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Bloomsday celebration for Cathal Brugha Street

Posted: 20 June, 2016

The iconic DIT building on Cathal Brugha Street first opened its door son 16th June 1941 as St. Mary?s College of Domestic Science.

Seventy-five years later, DIT has celebrated the anniversary with a series of events on Bloomsday 2016, starting with a Joycean breakfast for invited guests, including graduates and former members of staff.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton visited Cathal Brugha Street to mark the anniversary. During his visit he met students from all over Ireland who were competing in the National Skills Cookery Competition as well as the diners who were there to enjoy a special Bloomsday breakfast, and members of staff from DIT.   He also had an opportunity to view an exhibition of photos and artefacts reflecting the programmes offered over the last 75 years in culinary arts, hospitality management, tourism, food science and environmental health. 

Unveiling a plaque in the main hall to mark the 75th anniversary, and the long history of excellence in education for which the building is so well known, Minister Bruton congratulated DIT on its contribution to education and said the Institute had an exciting future at its new campus in Grangegorman and on its journey towards Technological University designation.

Throughout the day visitors to Cathal Brugha Street enjoyed the opportunity to revisit their memories of studying and working there.  A panel discussion, chaired by George Hook, was followed by an evening of music and song in the nearby Church of St. Thomas.  Among the performers was DIT graduate Eimear Quinn.