Trinity College tree dating from the 1840s collapses

A tree dating back to the 1840s on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin has collapsed.

The university said the Oregon Maple tree crashed down at 4am this morning.

It was one of two maple trees located in the Library Square of city centre the campus.

"Generations will miss this magnificent tree", TCD said in a tweet.

Trinity President Patrick Prendergast said it was "sad to see the end of this beautiful tree."

A spokesperson told a clean-up operation was well underway, with the area cordoned off.

They also confirmed the tree collapsed due to disease and there was no damage to any surrounding property.

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