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Trinity College, Dublin, Leinster
Trinity was founded just before the Tudor monarchy had completed the task of extending its authority over the whole of Ireland. The idea of an Irish university had been in the air for some time, and in 1592 a small group of Dublin citizens obtained a charter from Queen Elizabeth incorporating Trinity College juxta Dublin. The Corporation of Dublin granted to the new foundation the lands and dilapidated buildings of the monastery of All Hallows, lying about a quarter of a mile south-east of the city walls. Two years later a few Fellows and students began to work in the new College, which then consisted of one small square. During the next fifty years the community increased. Endowments, including considerable landed estates, were secured, new fellowships were founded, the books which formed the beginning of the great library were acquired, a curriculum was devised and statutes were framed.
Trinity College is the only Irish university to rank in the top 100 world universities (49th) and amongst the top 50 European universities (13th) by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) university league tables.
There were 15,716 registered students in 2007–08.
SOURCE: Holger Leue, courtesy of Tourism Ireland.
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