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Trinity launches 'Inspiring Generations' fundraising campaign

3rd May 2019

Trinity College Dublin launched the public phase of its €400 million fundraising campaign yesterday. 'Inspiring Generations' is the University's first major philanthropic campaign in its more than 400-year history and the largest ever undertaken in education on the island of Ireland.

'Inspiring Generations' will support transformative educational experiences across the University that will attract the most innovative academics, the most talented students from all backgrounds, from the world over. Together they will research and address some of the major global issues of our time, from environmental challenges to cancer treatment.

Key flagship projects that will benefit from philanthropic funding include the Trinity St James' Cancer Institute that will transform cancer patient care; the new E3 Institute in Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies that will find balanced solutions for a better world; and the conservation and redevelopment of Trinity's historic Old Library and the creation of a research study centre. Priority will also be given to student scholarships and new academic posts that will enable expansion and innovation across education and research. The public launch of 'Inspiring Generations' commences with €272m already raised, which represents 42,933 donations by 10,244 donors from 68 countries.

Speaking at the public launch of 'Inspiring Generations', Dr Patrick Prendergast, Trinity's Provost said:

"At Trinity, our history inspires and informs our future. Trinity was founded on lands granted by Dublin Corporation in 1592, and since then our College has helped to shape a better informed and more equal society – in Ireland and around the world. We've achieved this by producing exceptional research, delivering a transformative education and inspiring Trinity alumni to make a positive contribution to the world."

"We are dedicated to pursuing innovation in education and research, and fearlessly advancing the cause of pluralistic, just and sustainable society. 'Inspiring Generations' will enable Trinity to achieve these ambitions and inspire generations to come. Our vision is by no means wholly dependent on philanthropy; but Trinity would not be the place it is today without support from alumni and friends of the University."

"Our ambitious Campaign goals are €400m in donations and 150,000 volunteer hours. 'Inspiring Generations' will advance Trinity into the next decade and lay the groundwork for us to inspire generations to come."

The national launch of the campaign will be followed by international launches in major cities worldwide in the coming weeks including London, Paris and in the US and Asia.

Marking the launch of the philanthropic campaign, Trinity commissioned a mural by artist Joe Caslin, at the Campanile in Front Square:

'The Youth Need to see their Greatness reflected in our eyes' is a powerful new piece created by artist Joe Caslin to celebrate the launch of 'Inspiring Generations' Campaign for Trinity College Dublin.

'Inspiring Generations' is about harnessing Trinity's past and present achievements as a means of charting our future. It builds on the many and freat successes of our students, alumni and staff to signal what is yet to come.

The artwork features Samuel Beckett, Nobel Laureate and one of Trinity's most celebrated alumni, alomgside Leah Kenny, a current Trinity student who wrote her final year thesis on Beckett and hsi work as part of her undergraduate English degree.

This artwork, a visual representation of 'Inspiring Generations' shows Beckett passing on his knowledge and inspiring the next generation to rise up and make their mark on the world. Beckett looks to the viewer in a relaxed pose with his notebook open and right hand pointing his pen to his heart, from which he always wrote. His fingers point towards Leah, who, lost in thought, represents a new generation of scholarship in Trinity.

The Campanile represents Trinity as the source of all this constant inspiration. A constant presence as people come and go, it will inspire generations for the next 400 years.