If you’d like to see the Book of Kells but aren’t going to make it to Dublin anytime soon, Trinity College has done a fantastic job of scanning the complete book and posting it online. Go to: http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v
We arrived in Dublin this afternoon and successfully navigated to our hotel in the downtown Temple Bar districtwith only a few snafus. The architecture mixes some incredible contemporary buildings alongside beautiful historic brick ones, all brightened with overflowing flower baskets. The sweeping span of the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the River Liffee contrasts with beautiful scrolling designs on the streetlights. Lots of design inspiration!
We walked to a lively pub for a late Irish lunch and traditional live music. Another wonderful meal after a jet-lag break with an amazing duo performing both contemporary ballads and jaunty Irish jigs. Tomorrow we start at the Book of Kells Museum!
I grew up steeped in the pride of our Irish heritage, although that’s only one part of the complex mix of ancestry that makes me American. My paternal great-grandfather emigrated from Lisburn, Northern Ireland (near Belfast) at the turn of the century. I also have a maternal great-grandmother from outside the Dublin area. I’m finally going to visit the Emerald Isle this summer, to both follow some of my ancestral threads and to explore the rich culture of textiles.
Our first stop will be Dublin, particularly to see the famous Book of Kells at Trinity College. If you haven’t seen pictures of this amazing illustrated manuscript, the whole book is now available to view online in excellent resolution at http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v
Here is a sample from on of the pages the is completely pictorial. The elaborate Celtic knots must have been painstakingly drawn… so complex and beautiful!
I’ll be adding photos and posts about the sights, experiences, and of course textiles I come across during my trip, so check back!