On Thursday, February 9 2017, UCD hosted the Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference 2017. The conference brought over 530 alumni, professionals and students together in O’Reilly Hall, UCD with the aim of assisting women in their careers and professional development. The keynote lecture was delivered by Tina Roche of Business in the Community Ireland and there were numerous panel discussions that addressed women’s role in the media, in STEM, professional services and sport.
On Wednesday February 8 2017, the first international presentation of the UCD Foundation Day Medal was made to UCD Arts & Humanities alumnus Colm Tóibín in the Metropolitan Club, New York. The UCD Foundation Day Medal is presented annually to a distinguished alumnus of national and international recognition whose influence and contribution are a source of great pride to the University.
Speaking at the presentation the President of UCD Professor Andrew J. Deeks said “UCD is proud to honour Colm and celebrate the distinguished career and literary achievements of one of our most outstanding UCD Arts and Humanities graduates. Colm’s successes reflect UCD’s quest for excellence and uphold the values that UCD hold dear – integrity, excellence, collegiality, engagement, creativity and diversity – values that we believe are in the DNA of our University”.
In delivering the citation fellow UCD graduate, Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York, said, “Colm’s work is distinguished by an elegance, brilliance and precision of style. His gifted artistic talents enable him to transfigure the minutiae of everyday life, to reach readers from very different times and places, and to lead us to a greater imaginative understanding of a shared and diverse humanity – qualities comparable indeed to another UCD graduate, James Joyce.” The President of University College Dublin, Professor Andrew J. Deeks presented the medal in front of 250+ UCD alumni, supporters, friends and Irish diaspora who had gathered in New York to celebrate and honour the global success of Colm Tóibín.
Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo Irish Literature and Drama conducted an animated interview with Colm Tóibín to the delight of the audience. Our thanks to colleagues in UCD College of Arts & Humanities, Professor Sarah Prescott, Principal; James Ryan, Director of Creative Writing; & Professor Margaret Kelleher for their support of this event.
Click here for images of the evening, and below for the testimonial video shown on the night, featuring Fintan O’Toole, Anne Enright, James Ryan, Sheila Pratschke, Garry Hynes & Marie Mullen, and also the event highlights videos.
A new book by Joe Hassett (Ph. D. 1983) tells as it’s never been told before the story of the clash between James Joyce’s Ulysses and the law of obscenity. In what is probably the most important, least understood episode in the perennial struggle between law and literature, Joyce’s novel was adjudged obscene in one trial in 1921, but exonerated in another a dozen years later. Hassett’s comparison of the two sheds new light on these epoch-transforming events and their implications for the never-ending struggle to overcome censorship of prescient works of the imagination.Above all, this is a story of remarkable people, especially John Butler Yeats, who saw that the objection to Joyce arose from the fact that his “terrible veracity, naked and unashamed” interfered with the public’s desire to live comfortably and thus superficially. Yeats, father of the poet, handed this argument to John Quinn, lawyer for Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, who faced criminal charges for publishing what Anderson regarded as the most beautiful thing she and her partner would ever have the opportunity to publish, and uttered the eerily prophetic vow, “We’ll print it if it’s the last effort of our lives.” Quinn, generous and able, but reluctant to be known as a champion of sex literature, ignored the powerful justifications Yeats, Anderson and Heap handed him in favor of tawdry and cynical arguments unworthy of Joyce’s great novel. Anderson and Heap were convicted of a crime and publication was halted, but arguments based on the societal importance of truth and beauty in literature eventually prevailed in the second trial in 1934.
Published by Lilliput Press. For details, see lilliputpress.ie/product/the-ulysses-trials.
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
In January 2017, Tom will receive an RIBA Honorary Fellowship.
Prof. John Tuomey and Prof. Sheila O’Donnell
O’Donnell + Tuomey were awarded ‘Irish Design Hero 2016’ by Image Interiors.
The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Níall McLaughlin winner of the 2016 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
The RIBA International Prize was awarded to Grafton Architects, for their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnologia (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru.
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 | www.axisballymun.ie
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 / www.ticketmaster.ie
Watch a trailer of Signatories on YouTube: https://youtu.be/b86LazIECHM
Find out more about Signatories on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Signatories1916/
Our 8 Ad Astra 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”
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.”
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.
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”
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”