Oct 3, 2023

Potomac River Island Renamed For Ella Mills

“Ella’s Island” will honour the Trinity-Columbia Dual BA student, for whom a Book of Condolences will be held in the Arts Block for the next two weeks.

Clara RocheEditor

An island on the Potomac River near Washington DC has been named after Ella Mills, the Irish Times has reported. 

The 20-year-old English student on the Trinity-Columbia Dual BA program died in a kayaking accident on the river last month.

The island, renamed by the Potomac kayaking community, will be known as Ella’s Island. 


Mills, from Clontarf, began her studies in Columbia just five weeks ago, after completing the first two years of her degree in Trinity. 

A book of condolences will be placed in Room 4015 of the Arts Building for the next two weeks for students who wish to sign it. 

Last week, Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) extended their “deepest sympathies” to her friends and family, and urged affected students to get in touch with the Student Counselling services. 

Following her passing, she was remembered in national and international news outlets including the Irish Times and the Columbia Daily Spectator. 

In a statement to students, Dean of General Studies at Columbia, Lisa Rosen-Metsch said: “Ella had a love for learning, was intellectually curious, and passionate about literature.” Rosen-Metsch highlighted her involvement in DU Players and the tennis club at Trinity. 

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