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IRISH LANDS from photographer Richard Newman and a bit o’ history…


Trinity Cathedral, location of the Books of Kells, Dublin, Ireland by Richard Newman, the photographer.

Q: What is the significance of the Books of Kells, you ask?

A: One of the experts on the manuscript, Bernard Meehan writes, “In Ireland, it symbolizes the power of learning and the spirit of artistic imagination.” The scale and ambition of The Book of Kells are incredible. Written on vellum, practically all of the 680 pages are decorated somehow or another. Every corner is filled with the most detailed and beautiful Celtic designs on some pages. The Book is the most famous manuscript in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, where it is permanently on display. The Book of Kells is kept in a gallery with only two pages displayed at a time, although they are turned after some period.

And, too, for IRISH LANDS, an Irish family heirloom from the 1800s will be displayed throughout March  at Fairweather’s


After flourishing for more than 600 years, the Weaver’s  (Spinning) Guild collapsed during the famine years (1846-1853). The Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century is the most defining event in modern Irish history. The Famine or the Great Hunger was a period of mass starvation and emigration in Ireland between 1846 and 1853. More than 5 million adults and children left Ireland to seek refuge; more than 60% did not survive the journey to America and beyond.  


The Famine Ships: Irish Exodus to America, 1846-51 – Edward Laxton, author.

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