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Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1343 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1343 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1628

Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1628

43. Breac Maodhóg Shrine. The Breach Maodhóg (the speckled or variegated shrine of Saint Maedoc, a bishop and patron saint of the kings of Leinster) is a house-shaped reliquary, probably made in the late 11th century. It is made of wood, covered by large sheets of bronze that formed the background to its real glory: the delightful bronze plaques depicting lively figures of clerics and women.

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – Breac Maodhóg, late-eleventh century

Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1150

Royal Irish tour September 17 - October 1 2013 1150

Thought to be a depiction of the Irish smith-god Nuadu, who was king of the Tuatha De Danaan (I think of him like Elrond. I hope I spelled that right too, Gaelic is hard !).

Thought to be a depiction of the Irish smith-god Nuadu, who was king of the Tuatha De Danaan (I think of him like Elrond. I hope I spelled that right too, Gaelic is hard !

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Irish Pub - Everyone should have a neighborhood pub close by.

Reginald's Tower, Waterford city, Ireland. This impressive late 12th century tower was an integral part of Waterford city’s defences. It was built on the site of an earlier wooden fortification and it is probably named after Ragnar (Reginald), a former Hiberno-Norse king of the city. This would make it the only surviving Irish building that retains its original Viking name.

Reginald's Tower, Waterford city, Ireland. This impressive late 12th century tower was an integral part of Waterford city’s defences. It was built on the site of an earlier wooden fortification and it is probably named after Ragnar (Reginald), a former Hiberno-Norse king of the city. This would make it the only surviving Irish building that retains its original Viking name.

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