IT was the work of Trinity student Samuel Beckett that proved the trigger for setting another Sam on the road to a life in theatre.
The Trinity connection came full circle when America's greatest living playwright, Sam Shepard, received an honorary Doctor in Letters degree to recognise his contribution to world drama.
The quietly spoken playwright, who credited 'Waiting for Godot' as the work which sparked his interest in theatre, joined Christine Buckley, campaigner for the rights of abuse victims, yesterday when she received an honorary Doctor in Laws.
Ms Buckley told how the day had an added poignancy for her because her father, who had studied Medicine at Trinity, died last April.
"I was hoping that he would make it to see this. It would have been extremely fitting," Ms Buckley said.
Mr Shepard was accompanied to Dublin by his life-long friend and former partner, rock star Patti Smith, and his sister, Roxanne Rogers.
The 'True West' writer described as a "great honour" the distinction bestowed on him by TCD.
Today, he plans to travel Derry to begin work with friend Stephen Rea for a production of Sophocles's works, and will spend a few days there before flying back to New York.