Dublin is a vibrant city on the river Liffey. There are many lively bars and historic buildings to explore. Dublin is home to some of the best Georgian Architecture in the world. The prominent stone structures that line the cobbled streets make this a charming city to stroll through.
You don’t have to be a scholar to visit the Dublin’s famous Trinity College. The university attracts devotees of history, art, books and religion as well as scholars. The Old Library has been collecting journals, documents and manuscripts for over 400 years. The library has some of it’s more famous manuscripts and artefacts on display. Amongst the precious items on display is the Book of Kells.
Arriving in Dublin
Direct flights to Dublin are available from various European capital cities. My daughter and I have flown directly to Dublin from various airports in the UK and the USA.
A visa to enter Ireland may be required depending on your nationality. Check with the government website if you are unsure.
Australian citizens do not need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland.
The best way to see Ireland is by road. I like to hire a car each time that I visit. Ireland is an easy country to drive in. Australians do not need to have an international licence. Just present your current drivers licence at hire car desk at the airport.
We mostly left our car in the hotel car park for time we were in Dublin. If you choose a hotel close to the city centre most attractions are within walking distance.
Trinity College was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The Queen sought to promote learning and further the Protestant Reformation in Ireland. Trinity College was the first university in Ireland to award degrees.
The Old Library contains millions of documents, certificate 3 disability journals and manuscripts. The library became a legal depository in the 1800’s. The collection continues to grow.
The library is home to the “Turning Darkness into Light” Exhibition featuring the Book of Kells. Documents and manuscripts related to the book are included in the display.
The library also houses Ireland’s oldest harp. The 15th century harp is featured on Ireland’s coins.
The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is a beautiful 9th century manuscript that contains four Gospels of the New Testament. The document is hand painted and scripted. The Book of Kells is filled with richly coloured plates depicting Gospel scenes and highly decorated letters at the beginning of passages in the text. The book is a work of art as well as a religious manuscript.