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Long Room Hub Maintenance Programme - July 2022

Maintenance works will be commencing at the Long Room Hub. As part of these works, a scaffold system is to be installed which will require restricted access for both pedestrian and vehicles.

To safely enclose the work area it is necessary to close off the pedestrian walkway at the side and rear of the 1937 Reading Room and in front of the Long Room Hub, emergency access will be maintained during the works. We have attached a drawing outlining the access restrictions in place, while these works are being completed.

There will therefore, be no pedestrian or vehicle access at the side and rear of the 1937 Reading Room and restricted access in front of the Long Room Hub. There will be a section of the pathway sealed off in front of the 1937 Reading Room for a compound.

The works will commence at 7am on Monday the 4th July at the Long Room Hub and on Friday 1st July in front of the 1937 Reading Room.

Please follow this link in relation to restricted areas due to maintenance works at the Long Room Hub.

Trinity Ball 2022

The Board has approved the holding of the Trinity Ball on Friday 22nd of April 2022.

The University main campus only, (other University sites will operate as normal) will be closed from 17.30 on Friday 22nd of April 2022 for the annual Trinity Ball. The following information on the arrangements for the Ball is issued for your guidance on that day:

Other University Sites

Building and campuses in the vicinity of the main campus will operate as per normal and are not required to close and be vacated at 17:30.

Pedestrian Access & Front Gate Closure

Front Gate will be closed all day on Friday the 22nd of April 2022 until Saturday the 23rd of April 2022 at 14:00 to allow for the Ball final set up and Post Ball ‘clean-up’ operation. However, access will be available through the Nassau Street Gate.

The Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) will open as normal on Saturday 23rd of April 2022 at 08:00 and remain open until midnight.

Restricted Access from 14:00 on the 22nd of April 2022 to the West End of the University

Pedestrians accessing (entry and exit) to the West Area of University between 14:00 and 17.30 on the Friday of the Ball is through Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) on production of a valid student / staff card or App.

All staff and students who are not working at the Ball are requested to leave the University main campus before 17.30 on Friday 22nd of April 2022, whether based in the Ball area or otherwise, as all gates including perimeter key gates, the Narrows Gate and the House 40 Rose Garden Gate will close at 17:30.

Access for Visitors Non TCD Staff / Students from 14:00 on the 22nd of April 2022 to the West End of the University

It is recommended from 14:00 on the 22nd of April 2022 that if staff and students have meetings with non TCD staff, students, and / or visitors they should try if possible to arrange the meeting in the East Area of campus or a building in the vicinity of the main campus.

Schools and Departments that require access for non TCD staff, students, and / or visitors to the West Area from 14:00 will be required to forward an excel spread sheet with the names, contact numbers, access location required (i.e. Arts Building Burke Theatre), the TCD contact and contact number to the Estates & Facilities Services Centre ( by close of business on Thursday the 21st of April 2022.

The above applies to Schools and Departments that have partnerships with external service providers to run courses in the School or Department that will require access after 14:00. Unless they have a TCD ID or are on the visitors list they will not be permitted access.

Ball Staff

Pedestrian access after 17:30 for authorised Ball staff will be via Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) only. The Ball staff will be required to produce a valid student / staff card or App with their letter confirming they are working at the Trinity Ball.

Secretary’s Supper Staff

Pedestrian access is via Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) only. The staff will be required to produce a valid student / staff card or App with their letter confirming they are working at the Supper.

Secretary’s Supper Guests

Admission to the Secretary’s Supper is via Front Gate or Nassau Street at the time stated on the invitation.

Ticket Holders

Admission to the Ball for ticket holders only is via the Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) and the Westland Row Entrance at the O’Reilly Institute (opposite the Pearse Street Train Station) between 21:00 and 22:30.

There is no entry for ticket holders via Front Gate.


Residents will be admitted as outlined below on presentation of valid identification – Staff or Student Card / App and Residents Key Card.

  • No access for residents between 19:00 and 02:00

In the West Area:

  • Up to 19:00 via the Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) only
  • From 02:00 via the Nassau Street entrance (Arts Building) only

Pearse Street Residents and Goldsmith Hall Residents:

  • Pearse Street residents will be admitted via the Lincoln Place Gate up to 19:00 and from 02:00
  • Goldsmith Hall residents will be admitted by the door at Westland Row only after 17:30. There will be no access to the University via the Goldsmith Hall bridge

Vehicle Access

All Gates, including the Narrows Gate and the Gate at the Rose Garden (House 40), will close at 17:30 on Friday 22nd of April 2022. It will not be possible thereafter to get from one end of University to the other in any circumstances.

