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DIT Grangegorman celebrates the arrival of Luas Cross City

Posted: 30 November, 2017

Excitement is building throughout DIT as we anticipate the arrival of Luas Cross City on 9 December to stops serving the DIT Campus at Grangegorman, Broadstone and Broombridge.

Luas Cross City Photomontage image – Broadstone {Image courtesy of Luas Cross City & NTA}

To celebrate the arrival of the Luas and to remember the unique history of Grangegorman, the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service at DIT is hosting a number of free public lectures and musical events in St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman campus. 

Highlights from a packed 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 in Grangegorman between 1840 and 1853. Emmet Gill of Na Píobairí UIlleann (The Uilleann Piper’s Club), an organisation with a close association with the area around the new Campus in Grangegorman, will give an overview of the uilleann pipes, talk about the role of the Club in the revival of piping in Ireland, and play some Irish traditional tunes. 

Emer Dennehy (Transport Infrastructure 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. They will discuss the preliminary results from the archaeological excavation of the hospital's burial ground. The lecture, supported by a poster exhibition, will also provide insight into other recent archaeological discoveries along the route of the new Luas Cross City. Finally, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will close this special week of events with a performance of Christmas Carols. 

Luas to St. Laurence's Programme of Events

All events are free and will take place in St. Laurence's Church on the Grangegorman Campus.