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The Book of Kells tweetz:

One week left to see the stunning Long Room exhibition on Irish poet Brendan Kennelly which spans over five decades of his work. Free to Book of Kells ticket holders and Trinity students and staff.”

Brendan Kennelly?

Forever Begin (Trinity College Dublin)


Nassau Street, Dublin yesterday

A displeased monk calls for the ‘return’ of the Book of Kells to Meath.

Via Wikipedia:

There are at least five competing theories about the manuscript’s place of origin and time of completion. First, the book, or perhaps just the text, may have been created at Iona, then brought to Kells, where the illuminations were perhaps added, and never finished.
Second, the book may have been produced entirely at Iona. Third, the manuscript may have been produced entirely in the scriptorium at Kells. Fourth, it may have been produced in the north of England, perhaps at Lindisfarne, then brought to Iona and from there to Kells. Finally, it may have been the product of an unknown monastery in Pictish Scotland


Thanks Daniel



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US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha take a look at the Book of Kells and other literature in Trinity College Dublin’s Old Library.

They love it.

Top two pics via The Obama Diary and Sarah Bardon

Others by Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland



Michelle and the girls sign the college’s visitors’ book.

Via Mary Regan

Just 11 mm in diameter, weighing 0.5 grams and among 12,000 of the little blighters released today, the €20 Gold Proof coin is one of the smallest in the world and its design –  a monk working on The Book of Kells – is by artist Thomas Ryan.

It also costs €45.


2012 €20 Gold Proof Coin – Irish Monastic Art (Central Bank)

(Pics: Jason Clarke)