Podcast on monastic communities in 12th century Dublin

Listen to Dr Edel Bhreathnach CEO of the Discovery Programme talking about ‘Old and new monastic communities in Dublin in the twelfth century’ on this podcast from ‘The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr’ conference.

Dublin was a hub of experimentation in monasticism in Ireland during the eleventh and twelfth centuries with the arrival of a wave of new orders into the town. The current narrative suggests that there may have been an earlier ‘monastery’ in situ since the seventh century and certainly large ecclesiastical settlements lay in Dublin’s greater hinterland. This paper addresses the formation of monastic communities in Dublin especially from the 1030s to the 1160s.


This is a podcast from a Dublin City Council symposium on the history of The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr.