Three accommodation providers have agreed special conference rates for the duration of the conference. They are in ascending order of cost:

1.UCD Campus Accommodation have 70 rooms on hold at 69 euro per night and 8 euro for breakfast in the canteen, pay as you go. There is an early cut-off date for these rooms. Please book by 1st April, at the latest. These are single rooms in shared apartments of approximately 4 to 6 people. Delegates who wish to avail of this option are asked to book directly with UCD Campus Accommodation

Residents on campus have the advantage of access (extra cost) to all sports facilities, including a 50m pool. Check out the facilities here: UCD Sports Centre. There is also the UCD Clubhouse for post-session chats and drinks. For those of you who would prefer a late evening stroll, UCD has 8km of guided Woodland Walks. 

2. The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan is a twenty-five-minute walk from the Sutherland Building, where the conference will be held. It also offers a Shuttle Service to and from the campus, which must be booked in advance each day. For 159 single occupancy (B&B) or 169 double occupancy (B&B), the Talbot Hotel is holding 30 rooms, with a reduction in available rooms on the 14th April. To book at the conference rate, please use their website (link above)  and the following Code: EBSC2019.

 3.The St Helen’s Radisson Hotel is a twenty-minute walk from the Sutherland Building, where the conference will be held. It does not offer a Shuttle Service and is accessed by crossing one of the footbridges over the N11. For 189 single occupancy (B&B) or 199 double occupancy (B&B), based on a minimum four night stay, the St. Helen’s Radisson Hotel is holding 10 rooms at the agreed rate, with a cut-off date of 1st May 2019. To book this option, at the conference rate, it is better to email direct and mention that you are delegate of the EBS 2019 Conference.

For public transport to UCD see previous post: 

Abstracts Accepted

We received an exciting selection of abstracts and so, after some deliberation, the acceptance emails were sent last week. Working on the conference theme of social media, papers address the materiality of texts,  fragments, networks of distribution, the influence of early printers,  the role of later libraries, authorial interests and more. The clever referencing of social media was fun and thought provoking.

Roughly speaking for now, the conference will begin on Sunday afternoon the 7th, we are looking at a conference of approximately 80 papers. Brendan O’Connell is hosting a mid-week trip to Trinity College, where we will have a ‘show and tell’ with some of the holdings there (speakers tbd), and three plenaries (tbc). The Conference will conclude on Wednesday the 10th with a Banquet as per usual and the option of a trip on Thursday the 11th (details to follows).

Next steps for you: accommodation details will be posted in the next week; we are just waiting for a link to one of the spaces.

Next steps for us: (1) draft the programme. Speakers have 20 (to not more than 25 minutes) for papers, please, unless informed otherwise (some jointly presented papers may be longer, but contact the conference organizers about this option). (2) Work on registration details.

Meanwhile, for details on getting to and from Dublin and UCD, see

Getting to UCD

To Dublin From the Airport

Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is located north of Dublin City Centre. There are frequent connecting buses from the airport to the city centre, including a special shuttle service, Airlink which brings passengers directly to Busáras (Central Bus Station, Dublin).

Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown / Sandyford / Stillorgan which passes UCD.

From Dublin to UCD

Most of you will be arriving from Dublin city centre, and the easiest way to get to UCD’s Belfield campus is to take a city bus. The 46A, 145, and 39A buses go through the centre of town and come directly to campus. Timetables are more suggestions than schedules, and buses can be quite busy around rush hour times. From the city centre, leave yourself at least 45 minutes to catch a bus and find your way across the UCD campus.
NB: All Dublin Bus buses have wifi.

Catching a bus

Have loose change, as the bus doesn’t accept bills, and you’ll need to pay with exact change. Just tell the driver you are going to UCD, and she or he will tell you the fare. From city centre, the cash fare is €2.85. You can plan your journey on

Arriving at UCD

The 39A bus terminates at UCD, so no need to worry about getting off at the right stop. If you catch the 46A or 145, just press one of the red stop buttons when the electronic sign on the bus says UCD, or ask the driver to point out the campus. Many people get off at campus; you won’t miss it.

