Final dates: Guided walks are taking place on Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd of November 2013 at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.
Places are still available.
These walking tours represent an important collaboration between Dublin City Council and five of Dublin’s museums and cultural institutions, and offers an odyssey from the 6th century to the present day through some of Dublin’s most extraordinary places. The tours are scripted and led by Art Historian, Dr. Laura Cleaver from Trinity College Dublin. They are designed for small groups to support intimate and close engagement with the objects and their uncertain histories and, to create a thread running through the city, prompting the walkers to reflect on questions of time, space, and belief.
Each tour culminates in a visit to the newly commissioned public artwork by artist Tracy Hanna “Everything’s moving below the surface”, sited in the hidden Chapter House of St. Mary’s, which has been described as Dublin’s “most evocative medieval building” and offers a stimulating location for the display of this exciting new public art commission inspired by ideas resonant in the Colm Cille story.
The tour starts at the Royal Irish Academy in Dawson St and last for two hours.
Tours will visit an object in each of the five museums and institutions:
The Cathach manuscript at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St.
The Shrine of the Cathach at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St.
The Book of Kells in Trinity College
The Canons of St Basil at the Chester Beatty Library
The Life of Colm Cille in Marsh’s Library
'Everything’s moving below the surface' is also be open to visitors on Saturday16th and Saturday 23rd of November between 10am and 5
Booking Information; to book your place please go to
Tickets are priced at €10 per person (price includes admission to the Book of Kells,Marsh’s Library and a copy of the Colm Cille: The Object catalogue).
The Walking Tours have been limited to take into consideration the fragile nature of some of the objects, and sites, and the opening times of the institutions, and are designed for small groups of people to enable an intimate engagement with the objects. Members of the public are encouraged also to take their own tours, if the times of the guided walks do not suit them, but please note that due to its fragile nature, the Cathach will only be on public display during the four days of the walking tour.
In addition to this visual art commission and guided walking tour, five emerging writers have fictitiously responded to the featured objects with short writings that will be published in the catalogue that will accompany this project. Along with these writings by Cathy Sweeney, Colin Barrett, Jamie O'Connell, Kevin Curran and Leeanne Quinn, the catalogue will also provide maps, guides, images and texts by art historian Laura Cleaver and writer Francis McKee.
In further association with this project, a seminar ‘Colm Cille’s Spirals: art, history and legacy of the Cathach’ will take place at the Royal Irish Academy on Thursday 21st of November 2013 with presentations by Cormac Bourke, Brian Lacey and Laura Cleaver. Advance booking is essential; please see www.ria.ie/events for further details.