Thomas Cahill argues in his best-selling book How the Irish Saved Civilization that Ireland played a critical role in Europe’s evolution from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Is his narrative correct?

Without Ireland, he argues, the transition could not have taken place. Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization — copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost — they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

Let’s discuss how Ireland gave more to the modern world than Guinness and Bono.

 

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