22.06.11 Minister Deenihan Launches Landscapes of Cult and Kingship
“As people marked out the land, so too did the land mark its people” – Deenihan
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today, Wednesday 22nd June 2011, launched Landscapes of Cult and Kingship, a collection of thirteen essays by leading experts on the archaeology, history, mythology, legend, placesnames and symbolism associated with prehistoric and medieval Irish kings, lords and landscapes.
Speaking at the launch, in the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Minister Deenihan described the Irish landscape as an encyclopaedia of Irish history, in it can be found the footprints of many past generations. “In investigating the strong connection that existed between kings and the landscape, these essays highlight the deep attachments that people have had throughout time to the land” said the Minister.
The book explains how early Irish kings, and later medieval Irish lords (from around the 1st millennium BC to the 16th century AD), imprinted themselves onto the landscape, and how these landscapes in turn imprinted on the history and character of kingship into the Middle Ages and beyond.
Minister Deenihan also said “the primary objective of this publication is to highlight the hugely important relationship between kingship and landscape which is a little known body of evidence and bring it to the attention of the wider international world”
The essays combine the evidence of all the relevant disciplines to provide a valuable portrait of the key institution that held prehistoric and medieval societies together – kingship.
In conclusion Minister Deenihan said “Irish people have been very attached to the land and their locality. As people marked out the land, so too did the land mark its people. The thirteen essays contained in this publication remind us of the wealth of Irish heritage and its real proximity and relevance to modern Ireland”