The Great Book of Ireland was exhibited for the first time in Chicago on October 20th, 2010 at the Union League Club of Chicago
At a reception kindly sponsored by UCC alumnus, Mr Devon Bruce and his wife, Mrs Yvonne Bruce, Mr Theo Dorgan, Poet, Writer and Editor of the Great Book of Ireland shared his unique perspective on the cultural significance of this magnificent manuscript.
The Great Book of Ireland, described as ‘the Book of Kells of the second millennium’ by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is a unique manuscript containing works by 140 poets, 120 artists and 9 composers, including Nobel laureates Samuel Beckett, Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney and renowned painters Louis le Brocquy, Pauline Bewick and Basil Blackshaw. It is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest national treasures.
pictured at the reception l-r: Professor Paul and Mrs Sheila Whelton, Dr Michael Murphy, President, UCC and Mrs Yvonne Bruce
See the Great Book of Ireland on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPpmlE2scTI
* UCC hopes to acquire the Great Book of Ireland from Poetry Ireland and the Clashganna Mills Trust, two charities dedicated to the support and celebration of poetry and art in Ireland. In acquiring the Great Book of Ireland, UCC and its graduates and friends will enable public access to this hugely significant volume while simultaneously providing much needed support to the poets and artists of Ireland. Sponsors will be honoured on a dedicated plaque when the Great Book is on display at UCC.