Both the 46A and the 145 set down on Stillorgan road. With your back to the bus, walk toward the overpass you’ve just passed. You’ll turn left at the light, cross the overpass/bridge over the motorway and be on campus. You will be able to follow the crowd.


Taxis are very easy to hail in town or from one of many taxi stands on main streets or in front of hotels. If you need to pay by card, be sure to ask the driver before you get in whether she or he accepts cards.

If you like pay-by-phone apps, MyTaxi is the most prominent one in Dublin. You can download it, add a credit card, and call a taxi anywhere that your phone is internet connected.


Avoid driving to campus if at all possible. Parking is extremely tight, though there are a few spots available for 3 Euro per day. For driving and parking directions, see here:

Dublin Libraries and Archives of interest

There are many opportunities for research in medieval and early books in Dublin: 

The UCD Irish Franciscan Archives hold Irish and Continental manuscripts from the eleventh century, as well as a valuable collection of early printed books.

Trinity College Dublin Manuscripts and Archives holds a large collection of medieval manuscripts from across the world and Trinity College Library Early Printed Books houses early printed books.  See also Beyond the Book of Kells series

With a collection of over 25,000 early books,  Marsh’s Library is an eighteenth-century library preserved in its original state.

Edward Worth Library, Dublin is the collection of an eighteenth-century Dublin physician which specialises in medicine and early science, but also holds a fine collection of early modern typography and book bindings.

Royal Irish Academy holds a number of early Irish manuscripts, an Arabic medieval astronomical tract and a French Book of Hours among other holdings.

The National Library has a number of manuscripts from the 11th century on, many are Gaelic; there are a number of early maps

National Museum Ireland has a number of manuscripts, including the Fadden More Psalter (c. 800) discovered in a bog in 2006.

Located on the Grounds of Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty is a delightful collection in a beautiful space. It houses a diverse collection of manuscripts, early print books,
Continue reading “Dublin Libraries and Archives of interest”

Call for papers


Deadline: 1 December 2018

Social Media in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Production, Circulation, and Reception of MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350 to 1550; University College Dublin, July 7 to July 11

This conference theme may be as narrowly or broadly interpreted as necessary, though always with reference to the history of MSS and books from 1350 to 1550, and their material culture. The EBS conference organizers encourage proposals on MSS and books as an early form of social media that promote cultural, artistic or religious ideas; on the making, reading, and ownership of manuscripts and early printed books, especially when influences can be traced between books, owners, or readers; on texts that share content or respond to content in other texts; on the circulation of books or inheriting of books indicated by wills or by annotations in the books themselves; on the cachet of owning and lending books; on gossip, discussion, reputations of books or the libraries that house them; on marginal inscriptions or drawings that comment on the text or respond to those of earlier or other readers; on the social networks in which MSS and books travelled, or perhaps helped to create, among other related themes. Theoretical approaches that engage directly with MSS and books are welcome. Proposals for papers that describe MSS and books owned, made or read by women, along with abstracts that engage with MSS and books from outside Western Europe and/or which place Western European MSS and books in dialogue with those from other parts of the globe and other cultures are especially encouraged. Lectures or proposed full sessions, especially those that consider the transition from script to print, bibliographic issues, or the movement of books within or into Ireland, are also of particular interest.

Send your title and abstract (350 words) along with a-v requirements to the program committee by December 1. These are: Martha Driver at, Niamh Pattwell at, and Margaret Connolly at (Please include EBS Conference Abstract DUBLIN 2019 in the subject line of your email. Please also send a paper copy of your abstract to Martha Driver at Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, Rm 511F, New York, NY 10038 so as to insure that nothing is lost in transit. Scholars planning to combine the conference with a research trip might be reminded that the many library collections in Dublin tend to be busy with visitors in the summer months, so booking ahead is advised.