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Mercenaries, Trade and Warfare: The New Ross Macehead

This distinctive late medieval civic mace is currently on display in the Waterford Museum of Treasures. However, its origins lie…

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The Beautiful Gospels of St. Gall

The images below are taken from the beautifully illustrated¬†Gospels of St. Gall. This illuminated manuscript was most likely produced in…

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A traditional doll from the Aran Islands

This beautiful little doll comes from Inisheer on the Aran Islands. In 1939 it was handed into the folklore collections…

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The Mac Durnan Gospels

The Mac Durnan Gospel is a beautifully illustrated, but little known Irish manuscript that now resides in the Lambeth Palace…

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Let’s go a Viking: Sailing on the Sea Stallion of Glendalough

Alva Mac Gowan recounts her recent voyage on the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a reconstructed Viking longship ‘It is the…

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A possible depiction of the Viking wolf Fenrir from Dublin?

This small wooden artefact was discovered during the National Museum of Ireland’s excavations at Fishamble Street in Dublin. These extensive…

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A Bronze Age Axe and Leather Sheath from Kildare

The Brockagh axe is one of my favourite artefacts in the National Museum of Ireland. It dates from the Middle…

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Bronze Age sword found in a Co. Meath Bog

A Middle bronze Age ‘rapier’ blade has been discovered at a bog in Rossan, Co. Meath. It was identified on…

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The Height of Fashion: King Edward III and the Waterford Charter Roll

When the 14th century city officials of Waterford wanted to petition King Edward III to support their claim to the…

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Spanish Armada Cannons found in Co. Sligo

Very interesting news from Co. Sligo where archaeologists working for the National Monuments Service have uncovered artefacts relating to a…