Tradition among Irish dance schools is to use symbols  from the
BOOK OF KELLS on their school costumes and solo dresses.  
"There  were colorful birds, and mythological-looking beasts
with bulging eyes, and probably miles of Celtic knots, all
carefully drawn by Irish monks who spent  their
entire lives
decorating their manuscripts.                                                                   

Just like Liffey was spending her entire life designing her        
solo dress!"
("Liffey Rivers and The Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown")
  BOOK OF KELLS KID FACTS:  

         680 pages-Written around 800 A.D.

                                Every single page but 2 are decorated.  

   It was Stolen from monks in 1006 AD because  thieves wanted the real      
                                    gold
-bejeweled cover!

                  
 Found a few months later in a bog. But...guess what?

    
                       No cover !







The monks used animal skins (from approximately 185 calves) and handmade inks
(some from pregnant Mediterranean insect goo) to write and decorate these New
Testament Gospels  which  make up:   

          The Book of Kells!

                         You can see it at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
                                       (Only one page a day is displayed.)



                                              Oh--it is written in LATIN.

                                (So learn some!)
KELLS FOR KIDS
Scholars say that the early Christian monks and scribes in Ireland
saved civilization because they tediously copied not only the
Gospels,(Matthew,Mark,Luke,John) but other important manuscripts as
well which had been destroyed on mainland Europe during the
barbarian invasions.


LIFFEY RIVERS USED ANCIENT OGHAM
     WRITING  ON HER SOLO DRESS.