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Scenes for the BBC Three adaptation of Irish novelist Sally Rooney's hit novel Normal People have begun filming at Trinity College Dublin.

Despite the lines of tourists queueing to visit the iconic Book of Kells (when is there not a line?), several cast and crew members were seen roaming around the famous college campus yesterday, according to the Irish Independent.

The award-winning. book was adapted for the screen by Rooney herself, with veteran director Lenny Abrahamson behind the camera.

The Oscar-nominated director behind films like Room, Frank and What Richard Did completed a Masters in theoretical physics at Trinity back in 1987, so he's familiar with the setting,

He's set to direct six episodes of the 12-part series, before Hettie McDonald takes over for the remaining six.

Filming has mainly taken place in the Robert Emmett Theatre in the Arts Block, with scenes between the protagonists, Marianne and Connell, taking place in lecture theatres.

21-year-old Cold Feet star Daisy Edgar-Jones has scored the lead role of Marianne, while 23-year-old Paul Mescal will take on the role of Connell.

The Lír Academy graduate previously garnered rave reviews for his part as Jay Gatsby in The Gate Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby, so he should be well able to handle Connell.

The series follows the characters, who move from the West of Ireland to Dublin in order to attend college, but the pair strike up an unlikely relationship.

At secondary school, Connell is the popular guy while Marianne is an isolated outsider among her peers. Despite this, they're drawn together.

Roles are completely reversed when they start college years later, with Marianne fitting in straight away with the debating crew but Connell finds himself on the outskirts.

Abrahamson has spoken out about how excited to work with the pair, saying:

"I feel I have found two young actors who vividly capture Marianne and Connell and bring alive the profound and beautiful relationship at the centre of the story."

The cast are heading to Italy in August or September after filming in Trinity is completed, before returning to Dublin to finish the shoot.

Filming also took place in County Sligo earlier in the year.

Further scenes will be shot in Trinity today and on Monday in the front square, library and on the cricket pitches. See if you can spot the cast if you're wandering around town.

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Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones was always one to use proper enunciation and fancy-ass language, but apparently the actor himself is picky about the script-writing.

Charles Dance recently revealed that he accepted the part of the Lannister patriarch because the script did not use the word 'gotten'. Alright then..

The veteran stage and screen actor said it made his skin crawl when period TV or film dramas used modern language, and he credits GOT's incredible success on the Trinity College Dublin education of the show-runners.


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The 72-year-old said he was delighted by the show's literary pedigree, and praised Dan Weiss and David Benioff for their shared TCD education. According to him, that's where the show gets it's huge success from…

Speaking on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon show, he said: “It’s the quality of the writing principally."

“Dan Weiss and David Benioff were both English graduates at Trinity College Dublin, I believe. They are well schooled in the language."

“Because a lot of the time if I get a period script, even if it is a mythical period but it is supposed to be in England, and I read the word ‘gotten’ it makes the hairs go up on the back of my neck," he added.


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“There wasn’t a single ‘gotten’ in this at all. The whole thing was run like a military operation. At the beginning of a 10-part season, there were 10 scripts. Very few rewrites," he continued.

"There were two units working full time on that. It’s a major scheduling thing. It was fantastic.” Charles Dance lasted until season four of the epic on-screen saga, but his character was killed off in 2015.

He admitted that the show's eventual ending 'confused' him. On Good Morning Britain, he said of the denouement: “It got to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmm, OK’.”

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Tributes and condolences have been pouring in for the Trinity student who died while trying to take a selfie.

The 26-year-old, Anand Goel lost his footing when trying to take a picture at the Cliffs of Moher.

The emergency services were notified around 3.15pm on Friday, when a person was seen falling from the cliff. 

Eyewitnesses told Gardaí that the man appeared to be taking a selfie when he lost his footing.

A body of a man was recovered by a Rescue115 crew.

The remains were flown to Doolin Coast Guard station, where he was formally pronounced dead.

Anand, who was an Indian National, was studying Tech Marketing & Design at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

The Indian Embassy in Dublin has been working to bring Anand back to his home country.

