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85th Annual Dinner - 13 November 2009
Malone Golf Club
Almost 100 graduates and guests assembled in Malone Golf Club for our Annual Dinner, which, as always, provides an occasion to meet friends old and new. It was refreshing to see many young Graduates and guests among the gathering and is a healthy indication that the Association is going from strength in this its 85th year.
Our new President, John Maxwell, welcomed all present and in introducing our main speaker, Dr Edward McParland from the College's History of Art department, referred to the recent publication Trinity Tales, edited by Brendan Kennelly, in which various contributors reminisced on their experiences in college. Drawing graduates attention to the fact that the Association had now a web presence he thanked the Secretary, William Devlin for his and Pat Devlin's work in setting up the TCDANI website and went on to thank the Treasurer, Hazel Scott, and Dr Kathleen Rankin for their work in arranging the Dinner.
For his part, in tracing both the architecture and associated history of several historic buildings, Dr McParland dwelt upon the freedom for study that the University afforded him since his appointment and the pleasure that that gave him. Some chuckles were raised in reference to several Dons of the 18th century to which one writer referred as enjoying the latter to the avoidance of the former.
As always we were pleased to welcome representatives from other Trinity Alumni Associations: Dr Ian Bayley from The Fermanagh Association and Maurice Walker representing the Antrim & Derry Association. Mrs Oonagh Ferrity, President of the Queen's University Graduate Association and her husband Patrick were also our guests.
The speech to our guests was delivered by Sir Donnell Deeny and the reply made by Gavin Lloyd from the Cambridge Association. The president thanked everyone for making the evening so enjoyable and this was evident as many graduates lingered on to chat and exchange memories and news.
Here are some photos of the Dinner. Click on the thumbnails below for larger pictures