Trinity Provost Welcomes City of Literature Award for Dublin

Posted on: 26 July 2010

The Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr John Hegarty today (26 July) welcomed the announcement of the designation of Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature.

“This City of Literature designation is a magnificent achievement for Dublin and for Ireland and will provide a great opportunity for Trinity to play a part in celebrating the rich heritage of its writers, from past greats such as Wilde, Swift, Goldsmith and Beckett to the creative genius of contemporaries such as Kennelly, Barry, Enright, Longley and Ni Chuilleanain. It will also promote the development of new understanding of writing through research on the Library’s great holdings of printed books and manuscripts”, the Provost stated.

“The Trinity Long Room Hub Humanities research institute is already attracting international scholars to work on our collections and to share their knowledge and interests with colleagues in Dublin.  The Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing has a national and international profile for creative writing and plays a role in bringing the achievement and ambition of writers and scholars to the attention of a wider public at home and abroad”.

“As a university at the very heart of the city, this new international recognition of Dublin’s literary tradition will add fuel to Trinity’s plans in the Creative Arts, Technologies and Culture” the Provost concluded.