: The Book of Lismore at University College Cork
until 30 October 2011
Travelled Tales is an exhibition centred on The Book of Lismore, a 15th
century Gaelic manuscript from Munster that has never been publicly
displayed until now. From the time of its creation, the Book of Lismore,
or Leabhar MacCarthaigh Riabhach, has experienced an extraordinary
journey through Ireland, England and Wales. It has passed
through some of the most influential families in the land. It has resided
in abbeys, castles, libraries and in the homes of those who had the
responsibility for its custodianship. It has been read, studied and
transcribed – illuminated even – by noblemen, scholars and scribes.
Travelled Tales encapsulates the cultural heritage of Cork, Munster and
Ireland and scholarship by UCC academics casts new light on this iconic
manuscript. Like other surviving manuscripts in Irish, the Book of
Lismore illustrates the multi-layered histories and traditions of our past.
The exhibition also includes related Irish manuscripts and an important
Van Dyck portrait.
The exhibition is made possible by loans from the Trustees of the
Chatsworth Settlement Trust, the National Library of Ireland, the Royal
Irish Academy and the Russell Library NUI Maynooth. The School of
Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies gave assistance in
the creation and supply of digital images for the exhibition.