Trinity College Dublin Announces New Fellows and Scholars

Trinity College Dublin today heralded the beginning of the annual Trinity Week with the announcement of three Honorary Fellows, 17 new Fellows and 80 new Scholars of the College.  The ceremony is one of the oldest and most colourful at Trinity College and marks the beginning of the annual Trinity Week, a long established celebration of College life.

The announcement was made by the Provost of Trinity, Dr John Hegarty, surrounded by members of the Board of the College in full academic gowns on the steps of the Public Theatre.  Students and staff celebrated the occasion with colleagues, friends and families in Front Square.

Scholars are students who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and understanding of their subjects and are elected annually in various subjects as a result of an examination held in the week before the start of Hilary term.


Medical students Claire Murphy, Elizabeth Harbottle, John Hynes, Ian Reynolds, Mayce Al Kuraishi and Samantha Martin, celebrate after the announcement of new scholars in Front Square.

Research achievement or scholarship of a high order is the primary qualification for Fellowship, along with evidence of the candidate’s contribution to the academic life of the College and effective record of teaching. 

Honorary fellowships were also awarded to Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine,  Ian Graham at  Trinity College and consultant cardiologist at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital,  Dublin Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght.  Dr Douglas R  Green, Chair of Immunology at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who has links with the Smurfit Institute of Genetics , and respected economist,  Professor Frances Ruane and  Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute and previously of Trinity College were also awarded with honorary fellowships.

This year to celebrate Trinity Week, the Trinity Long Room Hub on behalf of the  Faculty of Arts,  Humanities and Social Sciences , has put together an exciting programme of symposia, events, films, debates, trails and workshops around the theme of  ‘Ideas for the Future’.  Trinity Week will run from  April 12th-17th  and all events are free and open to the public.