The best way to see Ireland is by road. I like to hire a car each time that I visit. Ireland is an easy country to drive in. Australians do not need to have an international licence. Just present your current drivers licence at hire car desk at the airport.
We mostly left our car in the hotel car park for time we were in Dublin. If you choose a hotel close to the city centre most attractions are within walking distance.
Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The Queen sought to promote learning and further the certificate 3 disability 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 depository in the 1800’s. The collection continues to grow.
The library is home to the “Turning Darkness into Light” Exhibition featuring the Book of Kells. Documents and manuscripts related to the book are included in the display.
The library also houses Ireland’s oldest harp. The 15th century harp is featured on Ireland’s coins.
The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is a beautiful 9th century manuscript that contains four Gospels of the New Testament. The document is hand painted and scripted. The Book of Kells is filled with richly coloured plates depicting 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 being the source of the manuscript. The monks of Iona were known to have followed the Celtic Calendar to determine the occurrence of significant events such as Easter. Their devotion is shown by depicting the cross in the Celtic style throughout the book.
The monks were forced to flee Iona during 9th century Viking raids. The relics of St. Columba were dispersed across Ireland and Scotland. The manuscript was placed in the care of the Abbey of Kells in County Meath. The book resided in the Abbey for around 600 years. The Book of Kells was presented to Trinity College in 1661.
The “Turning Darkness into Light” Exhibition provides a unique opportunity to take a closer look at the Book of Kells and related works.