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Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Sixties

By: Sebastian Balfour

Edited by: Michael de Larrabeiti , Anthony Weale , Laurie Howes

Publication Date: May 2009

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Trinity College Dublin of the sixties was an unusual, even unique institution, where a motley collection of students from England, Ireland and many other parts of the world came together at a fascinating time in the post-war period. Trinity College Dublin then was a remarkably small, mainly Protestant university, curiously cut off from, but also part of an old Catholic city. It was an eccentric little world.

Trinity Tales explores this sixties milieu through thirty-six different autobiographical lenses, including works by Derek Mahon, Brendan Kennelly, Edna and Michael Longley, Roy Foster, Jeremy Lewis, Ray Lynott, Rock Brynner and Donnell Deeny: alumni who overlapped, played their part, and in turn involved later alumni.

This book is an invaluable record of a culture in transition, handsomely illustrated with photographs.

‘A wonderful book … of amazing charm and real candour … a valuable map of the cultures and conversations which then animated Trinity … editors and their contributors have produced a book of immense value. It manages to be a portrait of an institution that is not institutional. It provides access to a moment that is more human than historic. Best of all, you don’t need to have been a Trinity student to enjoy reading it. Just young.’ Eavan Boland, The Irish Times

Edited by Sebastian Balfour, Laurie Howes, Anthony Weale, and Michael de Larrabeiti.

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6 reviews for Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Sixties

  1. Lilliput Press

    “An excellent re creation of Trinity in the wonderful years of the 60s as it really was! It was a real account.” CHRISTOPHER WOOD

  2. Lilliput Press

    “What a marvelous find. It offers amazing insight into life as a student at Trinity during a period of enormous change, both in Ireland and internationally. I highly recommend this for anyone who is a student of Irish history & culture or of the 1960’s.

    (I was only a Summer student at TCD in the 1990’s, so it’s really a deep contrast to my own experiences. )” JEFFEREY WIGHT

  3. Lilliput Press

    “The 1960s saw the first baby-boomers enter the world’s universities. In the UK and Ireland, the university system expanded and democratised, with more working- and lower-middle-class people entering higher education.

    Trinity Tales captures this optimistic, politically charged and seemingly simpler era through well-written, often poignant stories written by the people who were there. It’s unmissable for anyone who was in Dublin, or at any UK or Irish University during the period, and would be greatly enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the importance of the 1960s to British life today.” JIM

  4. Lilliput Press

    “An excellent assortment of essays which bring back many happy memories. I would recommend it to anyone who was at Trinity during the sixties.”

  5. Lilliput Press

    “In case you thought Flann O’Brien’s Third Policeman was a fantasy, then I recommend a close reading of Trinity Tales to put things in perspective. So much young promise, innocence seen through the bottom of a glass, love, learning and sex without the Beatles. You can almost smell the damp duffle coats and cheap fags as the almost bright young things throw themselves into their own futures and Dublin’s past. They did do things differently there, so read about it before we forget that there is an alternative, that there are lots of societies, and that real education is not a commodity, it’s an adventure.” B DIMMOCK

  6. Lilliput Press

    “This delightful anthology of the sixties at Trinity recalls the carefree education available in those glorious years. There is a bias towards the arts but that is natural. Science and engineering miss out at the Lincoln Gate.
    It is sad that nowadays, there seems less available time for students to enjoy what life offers and the pleasure of each others company.” NICHOLAS

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 156 × 235 mm
Publication Date

May 2009


Paperback, 296pp.