The spirit of Glendalough

The National Museum of Ireland’s up-coming Glendalough exhibition includes items that have come to light in the valley and its environs over the last two or three centuries and which have never been seen in public before, writes Matthew Seaver

Glendalough, a valley of two lakes (as its Gaelic name elegantly implies), is one of nature’s and human’s gems, hidden away in the Wicklow Mountains some thirty miles south of Dublin. For the early Christian Irish, it was renowned as the home of one of the four most important monasteries in the country – the goal of pilgrims for centuries – and a burial place that equalled Rome in helping the soul arrive at heaven.

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