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Trinity College & Book of Kells
Trinity is located in the centre of Dublin, Ireland, on College Green opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament (now a branch of the Bank of Ireland). The campus occupies 190,000m² (47 acres), with many buildings, both old and new, ranged around large courts (known as "squares") and two playing fields. The Library of Trinity College is a copyright library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million books and significant quantities of maps, manuscripts and music.
The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland. As a result of its historic standing, Trinity is a legal deposit library (as per Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003) for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and has a similar standing in Irish law. The college is therefore legally entitled to a copy of every book published in Great Britain and Ireland and consequently receives over 100,000 new items every year. The library contains 4.5 million books, including 30,000 current serials and significant collections of manuscripts, maps, and printed music. Six library facilities are available for general student use.
The €27 million James Usher Library, opened officially by the President of Ireland in April 2003, is the newest addition to Trinity's library facilities. The eight story 9,500 m² building provides 750 new reader spaces and houses the Glucksman Map Library and Conservation Department. The Glucksman library contains half a million printed maps, the largest collection of cartographic materials in Ireland. This includes the first Ordnance Surveys of Ireland, conducted in the early 19th century.
The Book of Kells is by far the Library's most famous book and is located in the Old Library, along with the Book of Durrow, the Book of Howth and other ancient texts. The Book of Kells is widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. Transcribed by Celtic monks around the year 800, it contains the four Gospels of the New Testament in Latin, and is a spectacular example of the tradition of illuminated manuscripts. Also incorporating the Long Room, the Old Library is one of Ireland's biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
Three million books are held in the book depository in Santry, from which requests are retrieved twice daily.
In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, notably used on the Irish Euro coins.
On behalf of the Nagle family who travelled from Australia, America, Great Britain and Ireland for our family reunion I would like to thank Milda Grigone and Irish Tourism for all they have done for us since we started to organise our family reunion well over 1 year ago.
Any time I sent Milda an email she got back to me straight away no problem to big to solve.
We found them to be very professional.
Iris Tourism made our reunion a memorable occasion which we will be forever grateful.
Many thanks to
Steve Royston and a very special thanks to Milda Grigone who I found to be a very easy person to communicate with her professionalism is to be commended.
We stayed at the Glenroyle Hotel in Maymooth for 4 nights.
The staff at the hotel could not do enough for us from the time we arrived to the time we left.
The rooms were perfect and very clean as you would expect.
On the Saturday night we had a gala night the function room had a very homely feel to it and the food was excellent.
The leisure centre kept the children occupied.
This is a hotel I would recommend to anyone having a family reunion many thanks to the Glenroyle Hotel.
Once again thanks to everyone who made this a very memorable occasion for the Nagle Family.
On behalf of the Nagle Family
Nagle Family Reunion