In December 2013 the Monastic Ireland project received funding of €369,000 from the Irish Research Council for its three-year ‘Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement’ research project under the Advanced Project Grant scheme (2013-16). The project’s website was launched by Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 4 December 2014. The project team is currently preparing an international workshop on the project in April 2015 as well as an international Monastic Europe conference in Ennis, in August 2015. The project is led by Dr Rachel Moss, TCD (Project Investigator) and Dr Edel Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme (Project Assistant) and Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, School of History, UCC. Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye is the IRC post-doctoral fellow on the project, with Dr Keith Smith and Dr Mirian Clyne being the postdoctoral research assistants.
The aim of the tourist website is to provide visitors with access to educational, practical and entertaining information based on high quality historical and archaeological information. This information is accompanied by a tour of each site.
The educational resource is for teachers and students wishing to develop local history and archaeological projects. This website revolves around the existence of monastic and church sites in every locality in Ireland and how these buildings and landscapes can be used to connect young people with their historic and archaeological environs and make them the custodians of their own heritage