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St Canice: An Irish Saint in a Norman Cathedral | Treasure Ireland

St Canice: An Irish Saint in a Norman Cathedral
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When the Anglo-Normans invaded Ireland in the 12th century, they were entering a country with a rich heritage of Christian prayer, and an abundance of native saints. How would the new arrivals deal with this inheritance? The liturgy celebrated in St Canice’s Cathedral helps us answer that question.

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Acknowledgments: We are grateful to Very Reverend Stephen Farrell, Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral, for granting us permission to film in the cathedral and facilitating our visit. We are grateful also to The Board of Trinity College Dublin for permission to use images of TCD MS 78. Further reading: Patrick Brannon, ‘A Divine Office Celebration for the Feast of St Canice at Kilkenny Cathedral’, in Ann Buckley(ed.), ‘Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context’, (Turnhout, 2017).

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Presented by: Conor McDonough OP. –

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