Really Old Books

Trinity College

September 19:  Trinity College, founded by Queen Elizabeth I, is the oldest university in Ireland.  A sign for “Fresher Week” welcomed new students.  Trinity holds The Book of Kells, written in 800 A.D., and several other beautiful manuscripts that helped preserve learning during the “dark ages.”  However, photographs were not permitted.

We saw a lot of Dublin and many of its famous painted front doors as well as the wealthy residential communities and suburbs including Killiney

"Faulty Towers?"

(home to “rock stars”) and the seaside towns of Newtownsmith and Bray to the south of Dublin.

Dublin Castle

Chester Bray amassed an American mining fortune in the early 1900s and then amassed a huge scholarly collection of ancient writings, manuscripts and books from all over the world.  He gave his collection to Ireland.  It is now in the Dublin Castle, and he became Ireland’s only “honorary citizen.”  We spent a couple of hours browsing the displays of papyrus to velum to scrolls to printing before heading out to another Pub for dinner where I was served sole steamed in a bamboo basket.  The food has been surprising and good.

“The best doctors are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet and Doctor Merryman.” — Jonathan Swift


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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