Car Parking

All cars must be removed from the West End of the University and Rugby Pitch Car Park by 17:30. Cars may be left in the East End, but please be warned of the potential for damage caused by ‘gate-crashers’ attempting to gain admission to the Ball. Cars may not leave the East End of the University via the Lincoln Place Gate after 17:30 on Friday the 22nd of April 2022 until 08:00 on Saturday 23rd of April 2022.

Accessible Spaces

Temporary accessible car parking spaces (reserved for people with disabilities) will be available in Botany Bay (East) for the duration of the parking restrictions associated with the Ball preparations.

Off Campus Parking Facilities

To compensate for the loss of parking spaces on Campus fifty (50) spaces have been reserved for Trinity College permit holders in the Parkrite Public Car Park on Fleet Street. University permit holders may avail of these spaces ‘free of charge’ between Thursday the 14th of April 2022 and Monday 25th of April 2022 inclusive. These parking facilities are available on a 24 hour basis throughout the period and are being funded by the Ball Committee.

University Buildings

All University buildings on the main campus (all other University sites will operate as normal) will remain closed from 17:30 on Friday 22nd of April 2022 until normal opening hours on Saturday 23rd of April 2022. There will be no access to any of the University buildings on the main campus after 17:30 (even outside the Ball area). This restriction affects all staff and students including those who would normally have access to buildings outside the usual opening hours. An essential staff list must be submitted to by the close of business on Thursday the 21st of April 2022.


The University will be at greater risk than normal during the period of the Ball. Therefore, please pay particular attention to securing rooms / offices and other facilities by ensuring that doors and windows are properly locked (including shutters if fitted). Do not leave valuables on view. This warning applies to all accommodation in the University, both residential and office, whether in the Ball area or not. Special attention should be paid to securing windows and doors in ground floor areas, particularly in the properties in Pearse Street, Westland Row, South Leinster Street and Lincoln Place.

Bál Choláiste na Tríonóide 2022

Tá cead faighte ón mBord Bál Choláiste na Tríonóide a reáchtáil Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022.

Beidh príomhchampas na hollscoile agus sin amháin (feidhmeoidh láithreáin eile na hollscoile mar is gnáth) dúnta ón 17.30 Dé haoine an 22 Aibreán 2022 do Bhál bliantúil Choláiste na Tríonóide. Is treoir atá san eolas seo a leanas duit maidir leis na socruithe atá déanta don Bhál an lá sin:

Láithreáin Ollscoile Eile

Feidhmeoidh foirgnimh agus campais timpeall ar an bpríomhchampas mar is gnáth agus ní gá iad a dhúnadh ná iad a fhágáil ag 17.30.

Rochtain Do Choisithe & Dúnadh an Gheata Thosaigh

Beidh an Geata Tosaigh dúnta an lá ar fad Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022 go dtí Dé Sathairn an 23 Aibreán 2022 ag 14.00 chun go mbeifear ábalta bailchríoch a chur ar chúrsaí don Bhál agus chun an ‘glanadh suas’ a dhéanamh tar éis an Bháil. Beidh bealach isteach ar fáil trí Gheata Shráid Nassau, áfach.

Osclóidh bealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) mar is gnáth ag 8.00am Dé Sathairn an 23 Aibreán 2022 agus fanfaidh sé oscailte go dtí meán oíche.

Rochtain shrianta ó 14.00 ar an 22 Aibreán 2022 ar an Taobh Thiar den Ollscoil

Beidh coisithe atá ag iarraidh dul isteach agus amach as Limistéar Thiar an Choláiste ábalta sin a dhéanamh trí úsáid a bhaint as an mbealach isteach atá ar Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) idir 14:00 agus 17.30 an Dé hAoine sin a mbeidh an Bál ar siúl ach cárta mic léinn / foirne bailí nó Aip a thaispeáint.

Iarrtar ar an bhfoireann agus ar na mic léinn go léir nach bhfuil ag obair ag an mBál an Coláiste a fhágáil roimh 17:30 Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022, bíodh tú lonnaithe i limistéar an Bháil nó ná bíodh, mar go mbeidh gach geata (lena n-áirítear na príomhgheataí imill, an Geata Cúng agus Geata Ghairdín Theach 40) ag dúnadh ag 17.30.

Rochtain do Chuairteoirí Nach Baill Foirne/ Mic Léinn de chuid Choláiste na Tríonóide iad ó 14.00 ar an 22 Aibreán 2022 ar an Taobh Thiar den Ollscoil

Moltar má tá cruinnithe ag baill foirne agus ag mic léinn le daoine nach baill foirne, mic léinn de chuid Choláiste na Tríonóide iad, nó le cuairteoirí, ba cheart dóibh, más féidir, an cruinniú a shocrú i Limistéar Thoir an champais nó i bhfoirgneamh timpeall ar an bpríomhchampas ó 14.00 ar an 22 Aibreán 2022.

