And last night, The Great Book of Ireland — a hand-crafted anthology of Irish art, music, and poetry — was on display in all its glory at a ceremony in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork.
President Michael D Higgins — himself a contributor to the book — was there to mark UCC’s acquisition of the book.
He said: “The Great Book of Ireland is both a celebration and an affirmation; a celebration of the creative talent for which we, as a nation, are renowned and an affirmation of the great wealth of creativity that exists in this country.”
The university paid $1m (€752,000) to acquire The Great Book — a vellum manuscript compiled between 1989 and 1991 that contains the handwritten work of nine composers, 121 artists, and 143 poets, including three Nobel laureates: Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott. ”.