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Reform and Renewal: Ireland and Europe in the Twelfth Century


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The conference

The Rock of Cashel dominates the landscape of the Golden Vale. A great limestone outcrop, it supports one of Ireland's most spectacular and important historical sites: a medieval ecclesiastical complex dedicated to God, St Patrick and St Ailbhe. For centuries the seat of the kings of Munster, the Rock was granted to the Church in 1101 by the reigning king, Muirchertach Ó Briain. Our conference commemorates that event and explores the age of reform and renewal that began at the Synod of Cashel in 1101. The conference takes place in University College Cork and Cashel from Friday 12 October to Sunday 14 October 2001. Lectures in Cork will examine the cultural and political situation of twelfth century Ireland in a wider European context. Events at Cashel will give participants an opportunity to examine closely the Rock's artistic and architectural heritage at first hand: the twelfth century Hiberno-Romanesque Cormac's Chapel; the thirteenth century Cathedral, sacked by Cromwellian forces in 1647; the Hall of the Vicars' Choral, the Round Tower and St Patrick's Cross. On Sunday evening, the monks of Glenstal will close the conference by singing Vespers.


Getting to Cork

There are two main ferry companies sailing to Ireland
Stena Line: All enquiries: Tel. +353 21 272965
Irish Ferries: All Enquiries: Tel. +353 21 551995

Trains (Iarnród Éireann)
Train connections to Cork from Dublin.
All enquiries: Tel +353 21 506766

Buses (Bus Éireann)
Coaches to Cork from airports and other Irish cities
All enquiries: Tel +353 21 508188

It should cost no more than £8 from Cork Airport into the city or university by taxi.

Aer Lingus
Amsterdam 020 6238620
Brussels 02 5489848
Dusseldorf 0211 3230231
Glasgow 0141 2484341
Madrid 91 5414216
Milan 02 7600080
Birmingham 0121 6314680
Copenhagen 33126055
Frankfurt 069 292054
London 081 8994747
Manchester 0161 8325771
New York 516 5775700
Paris 01 47421250
Stockholm 020 7952521
Rome 06 4818518
Zurich 01 2112850
USA/Canada: Conference International Inc. 1-800-2218747 or 617-266-5800



The conference fee is £25. This includes lectures, coffee and social events. The concessional fee available to students and unwaged is £20. For those intending to travel to Cashel from UCC on Saturday 13 October, bus tickets can be purchased for £7. This includes the return fare on Sunday 14 October. Tickets must be booked and paid for in advance.


Accommodation in Cork

This information is provided as a guide: please contact the hotel/hostel/guesthouse directly for up-to-date prices and services.

Tel. No./Fax. No.
Cost B&B per person Single/Sharing
Brookfield Hotel College Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4344032 £35.00 / £25.00 * 
Jurys Hotel Lancaster Quay, Western Road, Cork. Tel: 021-4276622
Fax: 021-4274477
£76.00 / £48.00 (Room only)
Hayfield Manor Hotel Perrott Avenue, College Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4315600
Fax: 021-4316839
£110.00 / £85.00
* Includes use of Leisure Centre
Hostel and Self-Catering
Tel. No./Fax. No.
Cost B&B per person
Brookfield Holiday Village College Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4344032
Fax: 021-4344327
Castlewhite Apartments Gaol Walk, Cork. Tel: 021-4902793
Fax: 021-4344099
Email: asheehan@castlewhite.ucc.ie
Isaacs Hostel 48 MacCurtain Street, Cork. Tel: 021-4508388 £7.95 / £9.25 (no breakfast)
An Óige
Cork International Youth Hostel
Redclyffe, Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4543289 £12.50
Woodland View Hostel Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4343531 £8.00

Tel. No./Fax. No.
Cost B&B per person Single/Sharing
St. Kilda Guest House Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4273095 no single/ £25.00
Garnish House Guest House Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4275111
Fax: 021-4273872
Email: garnish@iol.ie
£40.00/ £25.00-45.00
Victoria Lodge Guesthouse Victoria Cross, Cork. Tel: 021-4542233
Fax: 021-4542572
£36.00 (standard) £40.00 (executive)/ £30.00 sharing
Antoine House Guesthouse Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4273494
Fax: 021-4273092
£30.00 / £25.00
Redclyffe Guest House 4 Redclyffe, Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4273220
Fax: 021-4278382
no singles/ £22.50 sharing
Rossmore House 3 College View Terrace, Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4274908 £22.00 / £20.00
Westbourne House 2 Westbourne Villas, Western Road, Cork Tel.: 021-4276153 no singles / £22.00 sharing
Blarney Stone Bed & Breakfast 1 Carriglee Terrace, Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4270083 £20.00 / £30.00
Killarney House Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4270290 £35.00-60.00/ £25.00-35.00
Roserie Villa 1-2 Roserie Villas, Mardyke Walk, Cork. Tel.: 021-4272958 £27.50 / £25.00
Shandon Bells Western Road, Cork. Tel.: 021-4276242 £25.00 / £22.00
Aaran Isle 14 Dyke Parade, Cork. Tel.: 021-4278158
Fax: 021-4278093
£25.00 / £45.00

  City Centre
Tel. No./Fax. No.
Cost B&B per person Single/Sharing
Imperial Hotel South Mall, Cork. Tel: 021-4274040 Fax: 021-4275375 £65.00 / £85.00 (room only)
Jurys Cork Inn Hotel Anderson's Quay, Cork. Tel.: 021-4276444 Fax: 021-4276144 £60.00 (room only)
Morrisons Island Hotel Morrison's Quay (off South Mall), Cork. Tel.: 021-4275858 Fax: 021-4275833 £59.50 / £45.00
Metropole Hotel MacCurtain Street, Cork. Tel.: 021-4508122 Fax: 021-4506450 £67.00 / £49.50

£= January 2000 prices in Irish pounds. Prices are negotiable in some places, mention UCC and how many nights you would like accommodation.

The above rates all cover bed and breakfast (except where indicated).

Castlewhite Apartments are immediately adjacent to the campus.

The accommodation on College Road, Western Road, Victoria Cross, Dyke Parade is within walking distance of the campus.

The city centre area (MacCurtain St, South Mall, Andersons Quay) is about a mile east of the campus.


Accommodation in Cashel

Information on accommodation in Cashel will be available soon.