Beidh sé riachtanach do Scoileanna agus do Ranna a bheidh ag iarraidh rochtain a thabhairt do chuairteoirí nó do dhaoine nach baill foirne ná mic léinn de chuid Choláiste na Tríonóide iad scarbhileog Excel le hainmneacha, uimhreacha teagmhála, an suíomh rochtana atá ag teastáil (i.e. Foirgneamh na nEalaíon, Téatar Burke), teagmhálaí Choláiste na Tríonóide agus uimhir theagmhála an duine sin a chur ar aghaidh chuig Lárionad Seirbhísí na nEastát & na Saoráidí ( roimh am dúnta gnó Déardaoin an 21 Aibreán 2022.

Baineann an méid thuas le Scoileanna agus le Ranna a bhfuil comhpháirtíochtaí acu le soláthraithe seirbhíse seachtracha chun cúrsaí a reáchtáil sa Scoil nó sa Roinn a mbeidh rochtain ag teastáil uathu i ndiaidh 14.00. Mura bhfuil Cárta Aitheantais Choláiste na Tríonóide acu nó mura bhfuil siad ar liosta na gcuairteoirí ní thabharfar rochtain dóibh.

Foireann an Bháil

Is trí bhealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) agus sin amháin a bheidh bealach isteach coisithe tar éis 17.30 ag foireann údaraithe an Bháil. Beidh ar fhoireann an bháil cárta mic léinn / foirne bailí nó Aip agus a litir ag deimhniú go bhfuil siad ag obair ag Bál Choláiste na Tríonóide a thaispeáint.

Foireann Shuipéar an Rúnaí

Beidh rochtain do choisithe trí bhealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) amháin. Beidh ar an bhfoireann cárta mic léinn / foirne bailí nó Aip agus a litir ag deimhniú go bhfuil siad ag obair ag an Suipéar a thaispeáint.

Aíonna Shuipéar An Rúnaí

Beidh cead isteach go Suipéar an Rúnaí tríd an nGeata Tosaigh nó trí Shráid Nassau ag an am atá luaite ar an gcuireadh.

Daoine a bhfuil Ticéid acu

Is trí bhealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) agus trí Bhealach Isteach Rae an Iarthair ag Institiúid Uí Raghallaigh (os comhair stáisiún traenach Shráid an Phiarsaigh) a bheidh cead isteach chuig an mBál ag daoine a bhfuil ticéid acu amháin idir 21.00 agus 22.30.

Ní bheidh cead ag daoine a bhfuil ticéid acu dul isteach tríd an nGeata Tosaigh.


Scaoilfear cónaitheoirí isteach de réir mar atá leagtha amach thíos ach aitheantas bailí a thaispeáint – Cárta Foirne nó Mic Léinn / Aip agus Eochairchárta Cónaitheoirí.

• Ní bheidh aon rochtain ag cónaitheoirí idir 19.00 agus 02.00.

Sa Limistéar Thiar:

• Go dtí 19.00 trí bhealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) amháin.

• Ó 02.00 trí bhealach isteach Shráid Nassau (Foirgneamh na nEalaíon) amháin.

Cónaitheoirí Shráid an Phiarsaigh agus Cónaitheoirí Halla Goldsmith:

• Scaoilfear cónaitheoirí Shráid an Phiarsaigh isteach trí Gheata Phlás Lincoln go dtí 19.00 agus ó 02.00.

• Scaoilfear cónaitheoirí Halla Goldsmith isteach tríd an doras ag Rae an Iarthair tar éis 17.30 amháin. Ní bheidh aon bhealach isteach chuig an Ollscoil trí dhroichead Halla Goldsmith.

Rochtain d'Fheithiclí

Dúnfar na Geataí ar fad, lena n-áirítear an Geata Cúng agus an Geata ag Gairdín na Rósanna (Teach 40) ag 17.30 Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022. Ní bheifear ábalta dul ó thaobh amháin den Ollscoil go dtí an taobh eile den Ollscoil i gcás ar bith ina dhiaidh sin.

Páirceáil do Charranna

Ní mór gach carr a bheith imithe as an Taobh Thiar den Ollscoil agus as Carrchlós na Páirce Rugbaí faoin 17.30. Is féidir carranna a fhágáil sa Taobh Thoir, ach tabhair ar aird go bhféadfadh daoine nach bhfuil aon ticéad acu damáiste a dhéanamh do d'fheithicil le linn dóibh a bheith ag iarraidh dul isteach chuig an mBál. Ní scaoilfear carranna amach as an Taobh Thoir den Ollscoil trí Gheata Phlás Lincoln i ndiaidh 17.30 Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022 go 08:00 Dé Sathairn an 23 Aibreán 2022.

Spásanna Inrochtana

Beidh spásanna páirceála inrochtana sealadacha (atá coinnithe do dhaoine faoi mhíchumas) ar fáil i mBá na Luibheolaíochta (Thoir) fad is a bheidh srianta páirceála a bhaineann leis an mBál i bhfeidhm.

