Material culture of the Mendicant Orders in Ireland pre-1829

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Title: Material culture of the Mendicant Orders in Ireland pre-1829
Authors: Breathnach, Edel
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2485
Date: 2010
Abstract: This paper reports on the material culture of the Mendicant Orders in Ireland pre-1829 project which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The project, undertaken from July to December 2009, continues the work done under a major project conducted from 2004 to 2008 and funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). The original project, whose main objective was to create a full inventory of portable objects pre-dating catholic emancipation in the possession of the mendicant orders in Ireland, identified 422 such liturgical objects. The remit of the IVRLA demonstrator projects was to provide digital research resources and to show how digital repositories could not only provide access to archival research materials but could also present material in new ways and suggest themes for further research. Hence, the focus of the current IVRLA research project was on completing the data entry from the earlier project, reviewing all data for accuracy, considering security and technical issues, and making material accessible through the IVRLA. This paper gives an overview of the historical context of the mendicant orders in Ireland, details the work done (under both phases of the project) in creating the resource now provided by the IVRLA project, comments on the complex heritage management issues raised by the cataloguing of these objects, and suggests ways in which this research could be further developed.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
Keywords: Mendicant Orders;Religious history
Subject LCSH: Friars--Ireland--Electronic information resources
Religious articles--Ireland--Databases
Liturgical objects--Ireland--Databases
Digital libraries--Research
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Research and resources in a digital age : UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
Appears in Collections:UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive Working Papers

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