The National Museum of Ireland, in Dublin, shows an ancient and accomplished civilisation. The gold collection is breathtaking, with many intricately worked pieces of jewellery. Some are more than 3000 years old. Another fascinating exhibition is the body of a human sacrifice. Even the man’s red hair was preserved by the peat in which he lay for 4000 years.
The intricate patterns on the National Museum’s jewellery are repeated on the pages of the Book of Kells, displayed in Trinity College Library. It is a 1200-year-old, handwritten copy of the Gospels. The text is surrounded by gorgeous images including details of many birds, animals and plants.