Aims of the Society
"The object of the Society shall be to locate, preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the antiquities, records and traditions connected with the territory comprised within the ancient Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the modern Diocese of Meath."
Annual Subscription €25
Your subscription includes a copy of the current edition of Ríocht na Midhe, the annual journal of the society. Packed with interesting articles and book reviews it is a 'must' for anyone with an interest in this area.
€2,000 in Prizes for Postgraduate Research
The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Meath County Council Heritage Forum offer four prizes of €500 each for postgraduate research in any discipline, commencing in or after September 2011, devoted wholly or in significant part to any aspect of the heritage (archaeology, history, literature, etc.) of the Meath-Westmeath region.
Entries should be submitted in the form of one or more articles for publication in Ríocht na Midhe. Each entry must be vouched for by the writer's Supervisor of Research. Adjudication will be by a panel appointed by MAHS.
Next M. A. H. S. Programme Event.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st 2018
Launch of Ríocht na Midhe 2018
By Most Rev Dr Michael Smith (Patron)
followed by lecture -
“MEDIEVAL CHANT FOR IRISH SAINTS - RECOVERING A HIDDEN EUROPEAN HERITAGE”
Dr Ann Buckley (Trinity College)
Ardboyne Hotel, Navan - 7.30pm
Reception and book fair – members
and guests: 6.30-7.30pm
Stories about Irish saints and their missionary activities are well known from accounts of their lives and miracles, and the places associated with them. Examples include our three national saints, Patrick, Brigit, Columcille, and many others; as also the Peregrini pro Christo who, while born and educated in Ireland, spent their adult lives in permaent exile to preach in foreign lands. Among these are Columbanus of Bobbio (Italy), Gall of St Gallen (Switzerland), Kilian of Würzburg (Germany), Fursa of Péronne (France). Their memory has been preseved in many parts of Europe and is still maintained up to and including today in church services and popular devotion; through doing the ‘rounds’ at holy wells; going on pilgrimage to the sites of their foundations; and the preservation and veneration of their relics. As well as these physical remains, however, there is also a large and little known related heritage in the form of manuscripts containing chants in their honour which were specially composed for singing at Mass and the Divine Office on their feast days. The lecture will address this historical legacy. The presentation will be illustrated with recordings of a selection of the chants.
Dr Ann Buckley is a musicologist and medievalist based at Trinity College Dublin. In addition to research and writing, she collaborates with singers in Ireland and internationally in performances and recordings of her work on medieval chant for Irish saints. She particularly welcomes opportunities for public engagement.
Inquiries to Tom French, Hon Sec., 087 4119633, or Julitta Clancy, PRO, tel 01 8259438
Schools of the Ríocht by Dr Christopher McCormack.
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