Throughout the centuries, generations of inhabitants of Ireland have left art behind. These remains can tell us a great deal about the cultures that lived in Ireland in times gone by.
History of art – Ireland has a long and rich artistic heritage, some artworks are over 5,000 years old, making them older than the Pyramids in Egypt.
Roman influence on Irish art – Roman influence found its way into Irish art thanks to the Roman British
Vikings – destroyers and creators of Irish art – In the 9th century the Vikings burned much cherished art, but 100 years later they had settled and were helping to create it.
Ogham symbols – Ogham is an ancient form of Irish writing. It is at least 1,700 years old.
The Book of Kells – is Ireland’s most treasured artifact. The religious manuscript is beautifully decorated and is believed to be about 1,200 years old.