Joe Revington, b. 1948
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Joe Revington, b. 1948


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Track 1: Background in Tralee, Co. Kerry, entered Trinity College Dublin in 1966 to study Law. Helped to revive the Gaelic football team at Trinity. Memories of the turbulent years of 1968/69 and the daily meetings of students in Front Square to debate the issues of the day. Explains his expulsion from the Hist. Society. Track 2: Elected President of the Student Representative Council 1968/69. Recalled the outrage caused when, for the first time in Trinity’s history, Gardaí were called in to quell a student pro-Maoist demonstration. Memories of his satisfaction when, in 1968, he succeeded in persuading College authorities to sell their South African shares, in protest against the apartheid regime there. Track 3: Reflected on the vibrant atmosphere prevailing at Trinity during this time. Memories of his experiences on the Board of the Student Council, witness to the tensions between traditional and liberal agendas. His accommodation in College; his enduring interest in politics. Track 4: Trinity’s connection with Co. Kerry and the origins of the Reid Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to Kerry students at Trinity. His contribution to Liaison, the editor of which was the late Paul Tansey, and which was one of fourteen college publications at one time. Track 5: Studying in King’s Inns and qualifying as a barrister. Becoming advisor to the Labour Party under the leadership of Dick Spring. Track 6: Reviewing his college years, witnessing much change. Humorous anecdote of an occasion when a fire occurred in the Pearse Street area late one evening, necessitating the evacuation of Trinity students nearby. It was evident that many of the evacuees were female, despite the ban on female students on college premises after six p.m.!

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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6.49 MB, 6.20 MB, 11.33 MB, 4.90 MB, 11.42 MB, 10.15 MB

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Widow of former Provost

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore