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Friday 2 December 2016

Key medieval book returns home

Published 27/07/2011 | 05:00

A KEY medieval manuscript which documents part of Irish history has gone on view to the public.

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'The Book of Lismore', which was written in the 15th century, contains a series of texts and pieces of literature that have whetted the appetites of scholars and academics.

University College Cork (UCC) will now exhibit the book after it was lent to the institution by the duke and duchess of Devonshire. It is believed the book was created to commemorate the marriage of the Irish lord Finghin MacCarthaigh Riabhach, of Kilbrittain Castle, to Caitlin, daughter of the seventh earl of Desmond.

The book had been stolen from Kilbrittain Castle in west Cork in the 1640s and brought to Lismore Castle in Waterford. It was subsequently rediscovered there in 1814 before finally ending up in Derbyshire.

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