Science: Stars over Ireland

About 450 A.D. St. Patrick made his headquarters at Armagh, near Belfast in Northern Ireland, where King Daire of Airgialla gave him the ground for a church and a monastery. Armagh is still the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, with a Protestant and a Roman Catholic cathedral. Both Northern and Southern Irishmen think of it as a symbol of their golden age 1,500 years ago when Ireland was a small bright spot in a Europe plunging down to darkness. The two hostile factions of modern Ireland hold little else in common.

Last week a project was announced that would add to Armagh's value...

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