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Dublin: 13 °C Monday 28 May, 2018

What actually happens at the Trinity Ball in 14 amazing pictures

Tonight’s the annual ‘big night out’ for the students of Ireland’s premiere university.

IF YOU ARE around Dublin tonight, or indeed tomorrow morning, you may notice some unusual goings on.  Bright eyed students, dressed in their finest finery will be shivering their way around the place, because tonight is Trinity’s Ball.

Never mind that it still feels like Winter, according to Ireland’s premiere University, term time is over and our future leaders must celebrate!

But what will they get up to?

We’ve looked back on the photographic evidence of the event over the years, and this is what we’ve found.


Oh there’ll be lots of messing.

Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland


Nothing like a ball to stimulate some romance.

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Photocall Ireland

Sitting around on the ground on Grafton Street

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Having an upset stomach

Probably due to too much jelly and ice cream.

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland


People appear to get very tired at this event.

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Gareth Chaney/Photocall Ireland

All told, it looks like a bit of a difficult night, but then maybe we’re just too old for it.

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