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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Priceless manuscripts from fifth century to be digitalised and put on display alongside Book of Kells

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Four ancient manuscripts are to undergo special preservation work to be digitised and put on show beside the Book of Kells. The priceless works, including the earliest known surviving Irish parchment of the four gospels, will be treated, technically examined and recorded as part of Trinity College’s world-renowned library collection …” (more)

[Ed Carty, Independent, 22 June]

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Trinity abandons plans to move Book of Kells to ‘leaky’ basement

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has abandoned plans to move the priceless Book of Kells to a ‘leaky basement’ following protests from angry staff …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 25 May]

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College in Talks to Relocate Book of Kells to New Tourist Space

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2014 by steve

“The move would result in tourists being charged a second fee to view the Book, greatly increasing the college’s commercial income. The University Times has learned of discussions between the Library and College authorities surrounding a number of proposals which have been put forward to increase Trinity’s commercial revenue …” (more)

[Hannah Ryan, University Times, 5 April]

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New College commercial strategy seeks to capitalise on Book of Kells and Trinity ‘Brand’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2013 by steve

“Recommendations were put forward for reforming Trinity’s commercial strategy at a meeting of the University Board last December, and included recommendations for the potential development of the sports grounds in Santry and expanded commercial use of the Book of Kells …” (more)

[University Times, 6 March]

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Book of Kells seen by 10-millionth visitor

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2012 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin welcomed the 10-millionth visitor to the old library and Book of Kells visitor centre yesterday. English tourists Robbie Howatson, his parents Ian and Jan and sister Rosina were welcomed yesterday by the librarian, Robin Adams …” (more)

[Irish Times, 8 August]

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Trinity College Welcomes the 10 Millionth Visitor to the Old Library and Book of Kells Visitor Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2012 by steve

“The 10 millionth visitor to the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin since the creation of its visitor centre in 1992 was welcomed on August 8th by the Librarian, Mr Robin Adams. The Old Library and Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s major tourist venues …” (more)

[Trinity College Dublin, 8 August]

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Will Kells reclaim its most famous book?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2011 by steve

“It’s the heritage argument that won’t go away. The Kells Tourism Forum has delivered its most emphatic message yet to Trinity College Dublin that it wants the Book of Kells returned to the town …” (more)

[Una Mullally, Irish Times, 1 September]

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