The shrine of St Caillín of Fenagh and its place in Irish late medieval art
WhenWednesday, September 21, 2016, 13:00
Lunchtime Lecture by Dr Paul Mullarkey, National Museum of Ireland
Dr Paul Mullarkey, National Museum of Ireland, will give the second of two lunchtime lectures on topics related to the Book of Fenagh exhibition 'Book of Fenagh 500th anniversary'
The Book of Fenagh (RIA MS 23 P 26), an Irish manuscript commissioned in 1516, tells the story of the life of St Caillín, founder of the early Christian monastic community at Fenagh. The manuscript reflects the politics of early sixteenth-century north Connacht, with the saint’s life being used for propaganda purposes. It is the work of an expert scribe, Muirgheas Ó Maoilchonaire, and is an excellent example of late medieval Irish manuscript production. The exhibition in the Academy Library tells the story of scribes and scholars associated with the manuscript.
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