Towards Alba of the Ravens

This is a poem of Columkille’s, or at least ascribed to him. It is in very irregular metre, or rather changes its metre several times. The literal translation of the first few verses is as follows:– Delightful to be on Ben Edar (the Hill of Howth) before going over the sea, white, white; the dashing […]

Folio 33 Recto

This brilliantly executed carpet page is from the Book of Kells (folio 33 recto). The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book written in Latin, containing the four canonical Gospels together with various prefatory texts and tables.  It was created by Celtic monks ca. […]