The series of talks continue in Cooney’s Hotel Ballymahon on Wednesday 16th January at 8pm. The initial talk by Bernie Moran was a huge success and another bumper attendance for Alf Monaghan’s very interesting and informative talk. on ’Monastic Ireland - a gif of The Nile’.
Alf’s illustrated talk looks at the history of early Irish Christianity from a different perspective - a Mediterranean perspective. It provides a tantalizing glimpse under the veil of history. It asks many questions and confounds some of the accepted theories about the history of early Christianity in Ireland. It traces links with ancient Egypt, connects Irish monasticism with the Desert Fathers and the early Irish Church with the Egyptian Coptic Church. Recent Irish discoveries such as the Fadden More Psalter - Egyptian papyrus found in an ancient book of psalms from a Tipperary bog - are clues pointing to a more substantial eastern Mediterranean influence in early Irish Christianity, than has been acknowledged to date.