New home will give Book of Kells a boost
THE Book of Kells, one of the biggest draws for tourists in the capital, is to get a new home in Trinity College, writes Shane Hickey.
The university has received €2.7m of funding to shift the historical attraction to a new venue beside its current location to attract an additional 250,000 visitors every year.
Robin Adams, the college librarian, said the current display area in the Old Library is under pressure from the 500,000 people who flock to see it every year.
The funding from the Department of Transport and Tourism will be used to construct a venue for the relic in the adjacent Berkeley Library and will include new technology "to give insight into the manuscripts", he said.
The first phase of the move is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, while the entire project is due to be finished by 2016.
Mr Adams said the college does not want the exhibition to close during the renovation.