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Book recounts glory days of the 'bold collegian'

Published: 27th October 2016

The legacy of DUCAC’s longest serving chairman, Trevor West, is celebrated in a new book. The Bold Collegian is a biography of the former senator and Junior Dean, who chaired DUCAC for 33 years before stepping down in 2009.

The book, published by Lilliput Press, was launched at an event in the Senior Common Room which was attended by Trevor’s family and his many friends from college and beyond. MC on the night was former colleague and outgoing DUCAC chairperson Cyril Smyth. The pair worked together for many years on the DUCAC executive.

The Bold Collegian, which is edited by Trevor’s wife Maura Lee (pictured above with Enda Kenny), is a collection of 24 essays by notable contributors including Mary Robinson, Hugo MacNeill and Sean Barrett. Many of the contributors were present at the launch including Paul Coulson, former Provost Tom Mitchell and Trevor’s brothers John and Brian.

The launch was also attended by the Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, Trinity alum Paul McGuinness as well as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala.

Trevor West made a considerable contribution to college sport in particular and university sport in general. He helped to fend off college plans to build residences on the rugby pitch in the early 1970s and oversaw the development of the Luce Hall and its successor, the current Sports Centre.

He was also one of the first to highlight the need for a more co-ordinated approach between universities and was one of the founding members of the Council for University Sports Administrators in Ireland (CUSAI), which subsequently became Student Sport Ireland (SSI).

The Bold Collegian is a reference to one of Trevor’s own books on the history of Trinity’s sporting community - The Bold Collegians: The Development of Sport in Trinity College Dublin.