Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Reunions, Woodland Walks, Characters in Conversation, Alumni Awards, or simply to pay a nostalgic visit to relive those great memories of student days.
We are delighted to welcome you back and are always looking for ways of improving and evolving our event programme to make sure we have something for everybody.
Our Characters in Conversation series has proved an enormous success and is currently in its seventh year. The annual Alumni Awards, Woodland Walkies, Shakespeare Lectures, and UCD Choral Scholars and UCD Symphony Orchestra concerts continue to entertain our alumni throughout the year.
We will keep you informed about our events as they happen. Make sure to update your details with us at the link below to ensure that you receive email updates and that you’re not missing out on that special event!
Celebrating 50 Years of Anglo-Irish Literature in UCD
The world-renowned Irish playwright and UCD Graduate, Marina Carr enchanted our audience in the Garrett FitzGerald Chamber on Wednesday evening. Marina read from two of her plays, Hecuba and Woman and Scarecrow, and held a fascinating conversation with Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of UCD’s Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama programme. The event also paid tribute to the founding role of the late Professor Roger McHugh, inaugural Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, and celebrated 50 years of the MA programme which he founded. Dr Mary Canning, who was a doctoral student of Professor McHugh, gave the closing remarks.
UCD France Alumni Chapter Launch
UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to launch the France Alumni Chapter on 30th November 2017. The event was held in the Embassy of Ireland, Paris, in the presence of H.E Ms Patricia O’Brien, Ambassador of Ireland to France, along with Professor Michael Brophy, Head of French at UCD, and Avril Donohue, Global Alumni Relations Coordinator at UCD. We were delighted to welcome 140 UCD alumni to the very first event in Paris, and we very much look forward to future engagement with our UCD alumni community in France. A special thanks also to the work of the France Chapter Representatives – Maurice Stack, Cormac Ryan, Ciaran Mac Guill and Desmond Mc Getrick, for their support in organising the event with such an engaged and enthusiastic group of alumni in Paris.
UCD President’s London Visit 2017
UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks, welcomed our London-based alumni to a reception and panel discussion in the elegant Drapers’ Hall, London on November 29th 2017. The theme was Cybercrime – Industries on the Frontline. There was a stellar line-up of panellists, most of whom are UCD alumni and all are experts in the field of cyber security. Speakers included Paul Gillen, Managing Director, Head of Security Operations at Barclays, Philipp Amann, Head of Strategy, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, Eric Sheehan, Head of IT Information and Cyber security at Gatwick Airport, Vincent Rezzouk-Hammachi, Head of Data Privacy and Data Management Services at Mazars. The discussion was moderated by Cheryl Baker, Director of UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation. The event was kindly hosted by Mazars Ireland and special thank you to Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars for supporting the UCD alumni community. Thanks also to the work of the chapter contacts, David O’Reilly and Eoin Lyons for their support in organizing the event with such an engaged and enthusiastic group of alumni in London.
UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour 2017
UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome our Australian based Alumni to the first ever UCD President’s Alumni Australia Tour in October 2017. Throughout the tour, events were held in the cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, with over 300 UCD alumni in attendance across the three events. Over the last 163 years, UCD has grown from strength to strength and today is Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university. We are working hard towards achieving our vision for 2020 – bringing the best of the world to Ireland and the best of Ireland, including its distinct cultures, to the world by developing our strategic relationships to grow global engagement. Alumni engagement is a key aspect of this strategy, and we are proud to have over 2,500 alumni in Australia, with Alumni Chapters in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. We look forward to visiting Australia again in 2018!
Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in Student Activities
UCD Student Services celebrated 25 years of the UCD President’s Award this October 5th through the launch of an impressive memoir publication. Since the Awards inception in 1993, a total of 278 recipients have been honoured with a President’s Award for their contribution to student life on campus. Former recipients and UCD alumni, Gavan Reilly and Sinead Ingoldsby, on the night reflected on the enormous impact and importance of University activities outside of the classroom to their own personal development and career. Many other recipients were captains and chairpersons, social activists and campaigners, administrators and representatives, all of whom continue to be influential, successful and active by making a difference to society, nationally and globally. It is through these inspirational role models that we have established the University’s standing on the world stage.
Golden & Diamond Jubilee Classes of 1967 & 1957, September 2017
UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Classes of ’67 and ’57 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden & Diamond Jubilees and a reconnection with classmates after 50 and 60 years.