Saoráidí Páirceála Lasmuigh den Champas

De bharr go mbeidh caoga (50) spás páirceála á gcailleadh ar an gCampas, tá spásanna coinnithe do shealbhóirí le cead páirceála Choláiste na Tríonóide i gCarrchlós Poiblí Parkrite ar Shráid na Toinne. Beidh sealbhóirí le cead páirceála na hOllscoile ábalta na spásanna sin a úsáid ‘saor in aisce’ idir Déardaoin an 14 Aibreán 2022 agus Dé Luan an 25 Aibreán 2022 – an dá dháta sin san áireamh. Beidh teacht ar na saoráidí páirceála sin ar bhonn 24 uair an chloig le linn na tréimhse agus tá siad á maoiniú ag Coiste an Bháil.

Foirgnimh na hOllscoile

Fanfaidh gach foirgneamh de chuid na hOllscoile ar an bpríomhchampas dúnta ón 17.30 Dé hAoine an 22 Aibreán 2022 go dtí na gnáthuaireanta oscailte Dé Sathairn an 23 Aibreán 2022 (beidh gach láthair eile de chuid na hOllscoile ag feidhmiú mar is gnáth). Ní bheidh aon bhealach isteach chuig aon cheann d'fhoirgnimh na hOllscoile atá ar an bpríomhchampas i ndiaidh 17.30 (fiú más láthair nach bhfuil i limistéar an Bháil atá i gceist). Baineann an srian seo le gach ball foirne agus gach mac léinn lena n-áirítear iad sin a mbíonn rochtain acu ar na foirgnimh go hiondúil lasmuigh de na gnáthuaireanta oscailte. Ní mór liosta de bhaill foirne riachtanacha a chur ar aghaidh chuig roimh am dúnta gnó Déardaoin an 21 Aibreán 2022.


Beidh baol níos mó ann don Ollscoil le linn thréimhse an Bháil ná mar a bhíonn de ghnáth. Dá bhrí sin, tabhair aird ar leith maidir le seomraí/oifigí agus saoráidí eile a dhaingniú trína chinntiú go bhfuil doirse agus fuinneoga faoi ghlas i gceart (comhlaí san áireamh má tá a leithéid orthu). Ná fág nithe luachmhara san áit a bhfeicfear iad. Baineann an rabhadh seo le gach cóiríocht san Ollscoil, cóiríocht chónaitheach agus oifige araon, cibé más i limistéar an Bháil atá siad nó nach ea. Ba chóir aird ar leith a thabhairt i ndáil le fuinneoga agus doirse atá ar urlár na talún a chur faoi ghlas, go háirithe sna maoine atá ar Shráid an Phiarsaigh, Rae an Iarthair, Sráid Laighean Theas agus i bPlás Lincoln.

Trinity Ball 2022 - Bike Parking Restrictions

The Board has approved the holding of the Trinity Ball on Friday the 22nd of April 2022. Preparations for the Ball will begin on Thursday the 14th of April 2022.

Bike Parking Restrictions

From Tuesday the 19th of April 2022 bike racks will be removed from Front Square, Fellow Square, New Square and 1937 Reading Room for the Ball. These racks will be removed to the Ussher Podium, Botany Bay, College Park, the Pavilion, and the secure bicycle parking in the Pearse Street bicycle park behind House 15. They will be returned on Monday and Tuesday of the following week.

On Friday the 22nd of April 2022 we will be removing any bikes or bike locks from railings, lamp posts etc. from Front Square, Fellow Square, New Square and 1937 Reading Room. The bikes will be removed to the secure bike park at the rear of House 15. To reclaim your bike, you will have to report to the Estates & Facilities Service Centre at the rear of 194 Pearse Street (beside the Health Centre) on Monday the 25th of April 2022 with a staff / student ID and proof that the bike you are claiming is yours.

College will not be responsible for any loss or damage to bikes, locks etc.

Your cooperation in these matters is greatly appreciated.

Weather update - Storm Barra - 6th December 2021

Dear Colleagues, see below an update on Storm Barra.

Met Eireann have issued the following weather warnings for our area:

Status Orange - Wind warning for Dublin, Louth, Wicklow, East Meath

Storm Barra: Southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with severe or damaging gusts of 100 to 130 km/h, with localised stronger winds likely. Due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely.

Issued: 13:47 Monday 06/12/2021

Valid from: 08:00 Tuesday 07/12/2021 to 13:00 Tuesday 07/12/2021

National - Status Yellow - Wind and rain warning for Ireland

Storm Barra will bring widespread mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h and gusts of 90 to 110 km/h with localised stronger winds likely. Heavy rain will also bring risks of surface flooding and, due to a combination of high waves, storm surge and high tide, coastal flooding is expected. Disruption to power and travel are likely.

