Institute of Technology Carlow and Carlow College, St Patrick’s for Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual


Architecture-of-beliefs-and-rhythms-of-ritualsStudents of the BSc in TV & Media Production at Institute of Technology Carlow last week embarked upon a joint project with 20 Theology students from the Theological Anthropology module in Carlow College, St Patricks for an event entitled Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual

The aim of the project was to explore the construction and realization of religious space in contemporary culture.  Taking ancient and contemporary religious sites in county Carlow as its subject matter, the project looked at questions that arise around spaces and places that are marked out and celebrated as sacred.  Participants in the project analyzed and critiqued a number of such sacred sites that have been set-apart in order to ritualize significant moments of life. The students from I.T. Carlow, accompanied by lecturers Paula Mulroe and Rolf Zaska, recorded the visit to the sites for podcast.

The event included visits to Cranavane Holy Well in Kildavin, Co. Carlow; Ballinacarrig Cemetery; the Romanesque Doorway in Killeshin, as well as Carlow College Library and Chapel.

Architecture of Beliefs and Rhythms of Ritual is the fourth event of the Here Together: Reflections on the South-East project. West Cork based poet James Harpur, who read at each of the sites and in Carlow College, and local Carlow historian Margaret Murphy, joined the group for this inspiring tour of local sites that brought together word, vision, and place.

Paula Mulroe, Lecturer in TV and Media Production at IT Carlow spoke about the joint project, commenting, “The collaboration between the BSc in TV and Media Production at IT Carlow and Carlow College, St Patrick’s, has seen some really creative and innovative projects being produced. We’re delighted to be involved in this event with Carlow College. At first hand it appears to be two very different disciplines working together, theology and radio production, but the collision of faith and technology offers up some really thought provoking material for the productions. Hopefully, when listeners come to hear them they will be awarded time to reflect on their own sacred spaces in the modern world”  

“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.”  commented Michael Sherman, Lecturer in Theology at Carlow College, St Patrick’s.