UCD Festival, June 2017
On Saturday June 10 we welcomed over 10,500 people from the local community and UCD alumni, students, and staff to Belfield to celebrate the thinkers, creators, educators, innovators and fun makers for the UCD Festival.
65 high quality multi-disciplinary events took place throughout the day, including talks, interactive exhibits, science displays, creative workshops, live performances, lots of family fun and tours of the campus. Graduates from the milestone classes also celebrated reunions at a Bubbles and Brunch reunion in the morning, and went on to enjoy the Festival.
We look forward to keeping you updated on plans for the next UCD Festival!
UCD San Francisco Alumni : “Fireside Chat with John O’Farrell, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z)”, June 2017
The UCD San Francisco Alumni representatives were delighted to welcome over 60 alumni and friends to the LinkedIn Headquarters for an enjoyable networking event. CNBC’s Aditi Roy interviewed UCD Alumnus, John O’Farrell, who shared valuable insights from his extensive experience within the venture capital business sector and the seven ‘ingredients’ that make Silicon Valley so special. Our thanks to our sponsors; LinkedIn, Bank of Ireland and Grant Thornton Irish Business Group for their generous support.
100 Years of UCD Student Representation, May 2017
The academic year 2016/2017 marked the 100th session of UCD Student Representation. The Students’ Union, through the initiative of its president, Conor Viscardi, arranged a reception which was held in the Kevin Barry room in the NCH in Earlsfort Terrace on Tuesday May 23rd to mark the centenary. Many former SRC presidents and officers from the 50s, 60s and early 70s attended as well as recent SU Presidents, and the executive.
Speeches by Prof Mark Rogers, Registrar and Deputy President, Mr Brian O’Connell (who had been SRC President in 1967 for the 50th anniversary) and Mr Conor Viscardi, SU President 2016/17 were followed by an un-veilingof a plaque by Professor Andrew J Deeks , UCD President to JJ McElligott, the first SRC President who subsequently became the Secretary of the Department of Finance, and the Governor of the Central Bank.
UCD Boston Alumni: “Stories of Success”, April 2017
The UCD Boston Chapter representatives were delighted to welcome over 50 alumni to the stunning offices of AB Bernstein on State Street for an evening of enthusiastic learning and networking.
Vice Consul Aoife Budd of the Consulate General of Ireland kindly opened the evening’s formalities. UCD alumnus Mark Gallagher moderated what was a highly engaging panel discussion with entrepreneurial alumni Aidan Browne, Sinead O’Connor and Jonathan Ruane providing open and honest insights into their own careers since UCD. The networking reception that followed was made possible through the generous support and hospitality of AB Bernstein.
UCD Woodland Walkies, April 2017
UCD alumni and friends came back to campus for a day of doggy fun with their dogs for guided walks, an agility course and pet experts. It was a family fun day with a Vet Q&A, puppy orienteering and a dog show.
UCD Alumni Receptions in India, March 2017
On Saturday March 25th, H.E Brian McElduff hosted a UCD alumni reception at the Irish Embassy in New Delhi the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed over 100 guests to the event which included a panel discussion on “Ireland and India’s relationship over the decades” with former Indian Ambassador to Ireland Kiran Doshi. The evening also saw the launch the latest book by UCD Professor Kathleen James Chakraborty, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, entitled “India in Art in Ireland”.
On Friday March 31st the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed alumni and friends to the first UCD Bangalore Alumni gathering. The president was joined on the night by his fellow UCD colleagues; Douglas Proctor and Lorraine Woods (UCD International), Prof. Ravi Thampi (UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering) and Prof. Jeremy Simpson (UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science). Alumna Rebecca Heins was introduced as the newly appointed Bangalore Chapter representative and delivered a talk on her journey from Bangalore to Belfield and back.
UCD Brussels Alumni Reception, March 2017
On March 20th 2017, H.E. Mr. Éamonn Mac Aodha, Ambassador of Ireland, hosted a reception for UCD Alumni in the Irish Embassy in Brussels. This event marked the UCD 2017 Postgraduate Student Field Trip to the European Institutions. The evening was a great success and we were delighted to welcome our alumni and friends from the Benelux region, including EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and Judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh of the European Court of Justice.
Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference, February 2017
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.
