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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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Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

The magnificent Muiredach’s cross at Monsterboice, Co. Louth. Standing at over over 5m tall, it represents one of the finest…

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Some Early Medieval Grave Slabs at Clonmacnoise

  Founded by St. Ciarán in the 6th century AD, Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland’s most famous early monasteries. Its high…

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Ornate Irish-type Mount Discovered in Denmark

A beautiful early medieval mount, of insular type, has been discovered in Denmark. Fashioned out of gilt bronze and measuring…

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An Early Medieval Shoe from Co. Westmeath

This early medieval shoe was discovered in the 1950s by turf-cutters working at Coolatoor bog in County Westmeath. Fashioned from…

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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 violent death in Early Medieval Meath

The Irish Annals indicate that during the early medieval period (c. AD 450 -1150) Ireland was at times a very…

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Medieval burials discovered at Cabinteely, Co. Dublin

A recent archaeological excavation at Cabinteely in Co. Dublin has uncovered a number of human skeletons of probable early medieval…

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Early Medieval Tunnel System found in Co. Kildare

A remarkably well-preserved early medieval tunnel-system has been uncovered near the town of Naas in Co. Kildare. Probably over a…

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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…