Security was stepped up on Wednesday evening June 17th 2015 by Trinity College Dublin for the launch of the Hay Festival in Kells.
Kells Chamber of Commerce and the Hay Festival Committee lurched over our book of Kells as the photos were taken.
As the Abbot Ronnie approached the entrance of the college to the toilet, he was met by 2 security and 4 armed Gardai and requested to step out of their grounds. “I’d like to use the toilet facilities” the Abbot said but no entry was permitted.
As the Abbot Ronnie was armed with a loud speaker -which could be mistaken for a Rocket Launcher and a microphone – which could be mistaken for a hand grenade! Dublin was put on high alert as the Abbot Ronnie approached Trinity College.
Abbot Ronnie stood for hours stating his case that Trinity College makes €6 million every year on our book and they give nothing back to Kells, only insults.
Abbot Ronnie collected lots of petition signatures especially American ,Australian, Chinese, all dismayed that the Book of Kells is not in Kells with comments from the public on “How it came to end up in Trinity?” Answer they stole it in 1640 and it is recorded as such. Colmcille Law states any money made from the secret manuscript be given to the people he didn’t mention trinity college.
Shame on the small minded thinking of a certain few in Kells Chamber and The Hay Festival Committee the only people who knew Abbot Ronnie was heading to Dublin.
Ronnie McGrane (Local Business man and Director of KellsOnline) did request an invitation to the Launch and they didn’t even show the courtesy to reply.
He also reported to the local Garda station and was fully compliant with the law.