UCD Foundation Day Medal presented to Colm Tóibín, February 2017
On Wednesday February 8 2017, the first international presentation of the UCD Foundation Day Medal was made to UCD alumnus Colm Tóibín in the Metropolitan Club, New York . The UCD Foundation Day Medal is presented to distinguished alumnus of national and international recognition whose influence and contribution is a source of great pride to University College Dublin. The President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks presented the medal in front of UCD alumni, supporters, friends and Irish diaspora gathered in New York to celebrate and honour the global success of Colm Tóibín.
UCD London Alumni at the Pan Irish Universities New Year Gathering, February 2017
UCD UK alumni gathered in London City on February 1st as part of the annual Pan Irish Alumni Event. UCD London Chapter representatives, David O’Reilly and Eoin Lyons, were delighted to welcome old friends and new faces. A great evening was had by alumni who proudly sported their UCD colours as they kicked off the UK Chapter activities for 2017.
UCD Dubai Alumni Reception, January 2017
On January 19th 2017, The President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks, welcomed alumni from the United Arab Emirates to Dubai for the first UCD UAE Alumni reception. The president was joined on the night by his fellow UCD colleagues; Prof. David FitzPatrick (College Principle and Dean of Engineering), Prof. Joe Carthy (College Principle and Dean of Science) and Prof. Dolores O’Riordan (Vice-President for Global Engagement) as well as The Irish Ambassador to the UAE, Patrick Hennessy. Alumna Linda McLoughlin delivered an inspiring talk on “Leadership Lessons from UCD to the UAE” and the UCD UAE Alumni Chapter was officially launched with Irene O’Gorman and Caragh Curran at the helm!
A Choral Celebration of Christmas, December 2016
UCD Choral Scholars were joined by Tristan Russcher – piano – and Michael Seaver – Clarinet – under the direction of Dr Desmond Earley, for 3 magical evenings in Newman University Church for the annual ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’. Each evening started with a mulled wine reception in Newman House. Thank you to our alumni and friends for their support of Alumni Relations and the Choral Scholars.
“From Richview to London” UCD Architecture Alumni Event, November 2016
The School of Architecture held an alumni event in London on the 22nd November in Alan Baxter Ltd., an engineering design studio, in East London. There were presentations from notable alum such as; John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell, Niall McLaughlin and Kevin Bates. Prof. Hugh Campbell (Head of UCD School of Architecture) emceed the evening’s proceedings to more than 150 engaged attendees.
Shanghai Reception, October 2016
On October 27th 2016 a UCD alumni reception was held in the Irish Consulate in Shanghai hosted by the Consul General Therese Healy and UCD President Prof Andrew Deeks. A conversational lively interview with Prof David FitzPatrick, Principal of UCD College of Engineering and Architecture and engineering graduate Rory Sexton, VP China Operations, Apple Inc. was the focus of the event with the discussion around Rory’s time in UCD and the story of his journey from UCD engineering to Apple in China. The room was filled to capacity and alumni and friends in attendance were thoroughly entertained and engaged.
Diamond Jubilee Class of 1956, September 2016
UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’56 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Diamond Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 60 years.
Golden Jubilee Class of 1966, September 2016
UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’66 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 50 years.
GAA World Games, August 2016
Last month 58 GAA teams from 20 countries traveled to Dublin to compete in the GAA World Games. UCD were delighted to host three days of the Games here on campus. To coincide with the Games, UCD Alumni Relations invited our GAA affiliated alumni back to campus for an evening reception. Alumni from Australia, USA and Ireland convened in the UCD Clubhouse along with current BDIC / UCD students from Beijing. UCD Director of Sport and renowned Gaelic footballer Brian Mullins welcomed the international crowd before an evening of connection and reunion.
UCD Festival, June 2016
The inaugural UCD Festival took place on Saturday, 18 June 2016 for alumni, current & retired staff, and our local community and friends. Over 100 events took place on campus, there were debates, excavations, exhibitions, Picnics, 5k fun run, the student centre put on the family fun entertainment there was great activity all over Belfield. Attendees enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, meeting colleagues, making new connections, hearing thought provoking speakers, seeing inside the UCD labs and libraries and learning more about UCD today.
We hope you had a great day and look forward to welcoming you back to the next UCD Festival! The President of UCD Professor Andrew Deeks would like to thank all the alumni, friends and neighbors who joined us for this day of celebration, connection, discovery and exploration.
