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Decorated initials from a 9th century Irish manuscript

This wonderful collection of decorated initials is found on a 9th century Irish manuscript which now resides at the Abbey…

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The Fairy King’s advice on Trees. A poem from Early Ireland

This medieval Irish poem about trees is taken from a text known as Aidedh Ferghusa meic Léide (the Death of…

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Raven Born & Wolf Singer: Some Old Irish Names from Ogham Stones

These Old Irish names are taken from the country’s corpus of ogham stones. Consisting of a series of incised linear lines,…

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Remarkable Old Photos of Ireland

This wonderful selection of photographs illustrates Ireland at the very start of the 20th century. Concentrated in Co. Galway, the…

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‘You Moulting Desert Ram’: 12 Early Irish Insults

This colourful collection of Irish insults dates from the Early Medieval era and is primarily based on the period’s satirical…

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The Scribe in the Woods: An Early Irish Poem

This beautiful early Irish poem describes the joy of a scribe working in a forest surrounded by bird song and…

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Leonardo da Vinci’s To-Do List

This is pretty amazing, Leonardo da Vinci’s to-do list for a week/month in the late 1490s. It is taken from a…

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John Derricke’s Images of Ireland, 1581 AD

Below are a selection of images taken from John Derricke’s  The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, which…

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Archaeologists find the Memories for Everyone

I asked my seven year old daughter why archaeology is important…..I liked her answer a lot ‘Archaeology is important because…

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‘Tonight I fear not the Vikings’, An Early Irish Poem

‘Bitter is the wind tonight It tosses the ocean’s white hair Tonight I fear not the fierce warriors of Norway …