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Dublin – Trinity College and the Book of Kells

Dublin is a lively city on the River Liffey. There are many lively bars and historic buildings to explore. Dublin is home to some of the best Georgian architectures in the world. The prominent stone structures located in the cobbled streets make this a charming city to walk through.

You do not have to be a teacher to visit Dublin’s famous Trinity College. The university attracts dedicated history, art, books and religion as well as researchers. The old library has been collecting magazines, documents and manuscripts for over 400 years. The library has some of the more famous manuscripts and artifacts on display. Among the precious items on display is the Book of Kells.

Arriving in Dublin

Direct flights to Dublin are available from various European capitals. My daughter and I have flown directly to Dublin from various airports in the UK and US.

Depending on your nationality, a visa may be required to travel to Ireland. Check with the government website if you are unsure.

Australian citizens do not need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland.

Getting around

The best way to see Ireland is on its way. I like to rent a car every time I visit. Ireland is an easy country to drive in. Australians do not need an international license. Just present your current driver’s license on a rental car at the airport.

We mainly left our car in the hotel car park while we were in Dublin. If you choose a hotel near the city center, most attractions are within walking distance.

Trinity College

Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The Queen sought to promote learning and promote the Protestant Reformation in Ireland. Trinity College was the first university in Ireland to award degrees.

The old library contains millions of documents, journals and manuscripts. The library became a legal depot in the 19th century. The collection continues to grow.

The library is home to the exhibition “Turning Darkness into Light” with Book of Kells. Documents and manuscripts related to the book are included in the display.

The library also houses Ireland’s oldest harp. The 14th century harp is found on Irish coins.

Book of Kells

Book of Kells is a beautiful manuscript from the 9th century that contains four Gospels from the New Testament. The document is hand-painted and scripted. The Book of Kells is filled with richly colored plates showing gospel scenes and highly decorated letters at the beginning of passages in the text. The book is a work of art as well as a religious manuscript.

A monastery founded by St. Columba on the island of Iona is credited as the source of the manuscript. It was known that the mouths of Iona followed the Celtic calendar to determine the occurrence of significant events such as Easter. Their devotion is shown by depicting the Celtic-style cross throughout the book.

The monks were forced to flee Iona during the Viking Age from the 10th century. The relics of St Columba were spread over Ireland and Scotland. The manuscript was placed in the care of the Abbey of Kells in County Meath. The book lived in the convent for about 600 years. Book of Kells was presented to Trinity College in 1661.

The exhibition “Turning Darkness into Light” provides a unique opportunity to take a closer look at the Book of Kells and related works.
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