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COMMENT: Manuscripts need to be given back
9:30am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
It’s Oxford’s answer to the Elgin Marbles. Ireland has every right to ask for its oldest manuscripts back. The wonderfully-named Annals of Inisfallen are an important part of its heritage with more than 2,500 entries written by mediaeval monks chronicling the history of Ireland over the years between AD 433 and AD 1450.
They should be on display for Irish people to see for themselves. Two previous calls for the annals to be returned came to nothing.
Let’s hope the Bodleian does the right thing and doesn’t let them continue to gather dust in an Oxford basement.
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