Irish Times reporter Fintan O’Toole provides a history of his country one artifact at a time. In his A history of Ireland in 100 objects, O’Toole reports on one object, from the National Museum of Ireland, each Saturday and its significance in the history and culture of the country.
The January 14, 2012 column looks at the Domhnach Airgid, or Silver Church, a 14th century relic created to contain 39 pages of the Gospels, which reflects back to the Irish church of St. Patrick. The article discusses the takeover of the Irish church by clerics from western Europe.
Additional articles are listed on the National Museum of Ireland website.