Club notes

Keep up to date on the latest activities from some of College’s 49 sports clubs

After a busy Michaelmas semester for many of the College’s student athletes, the majority of our 49 clubs remain active and in training for the remainder of the season. Should you wish to take part, memberships can be bought on FIXR, or contact your chosen club directly via email or Instagram!


DU Aikido was established last year, meaning 2022/23 was the first season which saw many participants learn Japanese grappling self-defence techniques. DU Aikido will this year train on Wednesdays, from 4 – 6pm at Bell Centre Webster Gym. In order to join the club, join its GroupMe at, and follow their Instagram @trinityu_aikido to stay up-to-date. Contact [email protected] for more information.


The “Harriers” or distance group will train four times weekly this year – Mondays and Thursday easy run from the Science Gallery at 6pm, Tuesdays 6pm in College Park, and Saturdays 10am at Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park for a hill session. The Track & Field group will train on Mondays from 6:30pm – 8pm and Wednesdays from 7:30pm-9pm in Irishtown Stadium. Michaelmas Term saw DUHAC’s Ladies’ “A” team take bronze at the Intervarsity Road Relays, and a squad training camp to Lanzarote was enjoyed in January. DU Athletics are best contacted via Instagram @trinity_athletics, where you can also sign up to the FIXR membership through the link in bio, or alternatively email [email protected]


DU Badminton enjoyed some great successes in 2022/23, reaching the finals of the Student Sports Ireland competition and the quarter-finals of Intervarsities. Competing in the Dublin League, the ladies’ team saw a win in the Division 5 final and a narrow loss for the Division 6 team in their final. Social badminton sessions also saw regular turnout of over 30 students. Training this year will take place at the Main Hall of the Trinity Sport Centre; on Tuesdays from 8pm – 10pm, Wednesdays from 8pm – 10pm, Fridays from 7am – 10am, and Sundays from 9am – 11am. A purchased FIXR membership will give you access to either the social or competitive side of the club, including the opportunity to try out for their competing teams. To get in contact with the club, reach out via Instagram to @tcdbadminton or email [email protected]

Canoe & Kayak

DU Canoe & Kayak Club runs training at the Trinity Sports Centre pool every Wednesday from 8-10pm and every Thursday 9-10pm, along with weekly open-water kayaking at Grand Canal Dock and monthly accessibility and women-oriented sessions. Weekends are spent on river trips across the country, whether on the River Liffey in Dublin or out to Bundoran, Lahinch, and Kerry. DUCK is currently preparing to compete at the Irish Kayaking Intervarsities (taking place in Galway at the beginning of February), where they hope to improve upon last year’s fifth-place finish. Boasting a competitive polo squad (3rd in 2023) and bolstered by a number of Irish international paddlers and highly experienced freestyle and whitewater team, their hopes are now firmly set on a podium finish. Always enthusiastic to see more beginners take up the sport and participate in their lively social scene, you can contact DUCK for more information via Instagram @du_canoekayakclub or email [email protected]


Trinity Climbing Club/DUCC hosts open climbing sessions twice a week at the climbing wall (T-Wall) in the Trinity Sports Centre, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm – 10pm. DUCC have thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the 2023/24 season, with an abundance of climbing completed by its enthusiastic members, both in indoor gyms and outdoor spots like the Burren and Dalkey. The Club is particularly looking forward to the approaching Climbing Intervarsities, which will be held in Belfast in February. The Club’s €6 semester membership fee entitles members to attend sessions and learn how to climb and belay without additional cost, with additional charges only being applied to trips and some social events. 

For more information, contact the club at [email protected] or via Instagram at @trinityclimbing.


For 2023/24, DU Fencing will train in the Ancillary Hall of the Trinity Sports Centre on: Monday, 8pm – 10pm and Friday, 3pm  – 5pm for Beginners; Thursday, 8pm – 10pm and Friday, 5pm – 7pm for Intermediates/Open Fencing; Wednesday, 7am – 10am for the Development Squad (invite only); and Tuesday, 8pm – 10pm and Thursday, 7am – 10am for Squad Training (invite only). So far this season, DU Fencing saw both its Men’s and Women’s Foil teams win the Club National Championships and qualify to represent Ireland at the European Championships. Fencing also sent 6 athletes to the 5 Nations in Scotland, organised Ireland’s first wheelchair fencing competition and picked up over 30 individual national medals. For more information, contact the club via email [email protected], or reach out on Instagram to @trinityfencing. 


DU Golf trains out of Portmarnock and Royal Dublin Golf Clubs. Intercollegiate matches take place regularly, and a highlight of Michaelmas term was the annual US Tour, which saw DU Golf this year compete against Yale University, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Social outings are provided for golfers of all abilities, as well as nights out. For more information, contact the club via Instagram @dugolfclub, or reach out directly to secretary Mikey Mina-Royanane at 087 390 9936. 


DU Handball trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Main Hall of the Trinity Sport Centre from  5pm – 7pm. A purpose-built handball/racquetball/squash alley under Printing House Square is currently under renovations, however training will hopefully move back there once completed. Only established in 2022/23, the club has enjoyed a strong start to the 2023/24 season, claiming victories at the 2023 WallBall Intervarsities and the ICHA 40×20 Doubles in Croke Park. To contact the club for more information, contact Cuileann Bourke, via email or phone – [email protected] & 086 2244 186, or reach out via Instagram to @tcdhandball. 

Hockey – Men’s

This year, DUHC 1s and 2s will train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30pm – 9:30pm at the Santry Sports Grounds, while the 3s will train at 5pm on Wednesdays in Botany Bay. To join or contact the club, use Instagram @dublinuniversityhc or email [email protected].

Hockey – Women’s

DULHC will again train out of the Santry Sports Grounds this season. Sessions for the 1s will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, for the 2s on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, for the 3s on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm – 7:30pm, and for the 4s on Thursdays from 6pm – 7:30pm. For more information, contact the club at [email protected] or via Instagram at @trinity_ladies_hockey.


DU Judo trains thrice weekly, in Ancillary B of the Trinity Sports Centre – from 6pm – 8pm on Mondays, 8pm – 10pm on Wednesdays, and 6pm – 8pm on Thursdays. The Club have enjoyed a great first semester, with lots of new and returning members completing their gradings to advance to higher belts. DU Judo also held their first in-house competition of the year last semester, which was a resounding success, as well as hosting many enjoyable social events such as a trivia night, 5-a-side soccer, a pub crawl, and a charity sea swim.  A 1 month trial membership is available via FIXR, and for more information, contact the club at [email protected] or via Instagram at @dujudoclub.


For Hilary term, DU Karate will train in the Ancillary Hall of the Trinity Sports Centre, on Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 8pm, and from 9:30am – 11:00am on Saturdays. DU Karate travelled to Maynooth University in November to compete in Intervarsities, where a great day was enjoyed by all. Grading tests were also available to athletes who wished to progress their belts. 2022/23 saw continued growth for the club, with a presence at both the Dublin Intercollegiate and Intervarsity competitions. The FIXR link can be found in the club’s Instagram bio @du_karate, and you can also email [email protected] for more information.

Rowing – Men’s

DU Boat Club trains daily, at the Boathouse in Islandbridge, the Trinity Sport High Performance Gym, and Blessington Lakes. DUBC saw success in their season opener at Erne 4’s Head of the River, placing 1st, 3rd and 4th in the Intermediate 4+ category. DUBC are accepting both beginner and experienced rowers and coxswains to their squad; for more information, contact @duboatclub on Instagram or email [email protected].

Rowing – Women’s

DU Ladies’ Boat Club trains daily, at the Boathouse in Islandbridge, the Trinity Sport High Performance Gym, and Blessington Lakes. DULBC saw positive performances in their season opener at Erne 4’s Head of the River, claiming a 1st place finish (and fastest senior women’s time) in the Senior 4+ category, 3rd place in the Intermediate 4+ category, and 1st place in the Club 1 4+ category. Grace Healy also claimed the fastest women’s time at the Dublin Sculling Ladder. DULBC are accepting both beginner and experienced rowers and coxswains to their squad; for more information, contact @dulbc_rowing on Instagram or email [email protected].


DU Sailing trains four times weekly from Royal St. George Yacht Club. The 2022/23 season was full of highlights, including a dominant win against UCD at the Intervarsity Colours Championships. To join the Club, stay up-to-date on its activities or get more information, check out the Instagram page @trinitysailing or email [email protected].

