No Decision on Re-Opening of Book of Kells Exhibition, Says Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has not yet made a decision on when the Book of Kells exhibition, which has been closed since March, will re-open for visitors. Provost Patrick Prendergast ordered the closure of the exhibition on March 10th, along with the Science Gallery and Douglas Hyde museum …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 20 May]

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Book of Kells generated €13m for TCD in 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin generated almost €13 million in revenues from its Book of Kells exhibition last year. According to a college spokeswoman, visitor income from the Book of Kells last year totalled €12.7m – as over one million visitors paid to view the ancient manuscript …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 April]

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Trinity did not put contract for campus tours out for tender

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Trinity did not put a €6.7 million contract to provide guided tours of its campus out for tender, according to a report in the Sunday Times. The contract to become Trinity’s official tours provider, which is held by Authenticity Tours, the company run by the assistant junior dean, Joseph O’Gorman, was awarded without an invitation to tender being put out, which would have allowed other companies to bid for the contract …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 March]

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‘Impossible’ to know cost of Book of Kells closure, says College

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The uncertainty around the duration of the coronavirus outbreak and already reduced tourist numbers make it impossible to estimate losses, say Trinity. It is ‘impossible to say what the cost of closure’ of the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity’s Old Library due to coronavirus will be, a College spokesperson has said …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 March]

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Firm sues Trinity over contract for managing visitors to college and Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A dispute over a contract for management of visitors to Dublin’s Trinity College, including to the Book of Kells, has come before the Commercial Court. Future Ticketing Ltd (FTL), with offices at Axis Business Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly, disputes how a €620,000 contract for supply of a Visitor Attracting Management System (VAMS) was awarded, following a public procurement process, to Ticketsolve Ltd, with offices at the Digital Hub, Dublin …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Trinity To Be Sued Over New Book of Kells Ticketing System Contract

Posted in Legal issues on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The company in charge of ticket sales for the Book of Kells is suing Trinity in an attempt to stop the College from awarding the ticket system contract to another company. The company, Future Ticketing, has had the contract to run the ticketing system for the Book of Kells for several years, and now says that the tendering process Trinity is using to award the new contract is illegal, the Times.co.uk has reported …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 6 January]

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Why make the rich richer?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College announced at the end of October that the Book of Kells is to be taken away from public view for four months, due to conservation works required on the famous manuscript’s display area, meaning that the 9th century manuscript is going to be away from public display from November 4th of this year until the start of March 2020 …” (more)

[Michael Tuohy, University Observer, 26 November]

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Trinity to shelve Book of Kells for four months

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is to be removed from public display in Trinity College Dublin for four months from next Monday, due to conservation works required on the famous manuscript’s display area. Last year more than one million people visited the attraction, often a must-see on tourist itineraries for visits to Dublin …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 30 October]

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Trinity’s 300-Year-Old Library Set for Major Overhaul

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Old Library is set for a major reconfiguration, which will see many of its oldest manuscripts moved to a new research space on the ground floor and involve the embedding of the library’s shop into the podium outside the Berkeley …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 3 September]

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8% Increase in Book of Kells Visitor Numbers

Posted in Life on August 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Visitor numbers to the Book of Kells exhibition in Trinity have increased by almost 8% since last year, with the site climbing one place in the list of Ireland’s top ten tourist attractions. 1,057,642 people visited the world-famous medieval manuscript and accompanying exhibition last year, an increase of 7.5% from 983,410 in 2017 …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 4 August]

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Book of Kells and ‘most beautiful room in Ireland’ beat one million visitor mark

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College’s Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition has surpassed one million visitors for the first time in a single year …” (more)

[Pól Ó Conghaile, Independent, 8 November]

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It’s Alarming that Trinity Dismisses Kells as Unworthy of its Own Treasures

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is one of Trinity’s landmark attractions. Up to 454,000 people visited the book’s exhibition in the first six months of 2017. The manuscript is an intricate artistic depiction of the four gospels of the New Testament and considered one of the most magnificent pieces of art from medieval Europe …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 7 November]

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Book of Kells Temporarily Replaced by Fake

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells has been removed from its display and replaced with a copy due to ‘technical issues’. The real book – the most famous medieval manuscript in the world – is expected to be returned to its case within a few days. The replacement is a fine art facsimile, which is an exact copy of the original …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 19 September]

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‘Unauthorised Tours’ Targeted by Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“Trinity is making a renewed effort to crack down on tour groups that don’t spend money during their visit to campus, with strict rules and promises of vigilant security at tourist hotspots. College’s zero-tolerance approach to tour groups that fail to visit the Book of Kells or contribute financially to Trinity was revised in recent months, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 May]

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Fresh masterpieces join The Book of Kells on display in Trinity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mention Irish illuminated manuscripts and the chances are the Book of Kells will pop into your mind. Not only is it a masterpiece of the illuminator’s art, it’s a global symbol of Irishness, and its presence in Trinity College Library draws a non-stop stream of visitors …” (more)

[Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 1 June]

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Conventional thinking at TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Punt hears that Trinity College has poached Jillian Wilson from the Convention Centre where she has worked since it opened seven years ago. The move into the groves of academe is not as peculiar as it might first appear. In straitened times Trinity has built up a thriving conference and events business to help replace lost State funding …” (more)

[Independent, 7 January]

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Sell the Kells

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Fossil Free TCD’s tongue-in-cheek petition provides a novel way to draw attention to Trinity’s decision on divestment this November …” (more)

[Emma McCarthy, Trinity News, 23 October]

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Renowned academic authority on the Book of Kells

Posted in Life on March 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Cork medieval scholar Jennifer O’Reilly, who has died aged 72, was a gifted university teacher and a renowned authority on the Book of Kells and similar treasures of antiquity …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 March]

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Ronnie McGrane Thinks Trinity Stole the Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“During mid-June, students visiting College through the Nassau Street entrance to the campus may have overheard a rant by a man brandishing a sign and microphone. Earlier this week, he was standing outside Front Gate …” (more)

[Anna Belitskaya, University Times, 12 September]

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Spread the word, Book of Kells goes global despite objection by Burger King

Posted in Legal issues on August 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s national treasure, The Book of Kells, has now become a registered global trademark owned by Trinity College – despite fast-food giant Burger King beefing about it. The worldwide restaurant chain had to be convinced that the use of the initials ‘BK’ didn’t infringe on their trademark as purveyors of burgers, fries and milk shakes …” (more)

[John Spain, Independent, 9 August]

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