Like to try your hand at the contemplative life? Study up on your Irish monastic rules, grab a shovel, and check back here later.

The monastery was a center of learning and study during the Middle Ages in Ireland. Monasteries were most often known for their copying and transcribing of texts, from the early myths and sagas, to religious law codes, to literature pieces. Much debate surrounds the work of the monasteries during medieval Ireland. Deirdre Donovan wrote extensively on this topic; find it here: The Irish Monastery in the Middle Ages.pdf.