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Philanthropists Eric and Barbara Kinsella donate €30m to Trinity College 27th May 2021

Eric Kinsella, Executive Chairman of the Jones Engineering group, and his wife Barbara have made a major donation to Trinity College Dublin which will provide seed funding for the development of the new Trinity East campus in the heart of the Grand Canal Innovation District. Read more here

Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Theatre Festival and Brokentalkers to create major public artwork near Grand Canal. 31st March 2021

Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Theatre Festival and Brokentalkers announce the collaboration on a major public artwork, ‘Rising’, which will be located near the Grand Canal, Dublin in Autumn 2021 on the subject of climate change and climate action. Read more here

The Innovation Hub at Trinity East has everything. Except a name. 26th March 2021

We are delighted to launch a staff and student competition to name the Innovation Hub at Trinity East. Read more here

Tech2Community project delivers much-needed laptops to Grand Canal residents 24th February 2021

73 laptops have been distributed to residents in the Grand Canal area over the last month, through the Grand Canal Innovation District’s Tech2Community programme. The pilot project aimed to deliver laptops to those who previously had no access to such a device in their homes. Applications were received from individuals who urgently needed laptops to study, search for employment or stay connected with family or friends. Read more here


Trinity's Grand Canal Innovation District takes step forward with plans for an Innovation Hub 20th November 2020

Trinity College Dublin has today announced the first phase of the planned Grand Canal Innovation District - its proposed Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub will provide space for entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovation teams from large corporates. It will be the venue for organised weekly events to bring together academics, start-ups, the local community and the enterprise community, animating and programming the Grand Canal Innovation District. Trinity has this week submitted the planning application with a view to having the new space fully operational in the first quarter of 2022. Read the full article

Innovation Districts as a Road to Recovery 22nd July 2020

Julie Wagner and Tom Osha, President and Board Chair of the recently established Global Institute on Innovation Districts have authored a piece on how innovation districts internationally can drive economic recovery from COVID-19. They argue that significant investments in research and development within the interconnected environment provided by innovation districts are more crucial than ever. Innovation does not occur in isolation but through the networks of universities, industry and entrepreneurs within these districts, the conglomeration of talent and collaboration of actors. Read the full article

The Grand Canal Innovation District - enabling Recovery Ireland 16th June 2020

In January 2020, following Cabinet approval the Government endorsed and published a Report from the Grand Canal Innovation District (GCID) Advisory Group which recommended the development of a globally competitive innovation district for Ireland. Since then, the world has experienced unprecedented change and remains in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, something that has reshaped our society, our public health system and our economy.GCID is even more relevant in this new context. Read more

Trinity welcomes Cabinet approval of Grand Canal Innovation District 3rd January 2020

Trinity College Dublin warmly welcomes the Government decision to support the development of a Grand Canal Innovation District (GCID) in Dublin. Cabinet support means that the vision of a new innovation campus spearheaded by Trinity and first outlined by the Taoiseach in July 2018 is now closer to becoming a reality. Read more here


Artist-in-residence position13th December 2019

Trinity College is delighted to announce a 12-month part-time artist-in-residence position within the Trinity Technology & Enterprise Centre at Grand Canal, commencing in March 2020. Applications are now open for the position. Read more here

Trinity, local businesses and residents turn part of Grand Canal Quay into a piece of art 10th May 2019

Over 30 volunteers from Grand Canal Quay - residents, employees, school students, volunteers from the Docklands Business Forum and Trinity College Dublin students and personnel – are today (Friday 10th May) transforming a disused wall along the quay into a piece of art. The artwork is partly designed to point to what is to come for the area – the Grand Canal Innovation District. Read more here

Grand Canal Innovation District Ezine17th April 2019

Keep up to date with news of the Grand Canal Innovation District with our ezine (April 2019). If you would like to subscribe, please email

International perspectives 11th March 2019

As part of our plans to develop a new university campus at Grand Canal Quay that we intend will act as a catalyst to develop a globally competitive innovation district in Dublin, we have been building relationships with renowned leaders in the development and programming of innovation districts internationally. We have recently facilitated sessions open to a range of stakeholders with experts from the USA and UK. Read more here


Grand Canal Innovation District ezine 18th December 2018

Our first Grand Canal Innovation District ezine was published today. We intend to issue the newsletter regularly to keep interested parties updated on the development and our plans. If you would like to subscribe, please email

Themed consultations 29th November 2018

We hosted two engagement sessions themed around areas of central importance to the Innovation District. The first focused on Research, Education and Innovation and the second had Place making and Sustainable Communities as the theme. Key stakeholders to the project were invited to attend these round table sessions.

Read more about Stakeholder Engagement and see the photo gallery.

Additional stakeholder engagement 15th October 2018

During 2018, we’ve hosted two briefing sessions for local Councillors and had 1:1 meetings with elected officials, local industry, Dublin City Council and local residents. We also presented the vision at Open House Dublin on 14th October at the Waterways Ireland Docklands Office, Grand Canal Quay.

Community Engagement 13th September 2018

Our first community engagement event took place on September 12th in St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street and was targeted directly at residents of the area. This gave the team the opportunity to share the vision for the GCID directly with the people who will live in its surrounds and who will ultimately benefit from the planned significant investment.

Read more about Community Engagement and see the photo gallery.

Stakeholder consultation and engagement 30th August 2018

To allow members of the local Grand Canal and Docklands community, as well as all interested parties and stakeholders, to have the opportunity to inform the development of the masterplan for the Grand Canal Innovation District a series of consultation and engagement sessions have taken place in 2018.

If you have not been able to attend any of our events to date, we will be organising more sessions in 2019, so keep an eye on the website. You can also share your views by filling out the Feedback form.

Grand Canal Innovation District Launch 12th July 2018

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast today announced plans for a new Trinity campus at Grand Canal Quay and the establishment of an innovation district for Dublin.

You can watch video highlights of the launch here