“Hunting Words I Sit All Night” – Trinity College and the Book of Kells

A bucket list dream was ticked off today with a visit to Trinity College. About 32 years it has been on the “must see” list…and finally! It happened. It was very surreal at one point and couldn’t quite believe I was there – standing, perhaps, where James Joyce himself may have stood. Just…wow!

Also went in to view the Book of Kells and was particularly taken with the writing of the monk in St Gallen. Beautiful words that really struck me. Strictly no photos inside (apart from in the Long Room), but thankfully the wonderful Pangur Bán was printed in a pamphlet. The “turning darkness into light” reminded me so much of what I say about Simple Minds’ music and Jim’s song writing. That “dark light” I talk of.

When I am home and rested, I will read more on the St Gallen monk(s). Much too far back in time for those guys to enjoy a Toblerone/two. Monastic life would have hardly allowed it anyway.



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