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* O Carragain, Tomas. Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory. Yale Univ. (Paul Mellon Ctr. for Studies in British Art). 2011.400p. illus, maps. bibliog, index. ISBN 9780300154443. $100. ARCHITECTURE
O Carragain (archaeology, University Coll. Cork) presents a thorough examination of church architecture in Ireland from the arrival of the "first teachers"--fifth-century missionaries who converted the Irish--to the 11th century. By examining sources on the original wooden churches, tracing development through drystone and into mortared stone, and relating structures to Roman architecture, biblical influence, and …