development;
  • establish and embed a process of gathering, sharing and interpreting scientific, technical and cultural information in order to carry out evidence-based identification and description of the character, resources and processes of the landscape;
  • provide a policy framework, which will put in place measures at national, sectoral - including agriculture, tourism, energy and marine - and local level, together with civil society, to manage, protect and properly plan through high quality design for the sustainable stewardship of our landscape;
  • ensure that we take advantage of opportunities to implement policies relating to landscape use that are complementary and mutually reinforcing and that conflicting policy objectives are avoided in as far as possible.

There are six key visions within the Strategy - 1) to have landscape recognised in law; 2) to formulate a national landscape character assessment approach; 3) devise policies for our landscape characterisations; 4) to raise awareness of our landscape; 5) develop educational and training needs and 6) encourage public participation in the assessment, enjoyment and protection of our landscape. 

Direct link:


Link to Heritage Council's site, with background to the Landscape Strategy:

Review of IPMAG XIV by the Chair

Greetings everyone,

 IPMAG’s 2014 conference had the theme of Urbanism: Archaeological Considerations of Culture c. 1500-1900, held in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick. It was very well attended considering that Limerick was hit with some of the worst floods in recent times, but testament to the interesting line up of speakers. The conference commenced with a highly informative tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral on the Friday night, led by Noreen Ellerker. 14 papers covering a range of subjects over the two days discussed varied aspects of urban post-medieval archaeology. These included settlement within an urban setting but also as seen through island community development and depletion on Inishark or links across the Atlantic as evidenced by fortifications on the western fringes of Connemara; DCAL’s project researching the Plantation of Ulster was discussed as were conservation projects involving the restoration of historic ironwork to larger sites like Dysert O’Dea Castle in Co. Clare and King’s Island in Limerick City; the story of Ms Emily Sharman was explained through the excavation of her burial site within St Mary’s Cathedral; Cultural tourism was teased out with respect to presentation of buildings to the public as was the development of Moore Abbey from its Cistercian origins to the Plantation era mansion and later 18th century residence of the Earls of Drogheda; The Cork International Exhibition of 1902 was brought to life by tracing the building programme involved while the practical side of public utilities in a 19th century North Cork market town was discussed; while specifically dealing with events in the Abbeyfeale and Castleisland areas in the 19th century, the wider important and hitherto neglected study of horse-drawn transport was presented; the contribution of US  Naval archives to the transformation of Derry during World War II was followed by the final paper of the conference which presented the archaeological evidence from St. Thomas’ Church on Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin.


Thanks go to the organising committee of the Conference this year, to the Absolute Hotel for hosting the event, to those who presented and to all who weathered the storms to attend.


Following the AGM, there were new changes to IPMAG:

After many years of tireless work, Tracy Collins stepped down as Chair, Frank Coyne as Secretary and Audrey Horning as Newsletter editor. They are due huge thanks for all their hard work to IPMAG to date. The new line up is: Chair – Connie Kelleher, Secretary – Elena Turk and Newletter Editor – Franc Myles.

Post 1700 monuments in Ireland


It was with some sense of dismay that IPMAG learnt recently of the proposed de-listing of post-1700 archaeological monuments by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Read our response to the minister here [16/9/2011].

Website Rebuild


Once every few years, people tend to take stock of what they have and decide that it's time for an upgrade. Like a phone or a car, everything needs to be upgraded when it's time to put the old one out to pasture.

So it's with that that we are delighted to announce that we are currently in the process of rebuilding and redesigning our website. We are working closely with the team at Ireland Website Design to create a site that will give us a better presence on the web.

Next Event


Summer 2017 field trip - details TBC


Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
University of Ulster
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