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Wednesday 10th November, 1pm , Adults

Science Week Lecture: Colmcille 1500 Lecture Series: The many phases of the shrine of the Cathach

Free Admission

Autumn Online Lecture Series 2021, The Hand-bells, Books and Crosiers Associated with St Columba - Colmcille1500:The many phases of the shrine of the Cathach by Dr Paul Mullarkey 

This illustrated talk by Dr Paul Mullarkey will provide a brief survey of eight known book shrines from Ireland that range in date from the early ninth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. These elaborate shrines contained venerated manuscripts and acted as symbols of power, prestige and sanctity. They were often used as insignia of office, battle talismans, for collecting tributes, swearing oaths, endorsing contracts and treaties, curing, cursing, and for funeral, ecclesiastical and inauguration ceremonies. The Shrine of the Cathach is inextricably linked with the manuscript formerly contained within, the Cathach, which was believed to have been written by St Columcille. It was also one of the principal treasures of the O’Donnell’s during the Medieval period. In this talk the focus will be on the decoration, techniques and iconography of this shrine, along with recent investigations that have revealed some details unseen for centuries.

Dr Paul Mullarkey, is a senior archaeological conservator at the National Museum of Ireland and has published widely on Irish book shrines.

This lecture is also taking part of the Museum's events and programmes as part of Science Week 2021. 
 
This talk is part of the NMI-Archaeology Autumn Online Lecture Series 2021, The Hand-bells, Books and Crosiers Associated with St Columba - Colmcille1500

This online series of talks explores medieval objects associated with St Columba. Starting in October with a talk by Cormac Burke, the first talk will explore the functions and use of Irish hand-bells, including those associated with Colmcille. This talk will be followed in November by talk by Dr Paul Mullarkey, NMI, which will explore book shrines, with a focus on the Shrine of the Cathach. The last talk in December by Dr Griffin Murray, UCC, will discuss crosiers associated with Colmcille (Columba), and concentrate on discussing St Columba’s crosier from Durrow, Co. Offaly.

The series is part of a programme being run by the NMI for the Colmcille1500. This programme includes a new exhibition about St Colmcille, which will open in December 2021 at NMI-Archaeology.

To book a place for the live broadcast of this lecture and Q&A, please visit Eventbrite


This is a closed YouTube live event with this pre-recorded lecture and a live Q&A. Please note the entire event will be recorded and posted online at a later stage. Booked attendees will receive a link closer to the event to view the lecture on YouTube. Please use the 'chat' feature on YouTube to ask any questions about the lecture and these will be answered live at the end of the talk. If you would like to post a question, please be aware, you will need to have a YouTube account.

For more information, please see museum.ie or email educationarch@museum.ie

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Science Week Lecture: Colmcille 1500 Lecture Series: The many phases of the shrine of the Cathach is located at:
Archaeology,
Kildare St,
Dublin 2
D02 FH48


This talk is the second of a series of three lectures of the NMI - Archaeology Autumn Online Lecture Series 2021, The Hand-bells, Books and Crosiers Associated with St Columba - Colmcille1500

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