September 2022 Benefice Newsletter and The Book of Kells

The September edition of the benefice newsletter is now available to view or download here

The Book of Kells

There is no-one in the world that knows the Book of Kells like Donncha MacGabhan. When I met him at a conference in Durham in April 2022 I was infected by his enthusiasm and passion for the book. We passed several happy hours over the next few days talking about it and the Bewcastle Cross, discussing the theology and humour in the artwork and its interplay with the text. Having spent in the order of £15,000 on the facsimile of the original, he has worked almost every waking hour of the past 15 years studying the manuscript. This book tells of his findings. It is academic, but for anyone with a serious interest in this extraordinary work of our unique insular Christian heritage, it will be fascinating. I will be ordering a copy myself.

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