Leuven and the Irish College have long held strong links. In 1608, Leuven was one of the places that welcomed the Irish .. flight of the Earls. An Irish College was established to preserve the culture and heritage of Ireland while bla bla. Over the centuries the college grew to .. .and in 1985 acquired the beautiful ... building that is today's premises. As well as the Leuven Institute which hosts ... the Irish college also hosts students, and set dancing festivals alike throughout the year. In continuing with its original mission to promote Irish culture, the main event of Tradfest will be held in the magnificent ... hall at the Irish College.