TCD are providing support to those closest to the victim.

The Indian Ambassador to Ireland Sandeep Kumar took a visit to the scene to pay his respects over the weekend.

On Twitter, the Embassy issued a statement offering their condolences.

It read: “Deeply saddened by tragic death of promising Indian student, Anand Goel, studying Tech Marketing & Design at Trinity College, who accidentally fell off Cliffs of Moher."

“Heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. Your loss is our loss. Embassy stands solid with you and is assisting with all formalities."

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Trinity also took to Twitter to honour their student.

They said: Deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students in an accident at the Cliffs of Moher."

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

In a separate statement, they added: “We are also reaching out to his fellow students, friends and staff here at Trinity supporting them during this distressing time. We are working closely with the Indian Embassy and An Garda Síochána in doing so.”

Our condolences go out to Anand's friends and family at this difficult time. 


Three Irish universities have been included in the top 100 most innovative universities in Europe.

Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin have all been included in the ranks, and we're pretty proud.

Three colleges in the UK made the list, as well as two in Switzerland and Germany, one in France and one in the Netherlands taking the top spots.

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The list by Reuters ranked Trinity in 60th place, while UCC came in 75th and UCD in 98th place.

Even though Ireland only has three of its universities included, Reuters affirm that with a population of less than five million, we can boast more top 100 innovative universities per capita than any other European country.

This is the second year in a row that Reuters has compiled a list like this, which ranks the institutions taking the initiative when it comes to advance science, new technologies, and help contribute to the global economy.

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The most innovative universities in Europe 2017 are as follows:

  1. KU Leuven, Belgium
  2. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Technical University of Munich, Germany
  5. Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
  6. University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany
  7. Pierre & Marie Curie University – Paris 6, France
  8. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  9. University of Zurich, Switzerland
  10. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

60. Trinity College, Dublin

75. University College Cork

98. University College Dublin



College student's dreams have just come true (literally) as a designated place to catch your 40 winks has just been unveiled. 

Trinity College Dublin has just opened a new nap room for students. 

The respite room will have comfy couches for students to sleep on, and other areas for people to relax and unwind. 

The room was part of the campaign promises made by Aoibhinn Loughlin, TCDSU Welfare Officer, and is part of a series of developments by the union to create more student spaces.

According to The University Times the new student nap room is located in the Parlour beside the SU Cafe in Goldsmith Hall.

Now, if only we could get a sleeping pod or two into the office…



We all know Trinners are winners, but they might not be for much longer following the publishing of the QS World University Rankings 2016/ 2017.

Falling a staggering 20 places, Trinity College has slipped to 98th place in the World University Ranking meaning it's just two positions away from no longer being included in the world's top 100 universities.

And it's not just TCD who has found itself slipping down the scale this academic year as UCD dropped 22 places leaving it at number 176 while UCC has fallen 50 places and DCU has dropped seven.

It's not all bad news for students studying in this country, however.

Flying the flag for Irish universities in the rankings which rate third-level institutions on academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international studio ratio, NUI Galway has made its way into the top 250 – a leap from its 287th place in 2012.

Let's just focus on that one right now, shall we?




While many consider Freshers week to be a total piss-up, there will be a very important new addition to the jam-packed week of events next year. 

Trinity College Dublin announced today that it will hold workshops regarding sexual consent for all 1st years who take up residence in the Trinity Halls accommodation located in Rathmines. 

Following the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, students will be expected to attend the workshops along with regularly scheduled meetings regarding fire safety and rules of the residence. 

"We want to dispel the myths around sexual assault and start a conversation about what consent is," said Shane Rice, head of the committee that supports Halls students, to the Journal. 

Last year, a survey conducted by the Student Union revealed that 1-in-4 Trinity students admitted to having a sexual encounter during their college life that was not fully consensual. 

1-in-20 males also reported the same occurrence. 

The motion was passed unanimously in a Student Union meeting held last night and the class is due to be implemented from the start of the new college year.