The Mystery of the Precious Treasure Hidden by the Monks


Hidden deep on a remote island in Ireland, a priceless treasure has been hidden by the monks. How’s the story?

Derrynaflan Island, a small island in Tipperary, Ireland holds a secret that not many people know. The secret was about the rare treasure hoard that many people were looking for.

Derrynaflan is no ordinary island. This tiny 44-acre private estate, in Ireland’s largest outback, is not surrounded by oceans or lakes.

Unusually, the land emerged from the swamps of the vast brownish peatlands of the Tipperary area. His presence was like a stunning green mirage. However, according to the dictionary, the land is categorized as an island.

This is where the earliest hermetic monks in Ireland retreated in the 6th century. As much of Europe was shaken by the post-Roman chaos of the Dark Ages, these saints and scholars fought back.

Entered the golden age of scholasticism and extraordinary artistic achievements, marked by the settlement of monks such as Derrynaflan. But what is very interesting about Derrynaflan is of course the priceless treasure that the monks most likely left here.

Discovered just a few decades ago, the find has changed Irish law and is one of the most interesting archaeological finds in Irish art history.

Controversially, this little-known mystical land became famous in the field of international archeology in 1980, when a man and his son from the town of Clonmel, some 25 km away, discovered elaborately decorated cups and saucers. They found the object using a simple metal detector.

“The chalice was actually the chalice used in the 9th century holy mass. And the ‘plate’ that was found was an 8th century paten that was used to hold bread during the Irish medieval church eucharist,” said Nessa O’Connor, curator. and archaeologists at the National Museum of Ireland.

8th century trophy Photo: National Museum of Ireland

“These objects are elite objects with a very, very high standard of craftsmanship made at the highest point in the early Irish church,” he said.

“The silver trophy and the paten were magnificently decorated by ancient Celtic goldsmiths,” explains O’Connor.

Fine gold plaits called “filigrees”, form an intricate, postage-sized embellishment around the edges of the paten, in a distinctly Irish style. Patena is also the only surviving example of its kind from early medieval relics in Western Europe.

Wine filters and supports (for the paten) complete the insular Art collection. Insular was a common art style in Ireland and England circa 600 to 900 AD, which was heavily influenced by the expansion of the Irish monastic tradition).

“The combination of things is unique. It’s a complete altar set,” O’Connor said.

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