St Thomas’s Abbey Conference


FMD is delighted to announce that the St Thomas’s Abbey Conference, sponsored by the South Central Area office of Dublin City Council, will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at St Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

The medieval abbey of St Thomas the Martyr, established outside the walls of Dublin in the twelfth century, played a vital role in the development of the town’s western suburbs. Though no physical remains survive of this royal foundation, it is remembered in the name of the street close to where it once stood: Thomas Street. These papers will examine the historical, theological, archaeological and architectural significance of this religious institution.

The event is free and no pre-booking is required.



09.30 Registration and opening remarks, Howard Clarke

9.45 The Sacred and the Profane – preliminary results of archaeological excavations at 30 & 32- 36, Thomas Street, Paul Duffy

10.25 Thomas Becket and the Invasion of Ireland, Michael Staunton

11.05 Tea & coffee

11.25 The foundation and early history of the Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr, Marie Therese Flanagan

12.05 St Thomas’s Abbey and the chronology of Early English Gothic in Ireland, Tadhg O’Keeffe

12.45 Lunch 14.00 For the Love of God and Neighbour: the lifestyle of the Canons of St Thomas’s Abbey, Colmán Ó Clabaigh

14.40 St Thomas’s Abbey and the City of Dublin in the late medieval period, Áine Foley

15.20 Tea & coffee

15. 35 The Augustinians and their architecture, Roger Stalley

16.10 Old and new monastic communities in Dublin in the twelfth century, Edel Bhreathnach

16.50 Summation of the day, Cathy Scuffil