Trinity College in Dublin
Trinity College, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, is one of Ireland’s oldest higher-level educational institutions. Some of Ireland’s most renowned literary personalities and political members have graduated from here, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and President Mary Robinson to name a few.
The historical campus is located in the heart of Dublin city centre. Its picturesque setting spreads across 47 acres with cricket and rugby pitches, as well as tennis courts. The majority of the iconic buildings at Trinity College date back to the 18th century.
Trinity College Library
The library at Trinity College in Dublin, established in 1801, is entitled to at least one copy of every publication published in Ireland, free of charge. This is due to its status as a legal deposit library. Over the years the Trinity College Library has amassed a stock of over five million books, many held off site but are available to order. Trinity College alumni have access to this impressive service even after they graduate.
The Book of Kells
The single most precious item on the Trinity College campus. An illuminated manuscript from 800AD containing four gospels of the New Testament. Still vivid and colourful today, a librarian turns over a new page of The Book of Kells every single day.
Other interesting facts about Trinity College in Dublin
- Trinity College is often referred to as the oldest university, but actually it wasn’t the very first established in Ireland
- Superstition states that if a student passes under the bell tower while it is tolling they will fail their final exams
- On graduation day, a celebratory walk under the bell tower is a rite of passage for students
- Trinity College students can view the Book of Kells (Ireland’s finest national treasure) free of charge, any time they wish