The Library is opened and the Replica Book of Kells unveiled

18 July 2007

The unveiling of the replica Book of Kells at the opening of the library at Ionad Naomh Moluag was a day truly worth celebrating.  It recognises Lismoreís place in the ecclesiastical history of Argyll, for, while St Columba is much celebrated, St Moluag is almost unknown despite his having made Lismore a great early centre of Christianity.

When Museum Development Officer Catherine Gillies unveiled the replica, she told members of the Historical Society that Elaine Robertson had been very influential in getting the book here simply by mentioning to the Argyll and Bute officers that Lismore deserved to be celebrated along with Iona. The Officers were very receptive and so the book has taken its place in the new library where it can be seen until 2 September.

The opening of Lismoreís new reference library was a milestone in the recording and gathering of the islandís history. Barbara MacDougall has worked hard collecting Gaelic and English books with help from members of Comann Eachdraidh Lios MÚr in particular David White. There are books too from the old UF manse donated by the Oddling family.

The lending library will, as before come from Argyll and Bute Library services, and it includes a childrenís section.

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