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Material and Cultural Heritages of Religion in Ireland

Research Network

Welcome the MCHRI research network website. This research network aims to bring people interested in the material and cultural heritages of religion in Ireland together, and to facilitate discussion and collaboration on shared research questions, as well as connecting Irish research with researchers internationally.

We aim to hold a series of seminars (virtual and in person), aimed at sharing research and research approaches, and developing collaborative approaches across the sector.

This area of research is interdisciplinary and involves many different stakeholders and groups, from archivists, representative groups, members of religious orders and religious organisations, researchers, communities, architects, urban planners, conservation and heritage professionals, to name just a few. The MCHRI network is very open to all those who are interested in sharing research and collaborating on research questions.

Sections of this site will include member publications, event listings, and member listings. Please feel free to contact Dr Niamh NicGhabhann at niamh.nicghabhann [at] if you wish to be listed as a member or if you wish to share an event or recent publication of interest to the network.

MCHRI connects with and contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities (11.3 Inclusive & Sustainable Urbanisation and 11.4 Protect the World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage)

The Religious Spaces in Transition project website, which was funded by the Irish Research Council, may be of interest to MCHRI members/ collaborators: