The archaeologist Michael Gibbons has described the discovery of a previously unobserved flight of steps on the monastic island of Sceilig Mhichíl (Skeillig Michael) as significant. It may point, he conjectures, to settlement on the island before the well-know monastic complex was established there from the sixth century AD. Traditionally high points, like Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, are associated with St Michael. The accompanying image, which features a window in one of the dry-stone oratories on the island and includes a view of Little Skeillig, was taken by Thomas O’Connor.