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Provost's Welcome 2016-2017


Welcome from the Provost

A chairde,

The promotion of the Irish language is an central part of College life, and this is duly recognised in the College’s Strategic Plan, its successive Language Schemes and the new Irish Language Policy approved at Board in January 2016.

Our Irish Department makes an important contribution to the study and understanding of the language’s rich heritage. I commend also the excellent work done by the Centre for Communication and language Studies (CLCS), notably in the development of, the pioneering text-to-voice synthesis technology in various dialects of Irish.

The Irish Language Office, along with Coiste na Gaeilge, is central in ensuring support for many cultural, educational and social activities throughout the year, and ensures Trinity is to the forefront in creative collaborations both internally with College departments and offices, and externally with civic and cultural bodies.

This bore particular and dynamic fruit in the centenary year of 2016, when as part of the College’s commemoration of the Easter Rising, collaborative events were held with the Department of Irish, the College Chaplaincy, Conradh na Gaeilge and the Pearse Museum, and support was given to a special dramatic production of “An Trocailín Donn” by An Cumann Gaelach, our Irish student society (also supported by the Provost’s Visual and Performing Arts Fund).

The vibrancy of Irish in College life was yet again recognised in 2016 when the vibrant Cumann Gaelach won the prestigious Glór na nGael award for best Irish language student society for the fourth time (having won also in 2012, 2013 and 2014) as well as being successful in a number of other awards.

We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility on the centre of campus: Seomra na Gaeilge, a dedicated conversation room. This facility has been a tremendous success to date, and is been availed of by many students and staff throughout the course of the past year, as well as hosting cultural and social events in Irish.

Our Irish language residency schemes have enjoyed continued success, including their carving out of a cultural ambassadorship role with international students, while our range of voluntary Irish classes provide a gateway for staff and students of varying nationalities to an important dimension of Irish culture.

Trinity College takes great pride in its contribution over the centuries to the welfare of the Irish language. Numbered among our distinguished contributors are William Bedell, (who was responsible for the first translation of the Old Testament into Irish), Douglas Hyde (founder of the Gaelic League) and Máirtín Ó Cadhain (sometime Professor in the School of Irish).

I encourage you to participate and to enjoy as many as you can of Trinity’s various opportunities and facilities in Irish in the year ahead.


Le gach dea-ghuí.
Patrick Prendergast,

Last updated 28 September 2016 by .