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The Library regularly organises exhibitions highlighting its rich collections of books, prints, drawings and manuscripts.
The Cathach of Colum Cille: The story of an ancient Irish manuscript
This exhibition begins by illustrating how the manuscript was made. It was written on calf skin, using quill and ink. The skill of the scribe who created this wonderful example of Irish majuscule script is illustrated. The exhibition also explains how the story of the Cathach of St Colum Cille was recorded in Irish manuscript sources from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. A map shows some of the best-known places associated with the Cathach manuscript through the many centuries since it was first written. The exhibition shows how and why this sixth-century manuscript survived as a relic from early Christian Ireland into modern times and how it has been conserved so that it can still be viewed by visitors to the exhibition, more than 1400 years after it was made.