The Annals of the Four Masters are a chronicle of Ireland compiled by the Franciscan brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh and other Gaelic historians in County Donegal. They tell the story of Ireland from biblical times to 1616AD and were the first attempt to write a full modern history of the country. The annals have had a huge influence on the writing of Irish history since the seventeenth century.
In 2007 a unique collaborative exhibition between the Irish Franciscans, the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin was mounted as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of St Anthony's College in Louvain. Follow this exhibition online and learn how Irish history was recorded in medieval and early modern times...
Cúntas ar stair na hÉireann is ea Annála na gCeithre Máistrí a tiomnaíodh faoi stiúir Mhichíl Uí Cléirigh, bráthair Phroinsiasach i gCondae Thír Chonaill. Insíonn na hannála scéal na hÉireann ó thus ama go 1616AD agus b'é sin an chéad iarracht ar stair an náisiúin uile a ríomhadh go hiomlán. Tá a rian fágtha ag an obair seo ar scríobh na staire in Éirinn ó shin i leith. Lean an taispeántas seo ar líne agus foghlaim mar a scríobhadh stair na hÉireann sna meánaoiseanna agus sa nua-aois luath...
Illustrated in full colour, this book is published to coincide with a major exhibition in the Long Room, Trinity College Dublin, in autumn 2007.
In a series of specially commissioned essays, the book offers a diversity of approaches to the work of the Four Masters beginning with the medieval seanchas tradition and culminating in a discussion of the 20th-century legacy of the annalists. Available from www.wordwellbooks.com