See photos from the day here
Characters in Conversation: Celebrating History
Prof Diarmaid Ferriter (UCD alumnus, academic and Irish Historian) joined Catriona Crowe (UCD alumna and Ireland’s Premier Archivist) and Prof Roy Foster (the Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford) for our first Characters in Conversation event of 2016 titled Celebrating History.
Prof Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin, Head of UCD School of History introduced the event.
Related: UCD honours six for advancing understanding of Ireland’s revolutionary period (link)
Robert Fisk – April 2016
Renowned journalist Robert Fisk delivered a lecture at UCD on Monday, 18 April 2016, entitled Life after ISIS. The event, hosted by the UCD Philosophical and Law Societies and supported by UCD Alumni Relations and University Relations, was attended by the President, Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. The audience of over 1,000 alumni, students and staff were kept captivated by Fisk’s insightful lecture and by the engaging Q&A session that followed. Following the lecture, Dr Fisk was presented with honorary life membership of the UCD Law Society.
UCD Festival Launch – April 2016
The launch of the inaugural UCD Festival took place on 12th April in O’Reilly Hall. In attendance were UCD alumni who are contributing to the programme on the day including Fr. Peter McVerry, Miriam O’Callaghan, Dr. Rhona Mahony, Gordon Snell, Dr. Aoibheann Ni Shuilleabhain and Jarlath Regan. On Saturday 18th June, UCD will host the first ever UCD Festival. Visitors will experience an enormous variety of talks and exhibitions, theatrical performances, live music and family entertainment. This is a showcase event that will be an excellent opportunity to discover the facilities on campus, explore new buildings and the wonderful parkland.
Third Act in Life Workshop – March & April 2016
Dr Edward Kelly, a graduate of UCD, has developed The Third Act workshop for people entering the third act in their lives and how to best develop and cultivate it. His workshop is based on the fact that Human Longevity has created a whole new Third Act in our lives, as we are living 25-30 years longer than previous generations. Dr Kelly delivered two ‘Third Act in Life’ workshops in UCD on Wednesday, March 9th and Wednesday, April 6th to over 100 UCD alumni.
UCD House of Lords – February 2016
Over 250 alumni attended a UCD reception in the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords on Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
The reception was kindly hosted by Lord Adair Turner and his wife Orna Ní Chionna, a UCD Graduate. President Deeks addressed the attendees and highlighted key priorities for the coming year. and in particular to highlight one major priority – Big Data and the Digital Age. Professor Barry Smyth, Digital Professor of Computer Science, Dr Laura Toogood, UCD Graduate and digital expert, 11 year-old Lauren Boyle, daughter of a UCD graduate and European Digital Girl of the Year 2014/2015 spoke about how the digital world is changing all of our lives. Professor Orla Feely introduced the speakers and acted as MC for the evening. We are conscious that many of our graduates live and work in the UK. We aim to encourage a vibrant UCD alumni community so that our graduates can benefit from the strength of the UCD network and connections. All attendees were invited back to Belfield campus on June 18th to the first UCD Festival for a programme of events that will engage, connect and inspire all of our attendees.
UCD Choral Scholars Concerts – Christmas 2015
UCD Choral Scholars were joined by Tristan Russcher – piano – and Cormac Ó hAodáin – Horn – under the direction of Dr Desmond Earley, for 3 wonderful evenings in Newman University Church for their annual ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’. Each evening started with a mulled wine reception in Newman House.
UCD BBLS Reunion, Friday 27th November 2015
On Friday 27 November, the BBLS Class of 1995 celebrated their twentieth anniversary of their graduation year in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Professor Joseph McMahon welcomed the class while a representative from the class, Rob Corbert gave a nostalgic speech on their time in UCD. The class was very well-represented due in no small part to the work put in by the Class Agents who took responsibility for rounding up their class to attend. The celebrations continued on into the night in the UCD Clubhouse Bar.
UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards, Friday 13th November 2015
On Friday 13 November, 400 of UCD’s most distinguished alumni, friends and corporate supporters celebrated 15 deserving alumni who received accolades at this year’s UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards in O’Reilly Hall. Among the awardees were, Dr Catherine Day, Dr Jim Sheridan and Fr Peter McVerry.
UCD Law Milestone Reunion, Friday 6th November 2015
On Friday 06 November, over 200 of UCD’s Law alumni celebrated their milestone graduation year in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Professor Joseph McMahon welcomed the classes of 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005 back to UCD for their class reunion. Each of the classes were very well-represented due in no small part to the work put in by the Class Agents in each year who took responsibility for rounding up their class to attend. The celebrations continued on into the night in the UCD Clubhouse Bar and in the Radisson Hotel.
