The legendary visit of St Brendan to Mexico in the sixth century—and his resemblance to the Aztec creator-god Quetzacóatl—may have been mythical but it is an indication of the mystery […]

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European and Irish society long before the Vikings arrived. St Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a captive, and slave-raiding across the Irish Sea is attested (in both directions) […]

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An atlas for Celtic studies: archaeology and names in ancient Europe and early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Brittany John T. Koch (Oxbow Books, £50) ISBN 9781842173091 When Abraham Ortelius published […]

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For Irish people the archetype of a fortified religious building is best encapsulated by the spectacular Augustinian priory at Kells, Co. Kilkenny (Pl. 1), the more ruinous but equally emotive […]

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Of all the properties under the control of the Office of Public Works, St Audoen’s Church must be the most unusual, in remaining a parish church where services are still […]

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