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Lynn Ruane at Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union election count in the Mont Clare Hotel, Dublin on Friday night

The single mother from Killinarden in Tallaght, Dublin dropped out of school without completing her Leaving Cert when she became pregnant at the age of 15. She was “seven or eight months pregnant” when sitting the Junior Cert and “wouldn’t have had the greatest experience in secondary school in the first place”, she admitted.

But fast forward 15 years later and Lynn (30) has become a shining light for equality and triumph over adversity after being elected President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union…

….Her road back to education began almost immediately after Jordanne’s birth, when she took up a alternative education system pilot programme for young mothers in Jobstown, Tallaght. When she was 17, she went on to do a course in addiction studies in Tallaght IT – against the wishes of the coordinator, who felt she was too young. By the age of 21, she was working for the Canal task force to develop a service for young drug users.

When austerity hit, it unnerved me how quick things got pulled out of communities, so I felt I needed to get a better education to fight it,” said Lynn…

…She stated at a hustings that she wants her children to “grow up in a world where your gender, class, parental status or race is not a barrier to success” and that “everything I do is to create an environment for my amazing young girls to flourish…”

Lynn Ruane elected first female president of TCDSU in 12 years (Andrew O’Donovan, TrinityNews)

Trinity student president vows to fight college austerity (Nicola Anderson, Independent.ie)

Lynn Ruane Elected TCDSU President (Sinead Baker, The University Times)

Pics via Trinity News

currentprint-web-trinity-1TCD logo before (top) and after (above)

Same as the old Trinity College Dublin logo.

Released today –  following amusing design controversy – to the readers of The University Times.

It’s literally a badge of design compromise.

“In early April, a logotype was presented for preliminary approval to the Board, despite significant opposition from internal college groups, such as the Fellows, who had said that they “did not think [their] views were being listened to”.

Significant controversy arose from a perceived name change in the initial logotype, which dropped the “Dublin” from “Trinity College Dublin” in favour of “Trinity College, the University of Dublin”, in an effort to emphasise that Trinity was a university.

The logotype was also perceived to look toy-like and less “heraldic”, leading to widespread parody on social media. The logotype approved today retains the “Trinity College Dublin” name and includes a more heraldic logo.

Trinity Reveals Revised Visual Identity Logotype) Edmund Heaphy, UniversityTimes)

Thanks Samuel Riggs


But it’s  close, in fairness.

G’wan the Trinity College JobBridge.

Research Assistant (JobBridge)

Thanks Third Level Workplace Watch


Behind and above the Front Gate.

There be cobblestones/protestants.

Kev writes:

You might like this. It includes some fine dronesmanship and time-lapse footage of a sunny day in Dublin (well, Trinity mostly).

It’s no Belfield , in fairness.


They didn’t get where they are today by paying tax.

Jack Leahy writes

The establishment of the new company limited by guarantee would allow the College to seek charitable status from the Revenue Commissioners, given that the objectives of the company would support those of the College. Approval for charitable designation, which the proposal claims “should be available”, would exempt College’s online teaching from paying tax on tuition fees received.

In order to arrange effectively for the tax-free transfer of funds between the new company and the College it may be necessary that students pay fees directly to the College, who would in turn reimburse the company for “services rendered”.

As a distinct legal entity, it is possible that Trinity Dublin Online would be allowed to circumvent the public sector Employment Control Framework (ECF), which restricts the number of staff who can be hired from exchequer funding.

Trinity Plans New Legal Entity to Avoid Fee Tax (Jack Leahy, University Times)

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National Army soldiers during the Irish Civil War

You may recall a post from earlier in the month, detailing how, for the first time, Trinity College Dublin was offering a free online course on Irish war and revolution between 1912 and 1923.


University Times is reporting that 10,000 people have signed up to the course, with more than half of the students coming from outside Ireland.

Ten thousand.

Fair play, in fairness.

Trinity’s First Online Course Already has 10,000 Students (Edmund Heaphy, University Times)

Previously: History Lessons

Pic: Wikipedia

trinity-college_1896870iTrinity College Dublin

A new logo.

A ‘Global relations Strategy’.

€3.71 million on consultants fees.

How’s that going down?

“For me, it’s not only the new logo, or indeed this entire project, that I object to, but also what its adoption would represent: the hypocrisy of a university that claims to be proud of its history and traditions, yet aims to hide them in commercial exercise – a university that

focuses its resources on attracting new students and higher rankings rather than respecting the students and staff that it already has.”

Student journalist Sineád Baker on Trinity College Dublin’s proposed changes.


Trinity in Transition: The Harsh Realities for Students and Staff (Sineád Baker, University Times)

Previously: Rebranding Trinity



Hogwarts Trinity College Dublin this afternoon.

Peter Gallagher tweetz:

“TCD Fellows [including WB Yeats (right)] beaten at marbles for 3rd year running by Scholars. Really.”

It’s all in the wrist.

90335973 90335980 90335981 90335982Trinity College Dublin this lunchtime following the splintering clash between a car and the College’s fabled front door.

Earlier: Meanwhile, At Trinity

Small carpenter?

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)



The front gate at Trinity College Dublin this morning.



According to the Garda Press office a number of cars were damaged in the incident that saw a vehicle drive into the grounds on Trinity College and hit the wooden door, causing extensive damage.A 68 year old man was arrested and was taken to Store St Garda station.

Car smashes famous front doors of Trinity College (Louise Kelly, Cormac  McQuinn, Independent.ie)

Thanks Jim Chimney and Podge