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")

        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       
-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!)
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.

A lively introduction to Latin for
children aged 7 and over. Join in
the fun with Minimus - a mix of
myths, stories, grammar support
and historical background!
In a monastery in the mountains of
Mourne during the Middle Ages,
one young monk struggled to
focus on his task: copying the
Bible and other scholarly books
with plain brown ink made from
wood bark in plain brown books in
his plain brown robe at his plain
brown desk. Brother Theophane
was soon transferred from the
scribe’s room and assigned to
make the ink that the brothers
used. With his natural curiosity,
Theophane discovered that inks
could be made from other plants
besides the wood bark. Berries
and leaves produced other
beautiful colors. And soon, the
books the monks made were
illuminated with colors and