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Computer Science: Then and Now - Our event in June for Alumni, staff and friends2018 July 2

Alumni, staff and friends gathered together at an end of term event in June to honour the late Professor John G Byrne, affectionately known as the ‘Father of Computing in Ireland’.

The evening opened with a tribute to Professor Byrne by Professor Jane Grimson, Fellow Emeritus and Pro-Chancellor of the University, who aroused great interest with fact and good humour by capturing how John was fondly remembered.

Those who never knew Professor Byrne were fascinated by his pioneering work in introducing Computer Science as an academic discipline in Ireland and how he influenced so many world scholars and leaders.

Professor Carol O’Sullivan addressed the audience in the second part of the evening, outlining the School’s activities and developments and looking at future plans for the School and ways in which Alumni can get involved in shaping that future.

Afterwards all gathered at a reception in the foyer of the O’Reilly Institute. Good conversation and cheer abounded late into the evening. Many adjourned in groups to old haunts frequently visited during their time at Trinity.

A lovely evening and a wonderful tribute to a great man. 

His legacy will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Listen below to the talks given by Professor Grimson and Professor O’Sullivan on the evening:

Computer Science: Then and Now – Professor Jane Grimson

Computer Science: Then and Now – Professor Carol O’Sullivan


Posted by Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.  catherine.oconnor at