Issued: 13:47 Monday 06/12/2021

Valid from: 02:00 Tuesday 07/12/2021 to 18:00 Wednesday 08/12/2021

We are advising that you check your local conditions before setting off for work, noting that conditions may vary along the route of your journey. Cyclists especially should take care because of the risks of gusts of wind.

Please also ensure that any windows and doors are closed and secure and any external fixtures and fittings firmly fixed down.

Useful links are:

We will be monitoring the situation throughout the next 48hrs, so please keep a look out for updates via our e-Mail system and also via the University’s social media.

If travelling, please exercise extreme care when doing so.

Yours sincerely,

Orla Cunningham, Interim Chief Operating Officer

Mike Clark, Director of Campus Infrastructure

Retirement of Prof. John Parnell, Chairman of the Grounds & Gardens Committee

To mark the retirement of the Chairman of the Grounds & Gardens Committee Prof John Parnell, the GAGC and E&F held a reception in the Atrium on Wednesday 17th November, 2021.

A tree, a Quercus robur 'Purpurea' (Purple-leaved English Oak), was planted in the Physics Lawn to mark his tenure as Chairman and invaluable contribution to the GAGC, College and Estates & Facilities.

It is a rare selection of our native English oak with wonderful, smoky-purple coloured leaves and a densely branching, rounded habit. This plant is only available in small numbers and is very rarely listed for sale.

The purple English oak is notable for its deep purple foliage upon emergence in the spring. The stunning leaves become more green as the season progresses but retain a hint of red. At maturity, the purple English oak will be smaller than the species but still a very large tree.

Student Lockers rentals 2021/22 Academic Year

You can reserve a locker in a similar manner to purchasing online tickets via our TCD, T-Card.

All Students registered for the 2021/22 Academic Year are eligible to rent a locker at

Lockers will be offered on a first come first served basis for a period of 9 months commencing Tuesday 28th September (rental period 28th September 2021 to 30th June 2022).

Contractor/Visitor Covid-19 Questionnaire

To ensure the safety and health of all people attending Trinity College campus, each contractor/visitor must complete this declaration form prior to entering our site:

Contractor/Visitor Covid-19 Questionnaire

Once completed it must be returned to their TCD Contact Person. Access requirements would be forwarded to our Service Centre on

Campus maintenance team challenges

Have a read of this recent article, by Alan Mahon, TurfPro's Ireland editor, featured in Turf Pro’s weekly highlights.

It helps to highlight the scope of the work that’s involved with keeping our campus grounds running smoothly.

It’s not just our Main Campus we have to deal with, there are 17 external properties to manage as well all with each with their own set of unique challenges.

Click here to read

Closure of the Dining Hall, the Commons Rooms and the Atrium

The Dining Hall, Commons Rooms and Atrium will be closed until 19th May 2021 to facilitate window refurbishments. The refurbishment is being carried out to improve functionality, aesthetics and general protection from weathering elements. All works will be carried out in accordance with the Specification for Repair to Sliding Sash Windows.

These works commenced on the 6th of April and weather permitting completion is expected on the 19th of May 2021.

12 Energy Saving Tips

Here are 12 useful tips to help staff and students save energy....

Starting now…

1. Talk to your colleagues to agree responsibilities for switching off shared kitchen and office equipment, including photocopiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, fridges, freezers, vending machines, hot water boilers, radios, etc.

2. Survey labs, to identify and agree with colleagues which equipment can be switched off during the break. Remember some equipment may affect other labs (e.g. fume cupboards on linked ductwork). For example; arrange the combination of equipment etc into one fume cupboard, so the rest can be turned off.

Before you leave…

3. Shut down your PC and turn your monitor off

Did you know that leaving your PC and monitor on over the holidays would cost nearly €6!

4. Ensure all windows and doors are closed.

5. After doing the background work in tips 1 and 2, switch off all office and lab equipment, including photocopiers, printers, scanners, fax machines etc, and fume cupboards, incubators, glass ovens, compressors etc, Un-used fume cupboards in particular can waste huge amounts of warm air – which costs money, and wastes fuel.

Did you know that a fume cupboard left on 24/7 uses 6 tonnes of CO2, which is more than the average home!!!

6. Switch off all unnecessary lights – but only switch off exit route lights
if you are sure you are the last to leave.

7. Switch off vending machines - ideally hot drinks machines should
be emptied of water before the break and then re-filled before being
switched on again after Christmas.

8. Turn off all water consuming devices in your area and leave off when the
College is closed. This reduces risks of flooding with unsupervised equipment

9. Switch off your Zip/Burco hot water boiler – Turn off all wall mounted water boilers in labs, break rooms and rest areas

During a long break…

10. Take time to ‘switch off’ while College is closed - if it is necessary for you to come in over the holidays please ensure you switch off all lights and equipment as you leave.


