The Ardagh Chalice

By Aoibhín McGlone, 2nd Year.

Object No. 30 Ardagh chalice, eighth century
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare St. Dublin.

I am silver.

A gleaming, shiny clean silver

that has been restored.

I am ancient.

I have existed for a thousand years

and will cease to die.


I am beautiful.

My precious gems still glitter brightly,

my abstraction is entrancing.

I am intricate.

Delicate intertwined gold lies on my body.

It is the work of filigree.


I am historical.

Beneath my exterior lies

stories and tales of my creators.

I am intact.

I have been perfectly preserved

in all the years that have passed.


And I will remain forever,

as I am too memorable to be forgotten.


I am the Ardagh Chalice.

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