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Benefactors through the Centuries

Trinity's links to philanthropy go all the way back to the University's foundation in 1592, thanks to an act of benevolence by Elizabeth I. Now, the Benefactors through the Centuries Roll of Honour recognises the people who have made substantial gifts to Trinity.

Their names are embossed permanently on the frieze beneath the ceiling of the grand entrance to the Dining Hall, which is adorned with the words of Virgil, the first-century BC poet: "SEMPER HONOS NOMENQVE TVVM LAVDESQVE MANEBVNT" - "Your name, honour and praise shall always remain."

Speaking at the unveiling, Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Mary Robinson, said: "This is our permanent and public testament to the generosity of individuals, foundations, trusts and corporations through the ages. This roll of honour is our tribute to those who, since the foundation of the college, have helped make Trinity great."

Trinity Benefactors Through The Centuries

Becoming a benefactor

Contributions over €1,000,000 realised over a number of years make you one of the top group of supporters throughout Trinity history. Benefactors will receive:

  • Donor certificate/presentation signed by Chancellor
  • Public recognition of gift in the Grand Entrance of the TCD Dining Hall
  • Ceremony to welcome the donor to the Benefactors through the Centuries 
  • Public recognition of gift by appropriate naming of programme, post or public space
  • Acknowledgement on the online honour roll and in the appropriate materials and publications
  • Invitation to special College functions
  • Private tour of Trinity for the donor and family and friends

If you are interested in learning more please contact our office by email

Who are Trinity's Benefactors through the Centuries?


  • The A. G. Leventis Foundation
  • Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Association & Trust
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies (Ireland)


  • Bank of Ireland
  • Ellen Bates^
  • The Boucher Family
  • Loretta Brennan Glucksman


  • Coca-Cola Company


  • Alan and Kyle Dargan
  • Dermot Desmond
  • Durkan Group plc


  • Terry and Valerie Gallagher
  • Valerie Gallagher
  • Lewis Glucksman^
  • Google Ireland
  • The Government of Ireland and its agencies


  • The Irish Times Ltd


  • Paul and Theresa Johnston


  • Eric and Barbara Kinsella
  • Kay and Fred Krehbiel


  • Dr Samuel Lam


  • Brendan McDonald
  • Bernard McNamara
  • John Moores


  • Martin and Carmel Naughton
  • Terry and Marjorie Neill
  • Sami Nasr^


  • Denis O'Brien
  • Tony O'Reilly


  • PACCAR Foundation Europe
  • Donald Panoz^
  • Claude Pichois^
  • Mark Pigott


  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Stanley Quek


  • Royal City of Dublin Hospital Trust
  • Danielle Ryan


  • The Simons Foundation
  • Dermot Smurfit
  • Michael Smurfit
  • Peter Sutherland^


  • Thapar Educational Trust


  • Donald Weir
  • Wellcome Trust
  • David and Mary Went

* Some names have not been listed as the donors wish to remain anonymous.
^ Deceased