Celebrating UCD Architecture

UCD Architecture alumni are being recognised nationally and internationally for the contribution they have made in the area of design.

Congratulations to the following Architecture alumni, who were recognised for prestigious awards in 2016/2017.



Tom de Paor
BArch 1991
In January 2017, Tom will receive an RIBA Honorary Fellowship.






Prof. John Tuomey and Prof. Sheila O’Donnell 
BArch 1976
O’Donnell + Tuomey were awarded ‘Irish Design Hero 2016’ by Image Interiors.





Níall McLaughlin
BArch 1984
The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Níall McLaughlin winner of the 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.





Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara 
BArch 1974
The RIBA International Prize was awarded to Grafton Architects, for their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnologia (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru.

Signatories revival at The Olympia Theatre Dublin

Having received its world premiere at Kilmainham Gaol for the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, Signatories returns to the stage in October at The Olympia Theatre Dublin. Originally commissioned by UCD, this stunning list of writers, Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Éilís Ní Dhuibne, Marina Carr and Joseph O’Connor present the seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation, along with the interesting perspective of Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, who delivered the surrender in the Easter Rising of 1916.

This exciting production, noted for its magnificent writing, is directed by Tony Award-winning director, Patrick Mason, and will be delivered by some of the country’s most outstanding actors; Barbara Brennan plays Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell by Emma Donoghue; Frank McCusker plays Padraig Pearse by Thomas Kilroy; Karen McCartney reads James Connolly written by Hugo Hamilton; Roseanna Purcell who reads Seán MacDiarmada written by Éilís Ní Dhuibne; Stephen Jones plays Thomas MacDonagh by Marina Carr; Shane O’Reilly plays Joseph Mary Plunkett by Joseph O’Connor; Joe Taylor plays Thomas Clarke written by Rachel Fehily and Ronan Leahy plays Éamonn Ceannt by Frank McGuinness – all relay the voices that thread across deeply personal emotions from each historical Irish character.

UCD played a central role in the emergence of the Irish State – from the culturally-driven Gaelic Revival movement to the formation of the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan; from the actual planning of the Easter Rising to the formation of the first Government; UCD lecturers, graduates and even students were all part of the story of Irish independence.

Tickets can be purchased: 

Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun
Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October | 8pm | €16
Box Office – Tel: 01 883 2100 |
Complimentary car parking available
Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Low price Preview Tuesday 4 October | 8.00pm | €28.50
Wednesday 5 – Friday 14 October | 8.00pm €38.50/€33 (booking charges apply)
Box Office – Tel: 0818 719 300 – ROI / 0870 243 4455 – N. I. / +353 1 4858010 – Int’l Customers /

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Olympic Ad Astra Sports Scholars Achievements

Our 8 Ad unnamedAstra athletes participating in Rio 2016 Summer Olympics – representing about 10% of the Irish Olympic team – took the international stage by storm, and brought home Olympic silver for Ireland. We’re delighted Stage 4 Physiotherapy student and Ad Astra Sports Scholar Paul O’Donovan, along with his brother Gary secured Olympic silver in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls. Paul trained at the Ad Astra High Performance Gym over the past four years, while also skilfully managing his academic progress. Paul went on to secure gold at the World rowing championship. Continue reading “Olympic Ad Astra Sports Scholars Achievements”

University College Dublin holds alumni reception in New Delhi.

Saturday last, UCD held an Alumni reception in New Delhi, India to gather some of the 800 UCD alumni currently based in the country. UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks made his first official trip to India to attend the event, meet with alumni and to launch the UCD President’s Global Fund – India. The evening was kindly hosted by current Ambassador of Ireland to India, H.E. Ambassador McElduff at his residence. Also at the event Dr Conor Mulvagh launched the recently published book ‘Irish Days, Indian Memories’ and UCD presented an honorary award to renowned social activist Dr. V. Mohini Giri. Continue reading “University College Dublin holds alumni reception in New Delhi.”

UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers

The Nutrition Team at the UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers for a nutrition research study which will be completed at the Clinical Research Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. I had spoken to you about this study last May and you were very helpful, however we are still recruiting for this study and finding it difficult to get people who meet the criteria. If you could circulate an email/include it in an email to be sent to Alumni network it would greatly increase our reach and help our recruitment efforts.

We are currently recruiting individuals aged 40 – 65 years for a study investigating the effect of milk proteins on blood glucose control.

For more information about this study, please phone Elaine on 086 7213854, email or visit

Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) tackles toughest footrace for veterans charity

Financial specialist Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) is trading up from figures to foot racing in April 2016 to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

He’s taking on the legendary ‘Marathon des Sables’ for the charity that has inspired him and is already in training for what has been described as “the toughest footrace on earth”. Continue reading “Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) tackles toughest footrace for veterans charity”

Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project Update

April 2015 was the starting point of a project to comprehensively review all UCD taught programmes, incorporating the vision for UCD graduates from the UCD Education Strategy. This Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project adopts an outcomes-led programme approach and structure, informed by specific programme enhancement themes which are:

  • a focus on research-informed and research-led education
  • the development of discipline-specific as well as a wider set of attributes and capabilities
  • an appraisal of assessment (methods and load) and
  • the use of technology to enhance learning.

This is an update on the status of the project in late January 2016. Continue reading “Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project Update”

John O’Doherty receives the Sir John Hammond Award

British Society of Animal Science honour School of Agriculture and Food Science Professor with prestigious Award.

The British Society of Animal Science have awarded UCD alumnus, Professor John O’Doherty, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science’s Professor of Animal Nutrition, the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize at their annual Conference Dinner at Chester University on Wednesday 6th April 2016.

This prestigious Prize is awarded by the Society to anyone in research, teaching, advisory, farming or affiliated professions who has made a significant contribution to the science or development of animal production.

Full webpage here.

Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets

Skillnets appoints new Chief Executive

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks, has appointed Paul Healy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Healy brings strong expertise in HR, Learning and Development to the role, and over 20 years of experience in commercial environments. Continue reading “Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets”