Here Together: Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual - 15th March

Here Together: Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual will take place as follows:

Here Together: Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual 
Carlow Campus  Friday 15th March 
Location: Various locations
Time: 10.30am - 2.15pm


Our use of sacred spaces exhibits an implicit theology and reflects a foundational understanding of the human condition. We see this reflected, for example, in changes to these spaces as they are modified in harmony with the changing dynamics of contemporary culture. Historically, the design and structure of sacred spaces have often reflected a hierarchial, Platonic worldview; this, however, of late, has been modified and adapted so as to reflect a new social ordering that is centered on the communal, which rhymes better with contemporary culture. It will be evident that sacred spaces and the people who inhabit them are constantly subject to change.

This project will explore the construction and realisation of religious space in contemporary cutlure. Taking ancient and contemporary religious sites of County Carlow as its subject matter, the project will look at questions that arise around spaces and places that are marked out and celebrated as sacred. Participants in the project will analyze and critique a number of such sacred sites that have been set a part in order to ritualise significant moments of life.

James Harpur, a poet based in West Cork will read at the sites and in the college. Local Carlow artist, Bridget Flannery, will also accompany us on the trip. We will visit three sites of campus and two sites on campus. The off campus sites are: Cranavane Holy Well in Kildavin, Co. Carlow; Ballinacarrig Cemetery; and the Romanesque Doorway in Killeshin. The sites on Carlow College campus are: the College Library and the College Chapel.

There will be two groups of students taking part: 20 Theology students from the Theological Anthroology module in Carlow College, St Patrick's and a number of students from the TV and Media Productions of I.T Carlow. We will be joined by our colleagues in I.T Carlow Paula Mulroe and Rolf Zaska. The students from I.T Carlow will record the visit to the sites for Podcast.

  • 10:30 am: Tea and Coffee in Carlovian Dining Hall.
  • 11:00 am: Depart Carlow College for Cranavane Holy Well. Arrive at 11:30am.
  • 12:10 pm: Depart Cranavane Holy Well for Ballinacarrig Cemetery. Arrive at 12:40 pm.
  • 1:00 pm: Depart Ballinacarrig Cemetery for Killeshin Romanesque Doorway. Arrive at 1:15pm.
  • 1:35pm: Depart Killeshin for Carlow College. Arrive at 1:45pm.
  • 1:45 pm: Lunch.
  • 2:15pm: Visit to the College Library followed by a short talk, reflections on the site visits, and poetry reading in the College Chapel. To conclude at 3:00pm.