The first Irish rosaries were made by the monks of the great settlements like Cashel and Glendalough. We have been handmaking rosary beads here in Rathfarnham since 1945. The rosary is a widely observed meditation and personal link with the Creator.
Using simple stones, or the horns of animals, the monks fashioned beads of natural beauty and simple strength. The peace and tranquility found in the recitation of prayer has brought calm and reflection to generations for centuries. The Book of Kells was created around 800 AD at the Monastery of Iona in Ireland.
Today you can see the Book of Kells itself at Trinity College in Dublin. The simplicity of the wooden beads with the wooden cross feel comforting in your hand.
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