Soccer – Men’s

DU Athletic Football Club typically trains on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in College Park, beside the Pavilion Bar. DUAFC has had a great start to the year, reaching the CUFL Premier Division Final for the first time in over 20 years. Both the Saturday and Sunday teams have made strong starts to their LSL league campaigns, with both teams hoping to gain promotion. The club looks to continue with their momentum this semester as they turn their focus to the Harding and Collingwood Cups, which are taking place in the coming weeks. DUAFC encourages prospective players to come down to training on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 3:30 PM, but in advance of doing so, please send an email to [email protected], as training days can vary depending on matches. The club can also be contacted through Instagram at @dusoccer.


DU Surf functions slightly differently to many Trinity sports clubs due to the lack of local east coast surf spots. However, the Club organises regular sea swims and other social events as well as the Club’s main attractions – its Irish and international trips! The 2023/24 season has been business as usual so far, including the Wind Wave Rave trip in collaboration with DUDJ as well as the surf trip to Dunfanaghy. Surf also ran a sold out collab night with UCD Surf Society and raised money for Movember with the annual “Dad Night”. Many shorter trips were also taken for sea swims and the Club competed in the Intervarsities “Belly Flop” competition, emerging as overall winners. Membership of DU Surf costs €5 and the FIXR link can be found in their Instagram bio @trinitysurfclub. For further information or with any queries, concerns, etc., use Instagram or email [email protected].


DU Swimming holds swim training in the pool in the Trinity Sports Centre, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7pm – 8pm. Water Polo training is held on Tuesdays, 8pm – 10pm; Thursdays, 8pm – 9pm; and Fridays, 7pm – 8pm. Michaelmas term was filled with lively social events, such as the Mo’squerade in aid of Movember, and competitions such as the University of Limerick’s Invitational Gala. To contact the club, check out their Instagram @duswimclub or email [email protected]. Their FIXR membership can also be accessed through their LinkTree, 

Table Tennis

DU Table Tennis trains in Trinity Sport Centre’s Ancillary Hall B, on Tuesdays from 8pm  – 10pm and Wednesdays from 6pm – 8pm. DUTTC is delighted to be starting regular coaching sessions this semester for team events, and also anyone looking to improve their skills. To contact the club for more information, email [email protected] or reach out on Instagram to @tcdtabletennis (where the FIXR membership link is also available).


DU Lawn Tennis Club will this year train in the Botany Bay tennis courts on Fridays, 6pm – 9pm for beginners; Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm at Botany Bay for intermediates ; and Mondays, 6pm – 8pm for advanced players. DULTC enjoyed a strong start to their 2023/24 season with an impressive performance at the HEC Clay Court Championship in Monte Carlo; the Club is now targeting intervarsity success in February before the season finishes in April. For more information, contact the club at [email protected] or via Instagram at


DU Trampoline trains in the Main Hall on the third floor of the Trinity Sports Centre from 5pm – 8pm on Mondays and 8pm – 10pm on Thursdays. Trampoline enjoyed an impressive start to the 2023/24 season when they took home the Intervarsities Shield for the third year in a row. For further information, reach out to the Club via Instagram @dutrampoline or email [email protected]


DU Barbell trains at the Ancillary Hall in Trinity Sports Centre from 2pm – 4pm on Tuesdays, from 11am – 1pm on Wednesdays, and from 7:30pm – 10pm on Thursdays. Over the course of the 2022/23 season, Trinity saw its members compete in European and World Championships, as well as bringing home a number of national titles for the club. In order to get in contact with the club, DM their Instagram @trinitybarbell, or email [email protected] or [email protected] to contact the President, Aisling Doherty-Madrigal, directly.

Wind & Wake

DU Wind & Wake’s training times are highly variable, given the weather requirements for safe participation. However, as much notice as possible will be given to members via the email list to members and on Instagram @trinity_wind_wake. Wakeboarding sessions will be held on weekends, with travel to Ballyhass Wake Park in Cork or Let’s Go Hydro in Belfast. Kitesurfing sessions will be held on Dollymount Strand, and windsurfing in Dún Laoghaire. The FIXR membership can be found in their Instagram bio, which you can also reach out to for any questions about the club – alternatively email [email protected]

Jane Prendergast

Jane Prendergast is Co-Sports Editor of Trinity News. She is a Junior Sophister student of Law.