University challenged

Ireland“SOCIAL HISTORY: Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Sixties, Edited by Sebastian Balfour, Laurie Howes, Michael de Larrabeiti, Anthony Weale, The Lilliput Press, 271pp. €20. I thought I would like this book before I opened it. I saw the necessity for it before I knew it existed. There’s a reason for these unvigilant attitudes. Most people see their college years as intimate, formative and unnerving. But after a lifetime of hoarding memories, what they usually confront, sooner or later, is disappointing and unrepresentative: an official history of their university, complete with maps, dates and donors. Utterly emptied out of the late nights, the cobbled lumps of moonlight, the conversations, the revelations. The title of this book announces its difference …” (more)

[Eavan Boland, Irish Times, 20 June]

[An extract is here.]

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