Early Irish manuscript project launched in Dublin

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The Library of Trinity College Dublin is launching an extensive conservation, research and digitisation campaign focused on four of the Library’s most important early medieval insular Gospel Books:

  • Codex Usserianus Primus, 5th or 7th century (?) (TCD MS 55)
  • the Book of Mulling, 2nd half of the 8th century (TCD MS 60)
  • the Book of Dimma, late 8th century (TCD MS 59)
  • the Garland of Howth, 8th-9th century (TCD MS 56)

As the TCD website reports, these, along with the Book of Kells (TCD MS 58), the Book of Durrow (TCD MS 57) and the Book of Armagh (TCD MS 52), make up the pre-eminent collection of early Christian book art in the Library. Yet they have not quite received the attention they deserve.

Find out more about the project on the official Trinity College website, here.

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News: Medieval Dublin XV

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Medieval Dublin XV
Seán Duffy, editor

This volume contains reports on a number of important archaeological excavations in the Dublin area in recent years, including: Claire Walsh’s discovery of a medieval property plot at Back Lane, which contained the remains of Hiberno-Norse and Anglo-Norman houses; Paul Duffy’s excavations at Baldoyle that produced evidence of metalworking, cereal processing, animal husbandry and coastal foraging from the Viking Age onwards; and Edmond O’Donovan’s discovery of a large early Christian cemetery at Mount Gamble in Swords. To accompany his detailed report on the latter the volume includes an important study of the ecclesiastical and political history of the Swords area written by the late Ailbhe MacShamhráin. Also of note: Matthew Stout reconsiders the evidence for Dublin’s situation vis-à-vis the road network of ancient Ireland; Pat Wallace discusses the role of women in Viking-Age Dublin; Daniel Brown has a fascinating account of what happened in…

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