Trinity College Dublin – Front Gates Refurbishment in our Joinery Workshop

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest University.  The front gates of the College were originally erected in the early 1870s and stood the test of time over the intervening centuries.  In April 2014 the gates were severely damaged when struck by a car.

The damaged gates were taken to the joinery workshops of Dunwoody & Dobson Ltd.  In conjunction with the Trinity’s Estates and Facilities Department and the Conservation Architect Paul Arnold the repair process was agreed.  The original timber was analysed, and matching timber was sourced.  As much of the original gates as possible was retained and repaired and where required new sections were created and the gates were assembled to their original construction.

The surface finish of the timber was stripped back to bare wood and the whole of the gate was French polished to complete the process of restoration.

The gates were refitted in June 2014 and their  historical and architectural importance remains a key feature of Trinity College Dublin. The gates continue to be a significant and iconic aspect of the college’s identity, welcoming all who pass through them.