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Ferns Heritage Conference

12th - 13th March 2016



Gaelic kings and Norman warlords will be the subject of this major conference to be held in Ferns, the Ancient Capital of Leinster. The conference is entitled 'Gaelic Capital and Norman Stronghold - Ferns and the transformation of Ireland'. The two day symposium will explore Wexford's transformation from Gaelic kingdom to Norman lordship.

Conference Speakers

Archaeologists and historians from Ireland and Scotland, all experts in their individual fields, will deliver papers at the Conference and the Q & A sessions will give conference attendees a full opportunity to participate.

Conference Programme

09.30 Registration

10.00 Opening Address

10.15 Dr. Edel Bhreathnach:

Two Ambitious Kings in Ferns: Diarmait macMáil na mBó (d.1072) and Diarmait macMurchada (d.1171)’.

10.45 Dr. Ger Dowling:
'Exploring the 'hidden’ monastic landscapes of Ferns, Co. Wexford and Kilmacduagh, Co. Galway'

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Prof Elizabeth Fitzpatrick ‘

‘The Gaelic elite landscapes of Cnoc an Bhogha and Leac MhicEochadha, Co. Wexford’

12.15 Q & A Session, followed by lunch

14.15 Dr. Stephen Harrison:

‘Anglo Norman Settlement in the South-East – from Mottes to Manors’.

14.45 Dr. Adrian Empey:
‘William Marshal and the restructuring of the Lordship of Leinster ‘

15.15 Q & A Session

15.30 Morgan Kavanagh:
'Borris House: ancestral home, modern challenge'

15.45 Dr. Eamonn McEneaney:

‘Museums without boundaries – making a future for our past’

16.15 Coffee

16.45 Open Forum Discussion - led by Michael Starrett, CEO, Heritage (or option of tour of Ferns Castle)[/b}

17.30 Address by H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador.

17.55 Close & Thanks

18.00 Wine Reception (plus second chance for Castle tour)

19.00 Conference Dinner in The Courtyard, Ferns.


For full details of the Conference Programme and information on Sunday's Field Trips, click here to download a full programme Ferns Conference Programme

Conference Organisation

The Conference is being organised by local community group The Ferns Heritage Project Group, a Sub Committee of Ferns Development Association and supported by Wexford County Council. It will explore the various dimensions of the events of this turbulent period of Irish history and will reveal new findings from the most recent geo-physical study of the ancient monastic centre.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place in Ferns Castle Visitor Centre. Because seating is limited, with just 50 seats available, booking is essential and seating will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Conference Costs:

Conference fee €25 (including lunch). Optional extras include a Conference Dinner on Saturday evening at a cost of €25 and Field trips on Sunday @ €15.

To make a booking


Step 1. Follow this link Ferns Heritage Conference Email
Step 2. In the email, state which events you are interested in attending i.e.:
  1. Conference €25
  2. Conference Dinner €25
  3. Field Trips €15

Step 3. Please provide your contact information.
Step 4. Send email

On receipt of your booking request, we will be in touch to confirm availability and advise payment method. Thank you for your interest

More information:

For more information
Ph: 087-4189740 or email Ferns Heritage Conference

Click here to download Ferns Conference Poster

Follow this link to view accommodation in and around the Ferns area
Accommodation Providers

For more information email: fernsheritageconference@gmail.comnull