The Book of Kells

Image by John MacLean Photography :

Image by John MacLean Photography :

The Book of Kells is a constant object of attention for the staff of the Manuscripts and Achives Research Library.

On the 1st November Dr Bernard Meehan, Head of Research Collections and Keeper of Manuscripts presented a talk on the Book of Kells at Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival, held at An Lanntair Stornoway, 30th October to 2nd November 2013. The festival theme was ‘Taisteal is Turas: Pilgrimage and Journey: Beyond the equinox to the cusp of winter, the frontier of inquiry’. The talk was chaired by Malcolm Maclean, former Director of Proiseact nan Ealan and present Chairman UNESCO Scotland.

Caoimhe ní Ghormáin was interviewed about the Book of Kells and the Old Library on Raidió na Life you can listen to Caoimhe’s interview 20 minutes into the programme.

In 2009 the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library worked closely with the Cartoon Saloon in the production of their animated movie The Secret of Kells. Prints from the Oscar nominated film, many drawing inspiration from the images found within the Book of Kells, will be on view at The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Temple Bar from 11 January 2014.

A full set of digital images from the Book of Kells can also be viewed online via Trinity College Library’s Digital Collections resource.

Finally, the Book of Kells itself can be visited as part of the Turning Darkness into Light exhibition on display in the magnificent Trinity College Old Library which will remain open until 17.00 on 23 December 2013 and re-open at 9.30 on 2 January 2014.

Estelle Gittins