From the Book of Kells, Folio 7v
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
This picture is said to be the oldest (and possibly the most unflattering) existing image of the Madonna and Child in a Western manuscript. It was created by monks in Ireland.
You may not realize that Barry Gibbs, he of the Bee Gees and the feathered blond hair, was born in Ireland.
Coincidence? I think not.