Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 17: Trinity College and a Ghostly Legend

Don't Walk Under the Trinity Bell Tower when Bell Tolls!
This is Part 16 of our Ireland Trip blog, and our walking history tour with Garvan. We call this blog: Trinity College and a  Ghostly Legend. Garvan was our "Dublin Tour Guide" and you can find him at

TRINITY COLLEGE- One of the stops during the tour of important places in Dublin was Trinity College. Trinity College, known in full as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth. It's a research university and the sole constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland. It was founded in 1592!

BELL-TOLLING SUPERSTITION - Garvan told us that students are told not to walk under the bell tower in the Front Square. Because if the bell tolls while someone is under it, they will fail your exams. 
copy of Book of Kells
WHY WAS TRINITY COLLEGE ESTABLISHED? It was set up in part to consolidate the rule of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland, and it was seen as the university of the Protestant Ascendancy for much of its history. It is  is located on College Green, opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament.

WHAT IS THE BOOK OF KELLS AT THE COLLEGE? - The Book of Kells  is an ornate/artistic manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in either Britain or Ireland or may have had contributions from various Columban institutions from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created around 800 AD. It's kept in the university under glass.
     It's a big attraction there.  The day we were there, there was a long line of people waiting to see it. We skipped it and caught a copy of it in another building that Garvan took us into (off-campus). 

Standing in one of Trinity College's squares

THE GHOSTLY DARK FIGURE -Trinity college is known for a dark shadow figure that walks around outside in the college "squares."
  According to the book "Haunted Ireland" published by Picture Press, the ghost is that of Dr. Samuel Clossey.
  Clossey was the head of the College's practice of medicine from 1786 to 1803. He is Reputed to have dug up corpses from graves to conduct medical experiments on them. In addition, there's a story that two of his medical students went missing and were suspected of being killed by the doctor. 
  The ghostly figure is reputed to be carrying a case containing medical instruments in one hand, and a sack full of body parts in another hand. 

UPKEEP OF THE BUILDINGS - While we were walking through the college "squares" we saw construction workers installing new cobblestones. It was pretty impressive how they had to take measurements over and over again and carefully place the cobblestones one at a time. It seems like a process that takes a long time! 

Builders were actually laying new cobblestones on campus

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next