The most outstanding secular metalwork of the early medieval period is the silver-gilt brooch known as the “Tara” Brooch… The brooch appears to have been lost close to the shore at Bettystown, Co. Meath, where it lay until its discovery in the nineteenth century. So splendid and delicate is the workmanship, that it was assumed to have been associated with the kings of Tara.


Is é an read is suaithinsí den mhiotalóireacht thuata ín luaththréimhse meánaoiseach ná an dealg d’airgead óraithe ar a dtugtaí Dealg na Teamhrach… Is léir gur cailleadh an dealg ingiorracht don chladach I mBaile an Bhiataigh, Co. na Mí, áit ar fhan sé go dtí gur thángthas air sa naoú haois déag.

Tá an tsaoireacht chomh mín agus chomh hálainn sin gur measadh gur bhain sé le duine de ríthe na Teamhrach.

© National Museum of Ireland


The Tara Brooch

I was commissioned to produce a number of illustrations for the National Museum of Ireland.

The Tara Brooch was the first one to be completed. There are three more drawn but yet to be painted. They are as yet unpublished but will be by Summer 2018.

Specially commissioned by the

National Museum of Ireland

The two panels depict stones decorated with carvings- the upper left is the standing stone of Kings Mountain, County Meath said to be the stone of sunset and the lower panel is the decorated entrance stone of the Newgrange Tumulus, County Meath, associated with the Sunrise.

Legend says that the Tara Brooch was made to be used in Pagan ceremonies of the sun.


Pencil Drawing -Standing stone of Kings Mountain, County Meath

Believed  to be the stone of sunset

This is my first pencil rough design of the Tara Brooch.



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