Thursday 26 May 2016

Historical Trinity gates ready to be reinstalled

Alan O’Keeffe

Published 10/06/2014 | 10:23

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The large oak front gate of Trinity College, which was struck by a car and badly damaged in April, will be reinstated tomorrow.

The 140-year-old gate was made of oak and had high-relief diamond-shaped panelling. The gate was made from European Oak in the 1870s and also contains some pine in its construction.

Commonly referred to as the Great Gates in college documents, they form the start of the principal ceremonial route for formal college occasions. After the gates suffered damage two months ago, they were removed by craftsmen from the Trinity College Buildings Maintenance Department and brought to the joinery workshops of Dunwoody & Dobson.


Craftsmen used matching tight-grained oak in repairing and replacing damaged sections of the frame and panels.

The original door frames are being replaced with new oak posts. The whole of the gate will be French polished to complete the process of restoration.

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