Psalter to go on display in 2011The Psalter is compared favorably, if perhaps a little enthusiastically, to the Dead Sea Scrolls
MICHAEL PARSONS (Irishtimes.com)
FOUR YEARS after its sensational discovery in a midlands bog, new photographs today reveal the conservation work on the 1,200-year- old “Faddan More Psalter”.
The National Museum of Ireland has announced that the eighth century religious manuscript “of staggering importance” will go on public display for the first time next year.
The book was found in 2006 by a workman operating a mechanical digger on the bog at Faddan More, near Riverstown in north Co Tipperary.
He praised the “magical and internationally important work” undertaken by senior conservator, John Gillis.
Mr Gillis (49), who is on secondment to the museum from Trinity College Library, was “confounded” when he first saw what had been salvaged from the bog and initially “transfixed with fear” at the scale of the “once-in-a-lifetime” restoration task.
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