Archive for the ‘History’ Category

“Though the road takes you East, though the road takes you West,  Here in Kandy you’ll find the school that is the best.”   Vote of thanks delivered by the Senior Prefect T.B. Marambe, at the Trinity College Kandy Prize Giving held in the College Quadrangle on February, 1938:   Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, My great predecessors could not in their time, Make a flattering speech through the channels  [ Read More ]

Hilary B. Abeyratne: ‘No patient of English’

PERSONALITY: Given the Kandyan upbringing of H.B. Abeyratne (HB), any outsider to Trinity College Kandy (TCK) circles may have the inclination to surmise that his initials stand for Heen (or Herath) Banda. It is not to be, for he was born to the well-known, affluent and anglicized Colombo parents Dr. & Mrs. L.O. Abeyratne and hence named Hilary Bertrand. After a distinguished school career at TCK, where he won the  [ Read More ]

The saga of Asgiriya

Asgiriya was dressed by the late Gamini Dissanayake in 1982 to be the most picturesque international cricket ground in the world. It was also the only Test venue owned by a school. But now, with the Pallakele cricket stadium in place, Asgiriya will continue to foster a multitude of Trinity sports without hindrance, as it has over the years. The Early Years What appeared to be a hillside where Asgiriya  [ Read More ]

Trinity College Rugby Montage Video

Audio & Video Editing / Production by : Yashwanth Dahanayake Rugby Footage Courtesy of : Channel Eye, Rupavahini, and Sirasa TV Watch in 1080p HD for highest quality. Lyrics: Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul. In the failed clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud, Under the bludgeonings  [ Read More ]

A Meeting of Cultures  KANDY.. The very name is redolent of history, culture, festivals, dances, caparisoned elephants, and historic rituals. Ancient temples nestle in remote corners of this “Kanda Udarata” –the old Kandyan Kingdom. The architecture, hipped roofs, frescoes, wood carvings and antiquities of these places of worship provide a veritable feast for the eyes, vying for attention with the surrounding vistas of cloud capped mountains, rivers, waterfalls and verdant plateaus. Kandyan architecture has a sublime  [ Read More ]

Prof. (Dr.) Senaka Bibile (1920-1977) was a third generation Trinitian. His father C.W. Bibile (1894-1936) and grandfather (W.R. Bibile 1865-1918) too attended Trinity. The family, descending from a long line of Veddah Chieftains and Kandyan Chieftains in the Uva Region, saw the benefits of a liberal education and enrolled their children at Trinity from the very inception of that hallowed institution. At Trinity, Senaka was an all rounder and shone  [ Read More ]

‘My Days at Trinity’ by Quentin Israel

An escapade in Barney’s hearse – Episode 4 Barney Raymond and Rodney Jonklaas were both unique. Eccentric personalities, they endeared themselves to all who had the good fortune to know them. They were very senior to me but their exploits, while in college and later on in life, were legendary. While at school, Rodney showed tremendous business acumen and entrepreneurship by selling to Miss Wells, who was in charge of  [ Read More ]

At “the best school of all”

A few years ago, School was more than a memory to me. I was there, savoring the last few days of my school life. Memories of fourteen years flooded my mind, as I held back the tears from my eyes. I could not afford to say good-bye to the place that had made me what I am, as the rhythm of my heart echoed “We will honor yet the school  [ Read More ]

Will history repeat itself with grisly accuracy when prop forward Murad Ramzeen’s Trinitians lock horns with No 8 Shehan Pathirana’s yet unconquered Royalists at the Royal Sports complex tomorrow will be the question on the lips of many a rugby connoisseur and historian albeit Royal being favourites to win the game and the Shield with an already eight point lead in the bag a fortnight ago at Bogambara. This writer’s  [ Read More ]

Lionel Gamini Dissanayake  was born in Kandy as the eldest son of a family of seven children to Andrew Dissanayake who served as a MP and a deputy minister in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party government of S.W.R.D Bandaranaike. His mother,Welegedara Samaratunga Kumarihamy of Kotmale. Born and bred in Kotmale, his basic values were cultivated in this rural milieu social surrounding and environment. The wealthy Dissanayake family resided in both Kandy as well as Nuwara Eliya. Gamini  [ Read More ]

facebook youtube email