Trinity College Dublin’s first Estates Strategy positions the campus for the future

Student learning, teaching and research at the heart of Trinity’s Estates Strategy

Estates Strategy includes:

  • 230 million capital programme
  • Residential Plan
  • Conservation Plan
  • Refurbishment Plan

Dublin, Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 – Student learning, teaching and research are at the heart of Trinity College Dublin’s first Estates Strategy launched today [Wednesday, November 21st].  College Bursar, Veronica Campbell presented the University’s Estates Strategy with its  €230 million capital programme  to  the gathered College community of  students and staff at a special event organised for the College community.

Emphasising the Estates Strategy’s key objectives, Professor Campbell said:
“Trinity has one of the most significant campuses worldwide. As a university campus it first and foremost serves the needs of the College community. It provides an environment that supports student learning, enables research and creates an ambience in which the Trinity community connects and flourishes.  We aim to provide facilities that support our students and staff for all their needs and ensure there is a plan to sustain growth over the long-term.”
The Estates Strategy includes flagship projects such as the new Trinity Business School which will open in March. The Printing House Square development which is due to open in 2019, providing on campus student accommodation for up to 250 students along with a range of student services.
It also includes the E3-Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies initiative at Trinity. Central to the vision of E3 is the construction of the Learning Foundry, a state of the art 6,086 square metre facility based on the main Trinity campus which will deliver new teaching facilities and an innovative interactive learning space for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Other capital developments will include the expansion of student accommodation at Trinity Hall in Dartry to house 300 new beds for students, as well as the expansion of the School of Law and the refurbishment of the Arts Block.
A master plan is being developed for the Grand Canal Innovation District centred on a new campus in the heart of Dublin’s docklands. And there are plans for the  Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute which will provide a comprehensive cancer care centre on the St James’s Hospital campus.
As well as these capital projects, the Estates Strategy  incorporates  a long term  refurbishment plan and  conservation plan  which will take in the Library  as well as other key buildings on campus. It also provides for a residential strategy that will serve the long-term needs of staff and students.

Professor Campbell added:

“The Estates Strategy will allow the campus to continue to evolve and support the academic mission by improving the efficiency and quality of learning space and by introducing adaptive reuse of buildings to meet future requirements.  It will upgrade heritage buildings, support growth areas and position the campus for the future.”

Concluding the launch, Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast said:

“Space is essential to community, and in Trinity our sense of community comes so much from sharing this beautiful campus. Better management of space will improve connectivity across the University.  The building of new transformative spaces, like the E3 Learning Foundry, will enable new approaches in teaching.”

College Bursar, Prof Campbell is available for interview. Pictures will be sent to your picture desks by 4pm today.
For media queries, contact Head of Media Relations, Caoimhe Ní Lochlainn, tel: 8962310\ 087-9958014,

Public Theatre Organ Project


Following a 15 month conservation programme, the organ from the Examination Hall in Trinity College has now been re-installed. The project was managed by the Estates and Facilities Department. An article outlining the works undertaken has been just been published in the “Trinity Today” magazine. This can be viewed at the following link:

Oregon Maples - Update


Letter to University Community on behalf of John Parnell, Chair of Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee

Dear Colleagues and Students,

A number of you have requested that I continue to inform you as to developments in Library Square and especially the future of the remaining Oregon Maples.

Last week we obtained a second report from our tree consultants – Bartlett Consulting - who made a number of recommendations that reflected the fact that extensive wood decay existed in at least one major limb of the tree. On this basis Bartlett’s stated that:

1.’we recommend that this limb [= the main eastern limb] is removed.’

Almost immediately after Bartlett’s report became available large fruiting bodies of a wood decay fungus – Polyporus squamosus – became visible on that limb [See image below].

Image of Oregon Maple, North side of Library Square.

Estates and Facilities staff therefore commenced limb removal earlier this week. In order to balance the weight of the remaining crown another smaller limb on the west side of the tree was also removed. Nevertheless, removal of the major limb had to cease midway as it became evident that the tree’s structure was so highly compromised that any further work would likely lead to its immediate collapse. After careful consideration and following extensive consultation with the Provost, the Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee agreed to the complete removal of the tree which will commence immediately.

It is a sad moment for us all, but most especially the staff of Estates and Facilities who had, along with Bartlett Consulting, worked so hard to prolong the life of the College’s Oregon Maples.

John Parnell

Chair of the Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee

Water Conservation Appeal


Due to the recent dry weather Irish Water has today issued a hose pipe ban in the greater Dublin area. The current dry spell is expected to continue which is going to create difficulty for Irish Water to meet water demand. The University has to support the effort to reduce consumption of water during what is likely to be a protracted period. Please see details from Irish Water on link

The University is using well water for any landscape watering on the campus.