UCD Career Mentoring Launch, November 2015
50 UCD graduates and 50 students from English, Archaeology and History were matched with one another for the UCD Career Mentoring Programme 2015/2016. Alumni and students met for the first time at the opening event in Ardmore House on November 3rd. We are very grateful to our alumni mentors who have volunteered their time to support UCD students with their professional expertise.
UCD Career Mentoring Launch, November 2015
25 UCD alumni in London gathered for a wine tasting evening organised by UCD Chapter Contact David O’Reilly and wine expert, Sorcha Holloway in London’s Fulham area.
For more information on the UCD London Chapter and to get in touch go to the UCD Alumni London Facebook Page
Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the Class of 1955, September 2015
UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome the Class of ’55 to Belfield to reconnect and celebrate the 60th anniversary of graduation from UCD.
Golden Jubilee Class of 1965, September 2015
UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’65 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 50 years.
Bloomsday Characters in Conversation 2015
Joe Brady, Adrian Hardiman, Conal Hooper, Gerardine Meaney, Christopher Murray, Cormac Ó Gráda & Harry White joined us on Bloomsday for a lively and entertaining evening discussing ‘Voices on Joyce’ – a recently published collection which gathers together interpretations of Joyce’s work by scholars in a wide span of disciplines.
Professor Christopher Murray, Emeritus Professor, UCD School of English, Drama and Film chaired the event.
UCD Alumni Professional Development Event – June 2015
On Wednesday, 10th June, UCD Alumni in London gathered in the Bloomsbury hotel to hear a panel four entrepreneurial speak about their experiences in starting their own businesses. The speakers included Mark O’Byrne, of GoldCore, Rob Reid, of Folklore, Jules Coleman, of Hassle.com, and Gary Leyden of NDRC who all provided us with lively and interesting conversation for the evening.
UCD Science Light and Shadow – May 2015
On Saturday, 23rd May, we invited our UCD Science alumni, along with their families, back to Belfield campus to celebrate the Science International Year of Light. We welcomed people to UCD Light and Shadow in the UCD O’Brien Centre for an interactive day of fun for all ages. It was a day of entertainment and fun with an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations, displays, installations and film screenings on how life affecs our daily life. RTÉ presenter Evelyn Cusack delivered the key note.
UCD Career Mentoring Closing Event – May 2015
On Tuesday, 19th May, the Career Development Centre with UCD Alumni Relations and the School of English, Drama and Film concluded their successful pilot career mentoring programme in Ardmore House in UCD.
Beginning in January, ten alumni volunteered their time to act as mentors to ten student mentees for the duration of the college semester. Mentors and student participants were matched based on areas of career interest.
UCD opens global centre in US – April 2015
University College Dublin opened a new Global Center for North America based in New York with representative offices in San Francisco and Chicago.
UCD has had a presence in New York for four years but the opening of the Global Center will add considerable impetus to activities focusing on academic and innovation partnerships, alumni and Irish diaspora networks, as well as on student exchange and graduate placements.
The development of the UCD Global Centers in North America will be matched with centers in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and New Delhi. The opening of these centers will enable UCD pursue its new global engagement strategy which aims to place the university in the top ten in the world for global engagement.
Currently there are some 1,500 US students at UCD but the university has ambitious plans to double these numbers over the next three years.
“There are obvious areas of interest to US students such as literature, Irish studies, history, politics and international relations and now is an ideal time to expand in these areas.”The President of University College Dublin, Professor Andrew Deeks said.
Specific to the U.S. And Canada, the President announced details of a new MA scholarship in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama. The Gus Martin Memorial Scholarship offers full tuition fees to the successful applicant.
In addition, UCD has opened a major scholarship scheme for study abroad students. The Generation Study Abroad scholarship will provide 50 scholarships of 1,000 Euro and is designed to support the Institute for International Education (IIE) initiative to encourage US students to study overseas.
Annual UCD Indian Alumni Reception – April 2015
On 25th April 2015 UCD hosted it’s annual UCD Indian Alumni Reception in New Delhi. The evening commenced with a welcome address by H.E. Ambassador Feilim McLaughlin, Ambassador of Ireland in India and UCD graduate.
