The Road Less Travelled
A series from the Trinity Long Room Hub and Near FM radio featuring current and past students from Trinity College Dublin who have taken the road less travelled to education.
In this series, which ran from November 2021 to February 2022, we met women and men from all walks of life who have overcome social barriers and surpassed prejudice and discrimination—all for the opportunity to study at third level and in Trinity’s Arts and Humanities. Through these conversations, we celebrated diverse experiences of education, meeting fascinating people with unique life stories.
Leah Kenny (TCD School of English alumna) in conversation with Professor Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub
In our first recording, Professor Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub sat down with Leah Kenny to talk about her journey to education and how an opportunity with Trinity’s Access Programme led her to an English studies programme and a love of Samuel Beckett.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-leah-kenny/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/602818141069792
Karim Al Abassi (Current TCD student) in conversation with Dr Roja Fazaeli, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
In our second recording of 'The Road Less Travelled', Professor Roja Fazaeli, Associate Professor Islamic Civilisation, Near & Middle Eastern Studies spoke to student Karim Al Abbasi about his journey to third level education through Trinity College Dublin’s Access Programme (TAP) and the new Asylum Seeker Access Provision Programme.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-karim-al-abbasi/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/402122611556963
Dr Patricia McCarty (TCD Fellow) in conversation with Dr Ciaran O’Neill, School of Histories and Humanities
In our third recording of 'The Road Less Travelled', Ciaran O’Neill, Ussher Associate Professor in Nineteenth-Century History at Trinity College Dublin, spoke to Dr Patricia McCarthy, Visiting Research Fellow, School of Education, about her own education journey and overcoming physical and vision impairments to complete a PhD in Trinity’s School of Education.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-patricia-mccarthy/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/772725090352790
Dr Patricia Stapleton (TCD administrative officer) in conversation with Senator Lynn Ruane
In our fourth recording of 'The Road Less Travelled', Senator Lynn Ruane spoke to Dr Patricia Stapleton, Administrative Officer, School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin about her return to education as a mature student and as the first student through Trinity’s Access Programme to achieve a PhD.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-patricia-stapleton/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/394556709002435
Daryl Hendley Rooney (TCD PhD candidate) in conversation with Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, School of Histories and Humanities.
In our fifth recording of 'The Road Less Travelled', Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin spoke to Daryl Hendley Rooney, a PhD candidate in the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin about his educational journey from Crumlin in Dublin--and a first of his family to go to university—to study for a doctoral degree in Irish history.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-daryl-hedley-rooney/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/429004205361351
Mark McMahon (School of Law alumnus & barrister) in conversation with Sarah Grimson, Trinity Access Programme.
In our final recording of 'The Road Less Travelled', Sarah Grimson, Trinity Access Programme, spoke to Mark McMahon, barrister, about his pursuit of a career in criminal law and his journey through Trinity’s Pathways to Law programme.
Link to edited podcast: https://nearfm.ie/podcast/the-road-less-travelled-mark-mcmahon/
Watch live recording on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trinitylongroomhub/videos/664198361371101
The complete series of the Road Less Travelled will soon be published on the Trinity Long Roo Hub Youtube with ISL.
The Road Less Travelled radio series is produced by Trinity Long Room Hub and Near FM with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television licence fee.
The Trinity Long Room Hub would like to thank Trinity’s Access Programme (TAP) for their assistance in relation to the series.