In order to reduce water consumption all staff and students should only use water when absolutely necessary and when used – as little as possible. Please ensure:

  • Any taps are turned off when not in use.
  • Do not leave taps running for washing any dishware
  • In laboratories ensure any water consuming equipment is turned off immediately after use completed.
  • Only run dish washers or glass washers when full
  • If any water based cleaning operations can be deferred they should be scheduled for later in the year.
  • If living in University residences do not run taps washing teeth and take showers for the shortest time possible.
  • If you become aware a water leak please report to giving the building name and exact location of the leak

Further details on measures to reduce water consumption can be found at www.water/for-home/conservation

Collapse of Oregon Maple in Library Square


Letter to University Community posted on behalf of John Parnell, Chair of Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee

Dear Colleagues,

I am sure that many of you already know that one of the iconic Oregon Maples in Library Square (that on the GMB side of the square) catastrophically and unexpectedly collapsed at about 2.45am on Saturday: luckily nobody was injured.

As you'll see from the photo below the scene was one of devastation and it is only through the exceptionally hard work of the Campus Services Staff in Estates and Facilities that the many tons of timber have been removed and stored for future use and the Square so effectively cleaned up. So, on a personal basis I'd like to thank them.

Image of Oregon Maple Library Square.

I was more surprised than most people that this tree collapsed when it did. Why? Well as part of the maintenance programme for the grounds of the University we regularly and frequently get the trees professionally surveyed by the leading international experts -Bartlett - so as to assess their condition. The latest survey, in April 2018, indicated that there were concerns about the condition of all three Oregon Maples in the University, two of which are in Library Square. It was not believed, however, that any were in immediate danger of collapse. Indeed, it was hoped the life of the Maples in Library Square might, possibly, be prolonged through remedial works, including lightening of the crown of the trees.

We simply do not know, and probably will never know, why this Maple in Library Square collapsed at the time it did: certainly, there was no failure of the supporting cables in tree, indeed some of the anchor points were dragged through the limbs of the tree in the collapse. It is probable that the collapse was at least in part due to the very hot weather causing exceptional physiological and physical stress for a tree that was not in tip-top condition.

In terms of some of the other iconic trees surveyed this April it is clear, as I mentioned earlier, that both of the remaining Oregon Maples are compromised and I had prepared an email to the University community saying so for delivery this Tuesday. And this email updates my email communication of January 2016 that highlighted plans for the development of the University’s landscape and discussed its trees.

The external consultants we commission use a variety of techniques, including state-of-the-art tomography, to assess the condition of the trees [Tomography is similar to an ultrasound scan providing coloured images of sections through the trunk or branches of a tree - provides a detailed scientific paper on this technique]. In these images blue and pink indicate decay or incipient decay in wood; green indicates damaged wood and brown indicates solid wood.

The image below provided by Bartlett shows a very large amount of dead or damaged wood on the north-west side of the trunk of the Maple in New Square: Bartlett estimate that only approximately one third of the trunk at this level is solid wood. Paul Dowding, our in-house, emeritus tree pathologist and Bartlett also confirm the existence of two different wood-decaying fungi (Ganoderma applanatum / australe and Bjerkandera adjusta) on this tree, with both trunk and roots infected.

Diagram of Oregon Maple Damage.

The Maple in New Square undoubtedly poses a risk to people and objects nearby. The advice of all expert parties concerned, accepted by the Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee and the Provost, is that this tree be removed. Luckily, it had been anticipated some time ago by the Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee that this might occur and two replacement trees - an Irish Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) from Killarney and a Beech (Fagus sylvatica) were planted close by a number of years ago. So, whilst a gap will undoubtedly be created initially it should be rapidly occluded and the landscape of that part of the University re-filled.

The other remaining Maple next to the Long Room has significant decay in some of its major limbs. We intend to follow the expert advice that indicates that recurrent remedial works may potentially, allow it to remain standing, at least for a while. These works include lightening the canopy through highly selective removal of over-dense parts of the canopy (undertaken this weekend), treatment of the roots and some of the limbs with a mixture of fungicide and nutrient solution.

As Chair of the Grounds and Gardens Committee I believe that we should use this loss to examine the layout of Library Square and plan its future in detail and without undue haste. I will forward further details on this when they have been agreed.

To end on a more positive note I draw your attention to two things.

Firstly, very recently, through the activities of the Commercial Revenue Unit, and following support from the Provost, sufficient funds have been made available to employ three craft gardeners, including a new team lead. This was a sensitive and critical development as the previous Head Groundsman had moved to a new role in Estates and Facilities and the sole remaining gardener had moved to a post outside of TCD. Colleagues may have noted that the new team have begun to tackle the inevitably huge backlog in maintenance, undertaking essential clearance and commencing a replanting programme: especially in and around the Broadwalk. These activities will continue for some considerable time.

