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Trinity News

Trinity News is a student newspaper of Trinity College, and the oldest student newspaper in Ireland. It is an independent newspaper which reports on the news and views of the students and staff of Dublin University. The newspaper was first published in 1953;[1] it is using this date as the first volume that the volume numbers are currently derived.

Trinity News
Trinity College, Dublin
Cover of Trinity News Volume 61, Issue 7
Type Student newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Editor Niamh Lynch
Deputy editor Ciaran Sunderland
Founded 1953[1]
Headquarters House Six Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland[2]
Circulation 3,000



Over the years, Trinity News has appeared in many formats including broadsheet and tabloid; For 2016/17 it takes the form of a broadsheet publication. The newspaper is produced exclusively by students of the University under the direction of a student Editor. Due to the increased number of issues and workload, it has become common practice for the editor to take a sabbatical from studies for the year.

In addition to advertising revenue, Trinity News is funded in part by a grant from the Dublin University Publications Committee, but the newspaper claims full editorial independence. It is printed by the Irish Times in CityWest. The print run is 3,000 copies for each issue, which are distributed around Trinity College, various other city centre locations, Froebel College, Blackrock and Marino College. A small number of copies are also distributed by post to alumni and friends of the newspaper.


In 2011, Trinity News launched a digital searchable archive of past issues. The archive presented for the first time online every issue of the newspaper from its very first in 1953 to 1970 inclusive. The material was made available thanks to a donation of five bound volumes by Colin Smythe. Funding to digitise the volumes was generously provided by the TCD Association and Trust and the Publications Committee and carried out by Glenbeigh Records Management. The project was organised by Martin McKenna (editor, 2008–9).[3] Each digital edition is presented as a searchable PDF file, and the archive has become a vibrant resource for historians operating both inside and outside of the College.

Notable past storiesEdit

In October 2005, a story published in Trinity News revealed that the American air force was funding a research program in Trinity College. This story caused controversy among students and was reported on in the national press.[citation needed] It was also raised during question time in the Dáil.


In recent times Trinity News has won many accolades in the Irish Student Media Awards, including Newspaper of the Year, Editor of the Year and Journalist of the Year. It won "Student Newspaper of the Year" in Ireland in 2007, 2008 and 2009.[4][5] Below are the awards currently held by Trinity News and staff:[6][7]

  • Newspaper of the Year 2015 - Trinity News
  • Layout & Design of the Year 2015 - Catherine Healy
  • Web Designer of the Year 2015 - - Andrew Murphy
  • Website of the Year 2015 -
  • Science Education Correspondent of the Year 2015 - Anthea Lacchea
  • Editor of the Year 2015 - Meadhbh McGrath for tn2 Magazine
  • Newspaper of the Year 2013 - Trinity News
  • Magazine of the Year 2013 - tn2 Magazine
  • Layout & Design of the Year 2013 - Dargan Crowley-Long
  • Web Designer of the Year 2013 - - Andrew Murphy
  • Publication of the Year 2013 - USI Awards 2013 - Trinity News
  • Photographer of the Year 2013 - USI Awards 2013 - George Voronov
  • Editor of the Year 2012 - Kate Palmer
  • Layout & Design of the Year 2012 - Alex Towers
  • Newspaper of the Year 2009 - Trinity News
  • Magazine of the Year 2009 - Gearóid O'Rourke & Catriona Gray
  • Layout and Design of the Year 2009 - Gearóid O'Rourke (Editor)
  • Newspaper of the Year 2008 - Trinity News, Gearóid O'Rourke (Editor)
  • Editor of the Year 2008 - Gearóid O'Rourke (Editor)
  • Journalist of the Year 2008 - Gearóid O'Rourke (Editor)
  • Sports Writer of the Year 2008 - Eoin Fleck ((Deputy Sports Editor))
  • Best Social & Political Features Writer 2003 - Neasa Cunniffe (Features Editor / TN2 Editor)

Notable alumniEdit

  • Ed Mulhall (Head of News and Current Affairs, RTÉ)
  • Colin Smythe (Publisher of Terry Pratchett)
  • Patrick Smyth (Opinion Editor; Foreign Editor of the Irish Times)
  • Mark Little (Prime Time presenter, RTÉ)
  • Robin Hanan, (Coordinator European Anti Poverty Network, (Ireland), 1999–2007; CEO Irish Refugee Council, 2007–2009, Seanad candidate 2011)
  • Tadhg Peavoy (Multimedia journalist, RTÉ)
  • Ger Gilroy (Sports broadcaster, Newstalk 106)


  1. ^ a b "Societies and Other Institutions". University of Dublin Calendar - Part 1 (PDF). Dublin: Trinity College, Dublin. 2006. p. U12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Front Page". Trinity News official website. Trinity News. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  3. ^ Trinity News Archive.
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ " - Ireland's Number 1 Student Website".
  7. ^ Aine McMahon, "Trinity College students the big winners of Smedia awards", The Irish Times, 16 April 2015.

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