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As a part of The Óenach Project a conference will be held by the Department of Archaeology University College Cork on the 24th and 25th of March. This conference will examine the nature and archaeological manifestation of assembly practices in Ireland, alongside the role of the Óenach in early Irish society. All are welcome and attendance is free. To register, please email your name and contact details to

The conference will take place in Boole 1, located in the Boole Basement lecture theaters on the main campus off Western Road. This is marked number 10 on this campus map: UCC Campus Map

Confirmed speakers are:

Edel Bhreathnach (UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute) ‘The Revival of an óenach: a political policy in early Ireland?’

Alexandra Bergholm (Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki) ‘Assemblies and funeral games: re-reading the literary evidence’

Niamh Carty (UCC Department of Archaeology) ‘Osteological Evidence for Interpersonal Violence at Assembly Sites’

Denis Casey (Dept. of ASNC, University of Cambridge) ‘Eleventh-Century Leinster politics in the dindshenchas of Óenach Carmain’

Ger Dowling (The Discovery Programme) ‘Archaeological investigations at the ‘royal’ enclosure of Ráith Airthir, Teltown’

Stephen Harrison (School of History TCD) ‘The Thing about Mottes – the dead, the living and the Dublin assembly’

Patrick Gleeson (UCC Dept. of Archaeology) Kingship and Óenaige: comparative perspectives on assembly and landscapes of governance

Brian Lacey (The Discovery Programme) ‘Ráith Maige Oenaig in Donegal’

Paul MacCotter (UCC Dept. of History) ‘Óenach sites: the onomastic evidence’

Kevin Murray (UCC Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish) ‘Óenach in the early documentary sources’

James O’Driscoll (UCC Dept. of Archaeology) ‘Garranes Ringfort: An early medieval minor royal site in Munster’

Enda O Flaherty (NUIG Dept. of Archaeology) ‘Archaeological Watermarks: Turlough Floodplains as communal spaces and places of assembly’

Terry O’Hagan (UCD Dept. of Archaeology) ‘Óenaige by any other name: Popular assembly sites in Tírechán’s Collectanea’

Roseanne Schot (NUIG Dept. of Archaeology) ‘River deep, mountain high: transcending boundaries in the assembly landscape of Uisneach’

Cathy Swift (Mary I, UL) ‘Meeting with the Taxing Master: Renders and Recitations at an Irish óenach’.

The conference Poster is available here: Landscapes of Assembly Poster

A preliminary programme and timetable is available here: LOA Conference Final Programme

View south from the 'Knockans' on hill of Teltown


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