On Thursday 30 April the DCS Book Club went to Dublin for some literary experiences. We boarded the bus at 7.30 am and set off on a journey that took us around the world and over 2000 years into the past!
First stop on our trip was the world famous Chester Beatty Library. For those not familiar this library is also an art museum, and houses the great collection of manuscripts, painting, drawings, rare books and decorative art assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Situated in the beautiful Dublin Castle it lived up to its reputation as one of Europe’s greatest museums. Our guided tour charted the life of the written word and the book. We saw examples of ancient tablets, through an example of The Book of the Dead written on papyrus, right up to modern day bounded paper books. Amazing!
Next, we took in the National Art Gallery. Although most the gallery was closed due to renovations it was wonderful. Again we got a guided tour and our guides were fantastic. They were very kind, funny and knowledgeable. They gave us a great welcome and described some of their most impressive pieces from The Renaissance right up to the striking cubist pieces from Picasso and Le Brocquy.
We finished our tour as only a Book Club should and that was with a visit to Trinity College to see The Book of Kells and the Old Library. On display in The Old Library that day was a collection of children’s stories and books. It was great to see how some of our most loved books from modern times, such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and The Hobbit, drew inspiration from fairy and folk tales from centuries ago.
A wonderful day was had and there will be a lot of pressure on us to top that next year!
Mr Stephen Lynch