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DIT rolls out the red carpet for Luas Cross City

Posted: 7 December, 2017

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) celebrated the arrival of the new Luas Cross City to Grangegorman today with a festive performance of music from DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama students.

DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama Saxophone Quartet performs for Luas passengers on Saturday. {L-R} Sean Kenny, Andy Mullan, Robert Finnegan and Ryan Hargadon.

As passengers made their maiden journey to the end of the line at Broombridge, they were delighted by the celebratory sounds of a saxophone quartet. The introduction of Luas Cross City to Dublin’s newest urban quarter, Grangegorman, connects the Institute’s several campuses across the city centre.

Although an integral part of Dublin City since the 18th century, Grangegorman has been at times a little unknown amongst Dubliners. This is set to change, however, with the launch of the extended line to Grangegorman connecting it to the very heart of the city. The Grangegorman and Broadstone-DIT stops will service the DIT Campus while the Broombridge Depot is situated next to the Institute’s sports pitches.

Welcoming Luas Cross City, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said, “All in DIT have watched with great excitement as progress on Luas Cross City was made, every milestone in construction bringing us closer to the realisation of a unified DIT campus in Grangegorman. Now our campus at Grangegorman is connected with our locations throughout the city from Bolton Street to Aungier Street, and construction will shortly begin in preparation for the arrival of a further 9,000 DIT students to the campus in just two years.”

As part of the Luas festivities, DIT will host a series of free public lectures and musical events in St. Laurence’s Chapel on the Grangegorman campus remembering the area’s unique history. Highlights in a rich programme of events include a talk from Wicklow Gaol Historian Joan Kavanagh about the deportation of women and their children to Van Diemen’s Land from Richmond Prison, which is now the site of the Clocktower in Grangegorman. Emer Dennehy (Transport Initiative Ireland) and Teresa Bolger (Rubicon Heritage Ltd) will present a lecture illustrating how the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 led to the establishment of the Dublin Cholera Hospital at Grangegorman. Emmet Gill of Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Uilleann Piper’s Club) will talk about the revival of piping in Ireland and play some Irish traditional tunes, and vocal students from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will perform a festive concert of Christmas carols. For more information visit www.dit.ie

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