Saturday 24 March 2018

Ireland's hour

• In 1995, Thomas Cahill published a book entitled 'How Ireland saved civilisation'. Mr Cahill chronicled that Irish monks, led by St Patrick, St Columba and others, copied invaluable ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts, saving written knowledge from plunder and destruction by marauding Germanic tribes in most of continental Europe.

These historical copies were later released to Christianise a pacified Europe at the beginning of its feudal age in the early 12th Century. European civilisation as it is known today owes a considerable debt to these skilful monastic scribes.

In the first decade of the 21st Century, there is another untold story about how Ireland saved the EU.

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