British New Testament Conference 31st Aug – 2nd September 2017

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The Faculty of Theology is delighted to welcome the British New Testament Society to Maynooth and its environs for its 2017 conference, from the evening of August 31 to the afternoon September 2. The 2017 conference will be preceded, on Thursday, August 31, by a Conference Fringe with visits to the Chester Beatty Library and the Book of Kells.

Situated 24 km West of Dublin city centre, and with good suburban rail and bus links, a visit to Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library (home of the eponymous papyri) and to the Old Library of Trinity College (which houses the Book of Kells) make for an interesting day out. Participants in the Conference Fringe will travel directly by private coach to the Chester Beatty Library, visit the collections. Afterwards they will walk to Trinity College (1km; 12 minutes) to visit the Book of Kells and the Long Room of the Old Library. Return to Maynooth is by suburban rail from nearby Pearse Station.

Proposed Timetable

09:00     Departure from Maynooth (College Gates, Old Campus)

09:45     Arrive Chester Beatty Library

10:00     Visits to CBL Collections and the Chester Beatty Papyri
Possibility of Lunch in the CBL (Silk Road Café) (not included in cost)

13:45     Visit to the Book of Kells

15:00     Free Time

16:00     Return to Maynooth (Suburban Rail, Pearse Street Station; cost €4.60) [Direct trains at

15:55, 16:09, 16:38, 17:37; journey time 50 minutes]

The conference programme is currently being finalised. The detailed programme will soon be available here. In the meantime, and to help in finalising your travel plans, know that onsite registration for this year’s conference will begin at 3pm on Thursday, August 31. The Opening Reception (in Pugin Hall) will begin at 5:30pm, followed by Dinner at 6:30pm, and the first Plenary Session at 8 pm. Rooms will be available from 2pm that day.

On Saturday, September 2, rooms are to be vacated by 10am. The Final Plenary is at 11:15 am, with lunch at 1pm, but available from midday for those who need or wish to depart early. As noted above, delegates who wish to stay on campus after the conference may do so at the conference rates.

To register for this conference please click HERE to be redirected to the Eventbrite booking page

The University town of Maynooth is located in north County Kildare.

  • 24km west of Dublin city centre via M4
  • 33km from Dublin airport via M50 & M4 (
  • 28km from Dublin Port (M4)
  • 41km from Dun Laoghaire port (M50 & M4)
  • Frequent commuter and intercity rail service to Dublin (Connolly & Pearse Street stations)
  • Frequent bus service (nos 66 & 67A) from Pearse Street (near Trinity College)