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Burns Visiting Scholars


Bernard Meehan (Spring 1998)

Bernard Meehan is Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin. A specialist in early illuminated manuscripts, he has published on the Book of Kells, which is held at Trinity College, as well as the St. Cuthbert Gospel.  Meehan is a former chairman of the Irish Region of the Society of Archivists, as well as a former member of the National Archives Advisory Council (1987-1997). In addition to displaying and preserving medieval manuscripts, Meehan oversees several contemporary Irish collections that intersect with the holdings of the Burns Library, such as material related to the author Samuel Beckett.

A January 1998 Boston College Chronicle article on Meehan’s appointment as Burns Visiting Scholar is available online.

Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert

Selected publications:

With Denis Casey. “Brian Boru and the Book of Armagh.” History Ireland 22 (April 2014).

“The text and decoration of the Book of Kells.” In The Old Library Trinity College Dublin 1712-2012, W.E Vaughan , ed. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013.

The Book of Kells. London: Thames & Hudson, 2012.

“’New’ Narrative Scenes in the Book of Kells.” In Making Histories. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Insular Art, Jane Hawkes and Shaun Tyas, eds. York: Paul Watkins Publishers, 2011.

“The Book of Kells and the labour of writing.” Confluence, 2010-2011.

“The Faddan More Psalter.” Archaeology Ireland. Special Supplement: The Faddan More Psalter. A Medieval Manuscript Discovered in County Tipperary, Ireland, 20 July 2006. 77 (Autumn), 2006.