The Gathering Ireland 2013

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Whether you are a Bourke or an O’Brien, a Kavanagh or an O’Connor, an O’Neill or O’Donnell, exquisite objects of gold, silver and other costly materials made for or entrusted to the care of your ancestors can be seen at the National Museum of Ireland.

These include the Shrine of the Cathach, made to house Ireland’s oldest manuscript and kept in the custody of the O’Donnell’s until the nineteenth century; the Cross of Cong, made for Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland in 1122 to protect a relic of the True Cross; the ivory Kavanagh ‘Charter’ Horn, the symbol of the Kings of Leinster or the silver chalice made in 1493 for the de Burgo (Bourke) and O’Malley families of Mayo.

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