Book of Kells in College Park

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to Sarah Alyn Stacey’s (Letters, November 9th) suggestion to exhibit the Book of Kells in Kells for the duration of the renovation of Trinity College’s Old Library, perhaps now is the time for the Book of Kells to return to Kells permanently …” (more)

[Oliver Joyce, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Book of Kells in College Park

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Readers of The Irish Times will recall as I do the proposal to build an underground car park in Trinity’s College Park some years ago. When alumni of the college heard of this, there was a public outcry and the plan was swiftly abandoned …” (more)

[Sarah Alyn Stacey, Irish Times, 9 November]

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The Book of Kells Exhibition Proposal is a Slap in the Face to Sport Clubs

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Provost Linda Doyle’s campaign for Trinity’s top job centred around the redistribution of power and giving everyone in the community a voice. Are Trinity’s sportspeople excluded from this community? If College goes ahead with building a temporary two-storey pavilion on College Park to house the Book of Kells exhibition, then sportspeople can take it as a clear message: Trinity cares about you until the Book of Kells gets in the way …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Trinity College warned Notre Dame cathedral-style fire could destroy Book of Kells

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College warned of the risk of a fire like that which struck Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral in an application for €25m in Government funding to redevelop their historic Old Library. They said a ‘litany of destructive fires’ at historic buildings around the world illustrated the risks of deterioration and damage to the library, which houses the Book of Kells …” (more)

[Ken Foxe, Independent, 6 August]

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Government announces €25 million in funding for Trinity College’s Old Library

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced funding of €25 million for the restoration of one of Ireland’s foremost national heritage sites, the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. The Old Library is home to the magnificent Long Room and precious manuscripts, including the 9th century Book of Kells …” (more)

[TCD, 20 May]

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Trinity College Dublin to spend €150,000 on campus tour app

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is set to spend €150,000 on the development of a new app for self-guided tours by tourists of the historic city centre campus. About one million people visited the campus each year before the Covid shutdown, to view the Book of Kells exhibition, generating €12.7 million in revenues. Of those, 87% were overseas visitors …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Book of Kells sustains €10m revenue hit in 2020 due to plummeting visitor numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“One of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) last year sustained a €10m revenue hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The college’s Library Shop also felt the full force in plummeting numbers visiting the ancient manuscript with revenues there reducing by €4 million or 77% …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 16 April]

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New Book of Kells set-up allows display of some pages for first time in decades

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Book of Kells is finally getting a setting worthy of its status as a world-renowned cultural artefact and Ireland’s best known treasure. For decades the book, visited by some 500,000 people a year, was on display in a glass case in the old library at Trinity College Dublin. However, neither the light nor the location were regarded as optimal for a ninth century manuscript …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 14 September]

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Self-Isolation Rules for Tourists Entering Campus Will Not be Policed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International tourists visiting the Book of Kells will be told that they must self-isolate for two weeks before entering campus, but will not be required to prove that they have followed this guideline. Campus is opening to tourists from August 10th onwards. Visitors must first book online to see the Book of Kells exhibition before entering …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 7 August]

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Book of Kells visitor centre and Old Library works planned by TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has lodged major plans for a new visitor centre for its Book of Kells exhibition and urgent works to its 18th-century Old Library. The Book of Kells exhibition last year generated revenues of €12.7 million as more than one million visitors paid to view the ancient and priceless manuscript …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 17 July]

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College settles legal action over Book of Kells

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

Ireland“Trinity has settled a High Court action which was taken by the company which sells tickets for the Book of Kells exhibition in the Old Library, the Times reported yesterday. Future Ticketing, a Tullamore based company, has run the ticketing system for the exhibition since 2016. The company had alleged that a new four-year contract to run the ticketing operation had been wrongly awarded …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 6 July]

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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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