Gala Evening

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this Symposium, a night of history, music, dance and craic has been planned for delegates.  Please note that there is a strict limit on numbers at this event, so the tickets will be sold on a first-come basis.

  1. Tour of the Book of Kells
    Trinity is home to the Book of Kells Exhibition, a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed, which displays the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is Ireland's greatest cultural treasure and the world's most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. 

  2. Drinks Reception in the Trinity Long Hall Library:
    The Library’s history dates back to the establishment of the College in 1592 and is the largest library in Ireland. Today it has over 6 million printed volumes with extensive collections of journals, manuscripts, maps and music reflecting over 400 years of academic development. The most famous of its manuscripts, the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, were presented by Henry Jones, Bishop of Meath and former vice-chancellor of the University, in the 1660s. Other special collections include the Ussher Collection acquired in 1661 and the Fagel Collection of 1802.

    The Library was endowed with Legal Deposit privilege in 1801 and continues to receive copies of material published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

    The Library supports the learning and research needs across all disciplines of the College; it is a major research library of international repute; it provides services to a wide range of external users and institutions; it contributes to the development of creative initiatives in information provision and its exhibitions of manuscripts and other treasures attract thousands of visitors to visit the Old Library each year. 

  3. Dinner in the Trinity Dining Hall:
    The 18th century Dining Hall with its warm wood panelling is ideal for the HCV2018 Gala Dinner. The 4-course meal, serving the best of Irish seasonal produce, will include wine.

  4. CEILI – Traditional Irish Music and Dance
    This will take place in the Atrium, directly beside the Dining Hall. Irish Céilí dancing is relaxed dancing in couples or groups and is performed to traditional Irish music.  There will be Instructors, dancers and musicians to help you learn the steps and patterns. Some of our Céilí dances (not Riverdance) can be traced back to the 1500s…. so don’t forget your dancing shoes!!!

  5. After-Party (Open to All delegates)

    The Rads, a five-piece band, are flying in from Leeds, UK, to host an After-Party on Wednesday Oct 10th.  The Rads promise you a night to remember, with upbeat tunes from the 1960s to the 2000s, from disco and soul to rock’n’roll.  

    The After-Party will also feature special guests including Stark Polarris (a.k.a. Steve Polyak and Mark Harris), familiar to International HCV regulars! 

    The venue is Hely’s Bar, on Dame Street, just a short walk from the Gala venue.  The event is free – just bring your dancing shoes!   Come along and celebrate 25 years of HCV meetings!



Photos at Trinity Library





Important Dates

Friday, 31st August
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Monday, 24th September
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