Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the 2000s

Edited by: Katie Dickson , Sorcha Pollak

Publication Date: 7 October 2021


This, the fifth and final volume in the Trinity Tales series, completes a cycle that began with tales from the 1960s. It invites readers to step into the world of Trinity College as it was in the first decade of this century through the reflections of students who attended the university during those years.

Within its pages lie the stories of twenty-eight graduates from a mix of diverse backgrounds whose experiences may dispel the myths of what it means to be a ‘Trinity student’. The collection reveals the rapidly changing world of the early 2000s. This was a time of the internet revolution, when social media first affected student life, when mobile phones and laptops became ubiquitous, when handwritten work was passing into history, when The Buttery closed its doors – and all this coming against the backdrop of an overheating then imploding Irish economy.

This kaleidoscope of recollections captures a student body in transformation and features stories of personal discovery and achievement against the odds. For some it proved a life-changing era when sexual, racial or class barriers were confronted.

This volume concludes a remarkable half-century journey, portraying the lives of others, and of ourselves.

‘A heartening read.’ – The Chronicle


Sorcha Pollak is a journalist with The Irish Times and writes the popular ‘New to the Parish’ series. Her first book, New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants, appeared in 2018. She has worked for the Guardian and TIME Magazine, and holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity (2006–10), and an MSc in Media, Communications and Development from the LSE.

Katie Dickson studied English Literature and Philosophy in Trinity (2000–5), with a sabbatical year as Deputy President of the Students’ Union and Editor of the University Record (2003–4). She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCD. She is the school librarian in Wesley College, Dublin, and is a founding member of the Library Association of Ireland’s School Library Group.


  • Uché Gabriel Akujobi
  • Sarah Benson
  • Annie Colleran
  • Adam Crothers
  • Heledd Fychan
  • Emma Gleeson
  • Jarlath Gregory
  • Dylan Haskins
  • Rory Hearne
  • Claire Hennessy
  • Hal Hodson
  • Khalid Ibrahim
  • Wayne Jordan
  • Kate Kennedy
  • Caitríona Lally
  • Cliona Loughnane
  • Jess Majekodunmi
  • Sallay Matu-Garnett (Loah)
  • Darragh McCausland
  • Erica Murray
  • Paul O’Connell
  • Katriona O’Sullivan
  • Kieran Quinn
  • Elske Rahill
  • dave ring
  • Alice Ryan
  • Jonathan Schachter
  • Carl Whyte
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    A heartening read.

    – The Chronicle

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 156 × 234 mm
Publication Date

7 October 2021


Paperback, 240pp

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