History of the College
Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 after a small group of citizens obtained a charter from Queen Elizabeth I, making it the oldest university in Ireland and one of the oldest in Europe.
Two years later, a few Fellows and students began to work in the new College, which then consisted of one small square. Over the next century, a curriculum was devised and statutes were framed. Endowments, including considerable landed estates were secured, new fellowships were founded and the books that formed the beginning of The Great Library were acquired.
A 1882 mandate was passed to establish a School of Dental Science. In 1884, its first Professor of Dentistry was appointed and the first institution was established. It moved in to a new purpose-built dental facility in 1899, which served the three Dublin dental schools (University College Dublin, University College Dublin and RCSI). In the 1970s, these three dental schools were united into one School of Dental Science at Trinity College Dublin.
Present day Trinity College Dublin has over 40 departments offering a wide variety of courses. The College’s library is currently one of the largest in Europe housing over 3 million volumes in its collection. Today’s enrollment at Trinity stands at approximately 17,000.