|1. Symposia / Historical Safaris
European Heritage campus - 28 July-18 August 1996
"Inventory of the religious
heritage on irih off-shore "holy" islands
Twelve Post-graduate from nine different countries spent three weeks on Clare Island. The Campus in Clare Island drew over two hundred and fifty applicants from all european countries, representing the largest group of applicants to any of the campus programmes.
The final group of 12 participants came from Spain (2), France (2), Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Croatia, Poland (2), the Czech Republic,and Sweden from a diverse range of academic backgrounds,including fine arts and design, architecture, archaeology, sociology,political science and ethnology.
Participants worked on four separate projects:
The Campus was treated to a wonderful introduction to the theme of holy islands and island hermitages by Ireland's leading expert on the subject, Professor Michael Herity. Professor Herity flew in by helicopter and held the Campus spelbound for four hours, having taking time off from a field trip to some of the islands in question.
Despite the changeable weather, the group managed to visit Caher island, the Inishkeas, Inishturk (where they met with members of the Comunity Council, and enjoyed the Inishturk half-set as well as contributing some Spanish Flamenco dancing in return). The Campus rounded off their stay with their own pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick.
The Campus was a tremendous success, not only in terms of the work that was carried out in such a sort space of time, but also as regard the richness of the cultural exchange that occured between the participants and organisers and the local community.