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

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.

Trinity, in partnership with Docklands Business Forum and with the support of Dublin City Council have taken on the task of re-painting one of the external walls of the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Centre on Grand Canal Quay as part of the annual Docklands Volunteer Day. The artwork alludes to an “Innovation District” which refers to Trinity’s proposed plan to develop a new campus at the site which will act as a catalyst to develop a globally competitive innovation district for Dublin in the heart of the Docklands. Such a district has the potential to increase our international competitiveness, drive further investment to the city and regions, provide support for local entrepreneurs, connections between researchers and businesses and critically provide an asset for local residents.

Since the launch of the Grand Canal Innovation District vision by An Taoiseach in July last year, an Advisory Group chaired by Martin Fraser, Secretary General of the Department of An Taoiseach and comprising representatives from Government, state agencies, universities, industry and the local community have met to discuss the development of the district. A report from the Group will be published in the summer.

The wall painting today represents one of a series of multi-stakeholder community projects associated with the development. Trinity anticipates that there will be early activation of the site over the next year, providing further opportunities for community, cultural and business events.

Dr Diarmuid O’Brien, Trinity’s Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, said, “The vision for this campus and the Grand Canal Innovation District is to bring together our best researchers with industry, and provide a supportive environment for start-up businesses. We also want to ensure a space for culture and community, transforming the site into an attractive “go-to” location for local residents, employees and visitors. We are delighted to work today with Docklands Business Forum, local industry, residents and students at the beginning of this journey together”.

Alan Robinson, CEO of Docklands Business Forum, said, “This is the 9th year that Docklands Business Forum has run a Docklands Volunteer Day, and today we have 200 volunteers taking part in a range of projects from biodiversity, community outreach and creating public art deterring graffiti and all in an effort to improve the look and feel of the Docklands. We are very supportive of Trinity’s ambitions to drive an innovation district and believe that Grand Canal is the ideal location.”

Betty Ashe, local resident and board member of Docklands Business Forum, said, “I commend the work today of the volunteers who are giving their time to contribute towards enhancing the local area. As a resident, I want to ensure that any new development will take into account the needs of local people and I look forward to continuing to work with Trinity and local businesses on improving opportunities for the area, and delivering innovative opportunities for young people”.

Below is a selection of photos from the event.