The Great Book of Ireland

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  • In 2012, following a five year fundraising campaign, the University College Cork acquired The Great Book of Ireland for US$1,000,000.

Griffith University Friends of the Library invite you to join John FitzGerald, University Librarian at Cork, and leader of the fundraising campaign, who will talk about the journey to acquire The Book, the treasures that are contained in it and what other opportunities the acquisition has created for UCC Library and the wider university.

The Great Book of Ireland is an extraordinary single vellum manuscript comprising the original work of 121 artists, 143 poets and nine composers. Produced in Dublin, Ireland, between 1989 and 1991, it was created as a fundraising venture to advance the development plans of two arts support organisations operating in the fields of visual art and poetry.

The artists, poets and composers were asked to contribute in their own medium what they believed represented their hopes, fears, dreams or imaginings in the Ireland of that particular time, and which would have resonance in a thousand years’ time – as the longevity of vellum allows.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and guest speaker John FitzGerald. You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member and attend this cocktail reception when you register. You do not have to be a Friend of the Library to attend the free presentation.

When: Thursday 31 July – doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Cocktail reception commences at 7.00pm
Where: Council Chambers, The Chancellery, Gold Coast Campus (G34_2.02)
RSVP: This is a free event, but registration is essential. Register now.

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