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The Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI) was established in September 2007 by Dr Ann Buckley of NUI Maynooth, and Dr Carrie Griffin, Department of English, UCC. Ann and Carrie (who conceived of the forum at their first ever meeting !) agreed that, despite the wealth and scope of Medieval and Renaissance studies, there still lacked a common point of contact for dialogue and fellowship amongst scholars and teachers who are located here in Ireland and, in particular, for those who may be on the fringes of large academic departments or centres and those who work independently of an institution.

It was out of these concerns that FMRSI was born. FMRSI is intended to act as a resource for teachers, researchers and students of early and Early Modern literature, language, history, and culture ; who are on this island ; to bring people together in the spirit of community and collaboration. Through this, our new website, we hope to promote Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland and enhance the profile of our activities – and those of our members – and to enhance it both nationally and internationally. We intend to highlight activities and events (colloquia and conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures and talks, exhibitions, concerts, launches, etc.) through our website, bringing these to the wider public notice and encouraging the involvement of interested parties outside of the “academy.”