Trinity celebrates links to upcoming Olympics in exhibition series

A Trinity Olympic and Paralympic exhibition, sports day and Front Gate illumination will mark 100 days until the Paris 2024 Games

College is to hold a number of events this week to commemorate its links with the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Trinity Olympic and Paralympic Exhibition will “celebrate the university’s rich connection with the Olympic and Paralympic Games”, as well as the “remarkable contributions” made to the Games by Trinity students, staff, and alumni.

Taking place in the Exam Hall on Thursday and Friday, the exhibition will showcase stories and memorabilia from Trinity alumni athletes, such as Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s first female Olympian, as well as 1924 literature medalist Oliver St. John Gogarty.

The exhibition will also include the torch used during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

An Olympic-themed sports day is also set to go ahead tomorrow, April 16, exactly 100 days until the start of the games in Paris.

Taking place in College Park from 12pm to 2pm, the event aims to “encourage and inspire all Trinity students and staff to actively participate in sport in an inclusive, non-competitive, and friendly environment”. 

Both events are free to attend and do not require prior registration.

Additionally, the façade of Front Gate will be illuminated in the colours of the Olympic rings and the emblem of Team Ireland on the evenings of April 17 and 18.

Dean of Students Professor Richard Porter said that College is “proud” of its Olympians and Paralympians, and that it is hoped the itinerary will help the College to “embrace all those wanting to share in the excitement of the Olympics”.

“The Olympics brings out the best in human endeavour and instils a long-lasting sense of achievement and enjoyment to competitors and spectators alike,” he added.

Director of Sport and Physical Activity Michelle Tanner told Trinity News that through the events, College is reaffirming “its commitment to fostering a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and sporting excellence”.

“Our Olympic themed sports day reflects Trinity’s dedication to creating welcoming opportunities for students to engage in physical activity and foster lifelong habits of health and wellness,” she said.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will run from July 26 to August 11, with the Paralympic Games following from August 28 to September 8.

Evan Skidmore O’Reilly

Evan Skidmore O’Reilly is News Co-Editor for the 70th volume of Trinity News. He is a former Deputy News Editor, and is a current final year Business and Politics student.