Book Publication

Limited edition

Full colour publication

Size: 220mm x 280mm

Hard back with dust cover

Stock: Maxi Offset 150 gsm printed 4/4

Binding: Threadsewn

Jacket: 4/0 and matt lamination 150 gsm

Retail cost: 45 euro

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A masterpiece of medieval art, St Manchan’s Shrine is Ireland's largest surviving reliquary. A unique example of Irish monastic metalsmithing combining Irish, late Viking/Urnes and Romanesque Christian art styles. This cross fertilization of styles and cultures makes it a unique study from both archaeological and metalsmithing perspectives.

Griffin Murray and metalsmith/photographer Kevin O’Dwyer combined their expertise to create a high-quality full colour coffee table book that features O’Dwyer’s captivating and atmospheric photographs and Griffin Murray’s in-depth story telling of the history and folklore of the shrine. The publication features full- and double-page image spreads, antiquarian drawings and descriptive metalsmithing close-ups. The text is presented in a series of essay’s that cover various topics including St Manchan and Lemanaghan, the art and craftsmanship of St Manchan’s Shrine,  cultural cross fertilization – the Late Viking/Urnes style and the shrines relationship with the makers of The Cross of Cong.



St Manchan and Lemanaghan 

Lemanaghan and Clonmacnoise

The art and craftsmanship of St Manchan’s shrine 

Late Viking art and the Urnes style

St Manchan’s shrine and the Cross of Cong

St Manchan’s shrine – recent history 

Lost and Found: the story of the eleventh figure

Metalsmith glossary (How it was made)


Bronze figures on Saint Manchan's Shrine. Photography by Kevin O'Dwyer
Photography by Kevin O'Dwyer
Photography by Kevin O'Dwyer

Saint Manchan's Shrine