Saturday 3 December 2016

Trinity v UCD: rivalry between sons of gentry and thrifty shopkeepers will rage on for a while yet

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Long Room Library in Trinity College Dublin
Long Room Library in Trinity College Dublin

For a moment, just a brief moment, it appeared that the final barrier between the offspring of the blue stockings of the minor ascendency and the thrifty shopkeepers, between privilege and trade, had finally crumbled after almost five centuries.

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In the latest Times Higher Education 'world university rankings' it seemed that the Catholic university founded by Cardinal Newman was about to eclipse the Protestant Elizabethan splendour of its Dublin competitor.

But in a "hold it there" moment, it now appears that Trinity College Dublin "submitted and wrongly signed-off" on incorrect data and has now been excluded from the rankings until the mess is sorted out.

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