The Piranha

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The Piranha
Trinity College, Dublin
A Political, Literary and General News-Paper
The masthead of The Piranha
Type satirical student newspaper
Format Berliner
Editor Hugh Guidera, Sch.
Founded 1978[1]
Headquarters House 6
Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland[2]
Circulation 6,000

The Piranha is the official satirical newspaper of Trinity College, Dublin.[3] Formerly known as Piranha! magazine, it was rebranded in 2009. It is a member of Trinity Publications and is written entirely by students of the university.[3] The first edition claimed that it was established in 1863,[2] but official college records state that the publication was founded in 1978.[1]


Since 2010, The Piranha has been printed in Berliner format. It was previously a magazine. The newspaper is produced solely by students of the University under the direction of a student editor. The publication typically releases five issues each year including an "Election Special" where they parody candidates in Student Union Elections. Free copies of each edition are distributed around campus. Similar to other student publications in Trinity College, The Piranha is funded by a grant from the Trinity Publications Committee and supplements this with advertising revenue.

Recent Editors[edit]

Year Name
2008-2009 Andrew Booth
2009-2010 Jonathan Wyse, Sch.
2010-2011 John Engle
2011-2012 Ricky McCormack
2012-2013 David Byrne
2013-2014 Dónal McKeating & Cormac Shine, Sch.
2014-2015 Hugh Guidera, Sch.

Other former writers and editors include Alan Gilsenan, chairman of the Irish Film Institute, actress Pauline McLynn, and journalists Quentin Letts, Nick Webb and Michael O'Doherty.


In 2010, The Piranha was nominated for the People's Choice Award in the National Student Media Awards.[4]


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