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Tuesday 21 August 2018

I'm delighted with 'shiny' campus - student Aoife

One of the first students to attend DIT's new campus at Grangegorman was "thrilled" by her new surroundings.

"It's fabulous. Everything's so shiny and new. It's really beautiful," Aoife O'Neill (20) said.

The second-year Visual Merchandising and Design student said the old hospital buildings have been restored magnificently.

Aoife, who commutes from her home in Knocklyon in Dublin, said she and her fellow students were very pleasantly surprised when they arrived on their first day on Monday for a series of meetings.

"Last year, we were studying in a terraced Georgian building in Mountjoy Square. It was much smaller than our new campus.

Proud

"I'm delighted we have so much more room and there is so much more natural light here. This place looks amazing," she said.

"We have a canteen here with hot food. And a gym which we didn't have before. I'm looking forward to using the gym.

"And the library is much bigger here too," said Aoife.

She said there are 30 students in her year doing the Level Seven course. The departments moved in this week: social sciences, art design and print, and photography, she said.

Students were moving with her in the first phase in a transfer from teaching venues in Mountjoy Square, Portland Row and Temple Bar.

She added that as many as 1,200 students were making the transfer.

Aoife intends to use her future qualifications to work in set design on movies and on television.

"It's great here. I'm so proud," she said.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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