This was followed by an address from Richard Bruton TD, Irish Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and graduate of Economics and Politics at UCD. Prof. Jeremy Simpson, Vice Principal Internationalisation in the UCD College of Science also addressed the attendees. Over 110 guests attended the reception which included UCD alumni, UCD faculty members and staff, UCD Indian partners, VIP guests and 2015 UCD offer holders and their families.
UCD Alumni Food Fair – April 2015
We welcomed UCD alumni, students and the local community to sample a delicious array of food supplied by our UCD alumni at the first ever UCD Alumni Food Fair on Saturday 18th April. The Fair showcased those enterprisingUCD alumni who have set up their own food businesses or have gone on to work in the food industry. The UCD Rás 5km run took place in the morning and the hundreds of hungry athletes sampled all that was on sale. Thanks to all of our alumni vendors who took part in the day – Rona Walsh Bakery, Wild About, Janet’s Sushi, Keogh’s Crisps, Irish Pride, Keeling’s, Nobó, Dublin Cookie Company, Poolside Café and Dave’s Doughnuts.
UCD launches global centre in China – March 2015
The Ambassador of Ireland H.E. Paul Kavanagh and Ms Rosemary Kavanagh together with the President of University College Dublin (UCD) Prof Andrew J Deeks launched the UCD Global Centre in Beijing on Thursday, 26 March 2015 in the Embassy of Ireland.
Teach na Gaeilge UCD Alumni celebrate 15th Anniversary – March 2015
Oíche go maidin a bhí ag mic léinn agus iar-mhic léinn Scéim Chónaithe Bhord na Gaeilge, 28 Márta agus ag iad ag ceiliúradh 15 bhliain de Theach na Gaeilge. Ba é an ceoltóir Tadhg Walsh Peelo, iar- mhac léinn de chuid an tí a chur an tsiamsaíocht ar fáil lena bhanna ‘Mo Hat mo Gheansaí’ agus bhí cúpla port ó mhic léinn reatha freisin. Ba iad Iseult Ní Rinn agus Peadar Ó Lamhna a bhuaigh an tráth na gceist a bhí bunaithe ar imeachtaí agus éachtaí na mac léinn 2000-2015. B’iontach an oiread sin alumni a fheiceáil, cuid acu a thaisteal achar fada le bheith i láthair. Dar ndóigh tá dlúthbhaint ag alumni an tí leis an scéim seo i gcónaí; is iomaí duine acu a roinneann a shaineolas ag cúrsaí oiliúna na mac léinn agus ag ócáidí eilei rith na bliana. Bíonn cuid eile ag tacú leis an Teach trí na h-eagraíochtaí Gaeilge, trí na meáin agus na scoileanna ar fud na tíre. Thug an ócáid deis dúinn tógáil ar shean-chairdeas agus buaileadh le cairde nua ó réimse leathan gairmeacha. Ba léir gurb í an Ghaeilge ba chúis le cumarsáid nadúrtha agus atmasféár spraíúil na h-oíche agus chualathas gur lean an chóisir ar aghaidh i 6 Sráid Fhearchair ina dhiaidh!
On 28 March 2015, Bord na Gaeilge UCD held an alumni event in UCD Clubhouse to mark the 15th anniversary of its Irish Language Student Residence Scheme, Teach na Gaeilge. The event was attended by current and past Bord na Gaeilge scholars. Professor Michael Doherty, Bord na Gaeilge Chairman and one of the founders of this scheme launched the Teach na Gaeilge 2000-2015 Commemorative Booklet, compiled by one of its current scholars Dónal Ó Cathain and a 15th Anniversary CD produced by UCD Trad Soc, featuring some of the most talented traditional musicians in Ireland. All proceeds from the CD and the alumni event were donated to the Peter McVerry Trust. A video of Teach na Gaeilge UCD Alumni can be viewed on the Bord na Gaeilge website: http://www.ucd.ie/bnag/ga/ceiliuradh15bhliain/
Art & Architecture of Ireland – Characters in Conversation
John Kelly RTÉ, joined UCD Alumni Dr Nicola Figgis, Prof Paula Murphy & Prof Hugh Campbell – 3 of the editors of the Art & Architecture of Ireland volumes – to bring the discussion on 3 of the Volumes to life – Sculpture, Painting and Architecture. The volumes contain 2 million words and 3,000 illustrations over 3,000 pages – capturing 1,600 years of culture from the middle-ages to the 20th century.
Prof Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Impact introduced the event.
