Monastic Ireland.

Monastic Ireland

Monastic Ireland is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. We are working towards testing the new site in Spring 2013.

This site is a prototype to allow interested visitors to view the project as it develops.
Please be aware that this is not a completed project, and we look forward to unveiling the new and improved Monastic Ireland site very soon.

The Monastic Ireland project

The first phase of the project was the creation of a database and website which can be used as both a research and a teaching tool. This will be regularly updated and expanded; the interactive element in the design enables external participation. It will eventually comprise a full bibliography of primary sources and secondary literature, links to relevant web-published material and research tools, and reports on related work in progress.

The Project seeks also to encourage new research into aspects of Irish monastic history and to provide a platform for unpublished material and new work. Essays and articles will be available to users on the website.


The main database currently contains:

  • details of 277 monastic sites
  • 241 photographs
  • 19 biographical records
  • 195 bibliographic records of written sources
  • details of 209 archival sources
  • details of 507 events in the history of the monastic sites and houses
Muckross Abbey, Co. Kerry