We have also discovered recently that the drive to promote a more biodiverse campus and promote pollination activities has begun to pay-off with a couple of colonies of ground-nesting / mining bees discovered on the Flat iron – see images below and see:

Flora Bees

John Parnell

Chair of the Grounds and Gardens Advisory Committee

Fellow’s Square Lawn Maintenance

In order to carry out maintenance on the lawn area of Fellow’s Square it will be necessary to cordon off the area from 7am on Wednesday 9th May to 8am on Monday 14th May 2018.

Members of the University community are requested to cooperate by not entering the lawn area during this time.

Urgent Appeal to Conserve Water


Following last week’s spell of extreme weather, Irish Water is currently working to restore full water supply to customers by repairing resulting water leaks and pipe bursts. As water demand rises and reservoir levels continue to drop, Irish Water is periodically reducing water pressure and requesting everyone take steps to conserve water.

Further advice on water conservation and planned periods of reduced water pressure is available on Irish Water’s website at: Irish Water Supply Updates

Estates and Facilities encourages all staff and students to follow the advice provided in order to avoid disruption to supply. We would also request that staff and students report leaks or burst pipes as soon as possible to

Medium Voltage Upgrade - Completion of Works


I am pleased to inform you of the successful completion of the Campus Medium Voltage Upgrade project. The campus now has a secure and more resilient electrical power supply, with an additional 40% capacity, to cope with the demands of our new Business School and Printing House Square projects, as well as the E3 project on campus.

The Medium Voltage Upgrade required over 3km of excavation, removing over 5,000 tonnes of soil to install 3.5km of new power cable ducts around the Campus. A new incoming ESB supply room was built at the Trinity Business School to house the most up-to-date electrical switchgear, requiring the replacement of all 10 Campus substations in the second half of 2017, mostly overnight to minimise disruption to our normal operations. On 15th January 2018, our new ESB supply was made live and the project team managed a seamless cutover from the old supply to the new, effectively re-wiring the main electrical infrastructure of the campus while it remained fully operational.

The project required a major financial investment from Trinity, in part funded by revenue generated by the Commercial Revenue Unit. I am happy to report that the project was completed on time, to the highest quality and safety standards and within budget.

I would like to thank Estates & Facilities, in particular Emmet Dalton, Kieron McGovern and Greg Power, and all of you who have facilitated this essential project over the last twelve months, along with our main contractor, Mercury Engineering and consultants AECOM.

Professor Veronica Campbell

Bursar & Director of Strategic Innovation

The photos below show the interior of the new supply room (Photo Credit: Kieron McGovern) and the team leaders outside one of the new substations (Photo Credit: Sharppix).

Image of ESB Supply Room.  Photo Credit: Kieron McGovern MV Project Team Leaders. Credit: Sharppix

Introducing our new Head Of Safety

Estates and Facilities is delighted to welcome our new Head of Safety, Dr. Katharine Murray, who joined us on 3 January 2018, replacing Tom Merriman who retired last year after 18 years’ service as College Safety Officer.

Katharine holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, and is a chartered member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She joins us from An Post where she held the role of Safety and Environment Manager and has previous experience managing safety in Tedcastles Oil Products and as an inspector with the Health and Safety Authority.

Dr. Katharine Murray, Head of Safety

Head Shot of Katharine Murray, Head of Safety

Restoration and Re-Installation of the Organ in the Examination Hall

Following a 15 month conservation programme, the organ from the Examination Hall in Trinity College is currently being re-installed. The project saw the restoration of the two cases for the Great Organ (the main case dating from 1684) and the Chair Organ (the smaller case dating from 1705). A new organ was made which was based as closely as possible to the organ as it was in 1705.

Overall the organ is a little more compact than was previously the case, as it had been augmented on a number of occasions. A feature of the new organ is the introduction of a chair organ, which slightly overhangs the balcony from behind the organist’s seat.

During the restoration works, sumptuous paintwork was discovered on the original façade pipes of the organ. All of this 17th Century decoration was revealed, missing sections were touched up and gilding applied where it had been previously lost.

Photo of newly installed organ reproduced by kind permission of Mr David Davison:

Photo of newly installed organ reproduced by kind permission of Mr David Davison

Introducing the new Trinity student on-line locker rental system

You can now reserve a locker as easily as buying tickets online! All students registered for the 2017/18 Academic Year are eligible to rent a locker. Just login to your TCard account at on Tuesday, 26th September 2017.

Lockers will be offered on a first come first served basis for a period of 9 months commencing 26th September 2017 until 25th June 2018 for a fee of €20.00. You will pay using a debit or credit card, not your TCard balance.