UCD Career Mentoring Pilot Event – February 2014
On Wednesday, 4th February, the Career Development Centre in conjunction with Alumni Relations and the School of English, Drama and Film launched a pilot career mentoring programme which was held in Ardmore House in UCD.
Ten alumni have volunteered their time to act as mentors to ten student mentees for the duration of the programme timed to finish at the end of May 2015. Mentors are currently working in areas from broadcast journalism, teaching, academia, writing and the film industry and participants have been matched based on areas of career interest.
UCD Choral Scholars Concerts – Christmas 2014
UCD Choral Scholars were joined by Tristan Russcher – piano – and David Agnew – Oboe – under the direction of Dr Desmond Earley, for 3 beautiful evenings in Newman University Church for their annual ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas‘. Each evening started with a mulled wine reception in Newman House.
Swiss composer, Ivo Antognini, was in attendance on the first evening for the world-premier performance of his three pieces set especially for UCD Choral Scholars.
UCD UK Alumni Reception – 26 November 2014
On Wednesday 26 November 2014, over 150 UCD Alumni who are living in the UK attended a reception in the Embassy of Ireland to meet the President of UCD, Professor Andrew Deeks. President Deeks outlined the UCD Strategy 2015-2020 and paid particular attention to the UCD Global Engagement Strategy. He shared plans to develop a Global Centre in London which will act as a base for UCD students, staff and alumni to network, to access career opportunities and to support UCD in the UK.
UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards – 14 November 2014
On Friday 14 November 2014, 450 of UCD’s most distinguished alumni, supporters and staff attended a gala evening to launch the UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards in O’Reilly Hall. The black-tie ceremony and banquet celebrated the founding of the University and the achievements of 13 of our most distinguished alumni. Mr Pat Kenny, BE 1969, hosted the inaugural awards.
Launch of UCD Global Centre, South-East Asia – October 2014
In October 2014, the UCD South-East Asia Global Centre was launched by UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks. Based in Kuala Lumpur, the Global Centre will greatly enhance UCD’s valuable existing relationships with high schools, partner institutions, agents, students and parents and contribute greatly to expanding new links and relationships in the region. It will also provide a base for the development of a network of productive and sustainable partnerships, along with increasing awareness of the opportunities that UCD can offer in the South-East Asia region. President Deeks welcomed Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. Declan Kelly along with Irish Ambassadors across the Asia-Pacific region, Embassy and Government Officials, representatives of partner institutions, UCD students, alumni and friends.
BCL Milestone Reunion – Classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004 – October 2014
UCD Alumni Relations and UCD Sutherland School of Law were delighted to welcome the members of milestone classes back to the UCD Sutherland School of Law to reconnect and celebrate their respective anniversaries of graduation from UCD.
UCD Dean of Law Professor Joseph McMahon welcomed the attendees. Class representatives Judge Patrick Mahon (BCL 1064) and Professor Paul McDermott (BCL 1994) spoke of their experiences studying Law in UCD. The evening consisted of a drinks reception in the atrium of UCD Sutherland School of Law, tours of the buildings and the party continued into the wee hours in the Clubhouse Bar on campus.
UCD Diamond Jubilee – Class of ’54 – September 2014
UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome the Class of ’54 to Belfield to reconnect and celebrate the 60th anniversary of graduation from UCD.
UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks welcomed the class, Elizabeth Dunne, Building Planning Manger presented on the campus developments over the decades and current BA student Matthew O’Grady Farrelly spoke of his experiences as a student in receipt of a scholarship. The day ended with Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory of O’Reilly Hall.
UCD Woodland Walkies – September 2014
The sun shone brightly for the first ever UCD Woodland Walkies which combined the ever-popular Woodland Walks event with our growing love of our pets. UCD Alumni Relations worked closely with UCD Veterinary Medicine to provide a dog-walking and awareness-raising event on UCD campus. Over 500 alumni and friends turned up with their canine pals to take part in the day which offered advice on petcare from Hill’s Pet and MSD, as well as guided walks around the UCD campus from our environmental experts. All of our attendees went home with a smile and a goodie bag provided by our sponsors, Hill’s Pet and MSD. We look forward to seeing you next year for the event. Let’s hope the sun shines as bright!
UCD Golden Jubilee – Class of ’64 – September 2014
UCD Alumni Relations warmly welcomed the Class of ’64 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden Jubilee and a reconnection with classmates after 50 years.
UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks welcomed the class and called on Judge Patrick McMahon (BCL ’64) to speak on behalf of the class. Judge McMahon welcomed Prof Deeks as the new President of UCD and wished him well for his 10-year tenure on behalf of all gathered. He also recalled his student days with great humour, the many societies and dances, Paddy Keogh the Porter and the great camaraderie from those student days
UCD Bloomsday Conversation – June 2014
UCD Alumni Relations were honoured to welcome Dr Mary McAleese and Prof Conor Gearty to Campus for a special Bloomsday Conversation.
Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal; and Chief Justice, The Hon Ms Justice Susan Denham; Director General of FLAC, Justice, Ms Noeline Blackwell; European Ombudsman, Ms Emily O’Reilly; and Professor of Human Rights at LSE, Professor Conor Gearty were awarded UCD Honorary Degrees of Doctors of Laws at a ceremony earlier on Bloomsday.
UCD Ruby Jubilee – Class of ’74 – June 2014
The UCD Class of ’74 celebrated their Ruby Jubilee in UCD on Friday 13th June. Ms Áine Gibbons, Vice-President for Development & Alumni Relations welcomed the class back to UCD. The evening started with a presentation on campus developments followed by a short bus tour of the campus with the help of some of our wonderful Student Ambassadors. Wine and canapés ended the evening.
Science 50 Event – June 7th 2014
Celebrating 50 years of Science on Belfield Campus, Science 50 invited our science alumni, with their families, back to meet former lecturers, tour the new UCD O’Brien Centre for Science and experience the recent developments in UCD Science. We welcomed over 700 people to Science 50 in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science on Saturday the 7th of June. The crowd, aged between zero and 82 were entertained with showcase activities such as a chemical garden, an LED Suit and testing the DNA in bananas. The Fireside Chat, a conversation led by former staff and students about UCD Science in 1964, was very popular.
10, 20 & 30 Year Reunions – April 2014
UCD Alumni Relations welcomed classes of ’04, ’94 & ’84 to the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in Belfield to celebrate their reunion. UCD Registrar, Prof Mark Rogers, warmly welcome the classes and Elizabeth Dunne, UCD Building Planning Manager, and UCD engineering graduate presented the audience with the campus developments over the decades. The evening finished with wine and canapés and the party continued for some in the newly opened Clubhouse Bar in the Student Centre.
Reunions in the Sutherland School of Law – April 2014
BCL and BBL Classes who graduated in 1989, 1999 and 2009 came back to Belfield over 3 evenings in April to reconnect with old classmates and to visit the new UCD Sutherland School of Law. Along with a drinks and canapés reception, the classes heard from Dean of Law Colin Scott, current students in Lawsoc and Student Legal Services, and Access Scholar Glenn Lynch who is studying Law with History. The evening was finished off with a student-led tour of the building. The Moot Court proved to be the most popular attraction in the building for the class of 198. The class of 1999 were keen to see the Rossa Fanning room. The highlight of the class from 2009 was the trip down memory lane from classmate Eoin Martin.
UCD Choral Scholars – A Choral Celebration of Christmas – December 2013
UCD Choral Scholars performed with the performing-arts scholars of the UCD Ad Astra Academy and the Irish Chamber Ensemble Brass. The concerts took place over three consecutive nights in Newman University Church with a mulled wine reception in Newman House beforehand. These concerts incorporated traditional church music and popular Christmas favourites beautifully in their celebration of Christmas.
UCD Foundation Day Dinner November 2013
The 10th UCD Foundation Day Dinner hosted over 400 donors, friends and staff of UCD on Friday November 15th in O’Reilly Hall. The Foundation Day Medal was awarded to Dr David O’Reilly BE 1968. David is a UCD Engineering graduate who rose to the very top of one of the most competitive industries in the world as Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation. He currently chairs UCD’s Energy Advisory Board. Previous medallists, Micheail Ó Muircheartaigh, Dr Pearse Lyons and Dr Peter Sutherland attended the dinner and contributed to the proceedings. Previous medallist Bill Whelan and Professor Frank McGuinness composed and wrote a piece of music called Sun and Moon and Stars, Ad Astra for Hugh. The piece was performed on the night by the UCD Choral Scholars and the UCD Ad Astra Ensemble.
Golden Jubilee – Class of ’63 – September 2013
UCD Alumni Relations welcomed the Class of ’63 to Belfield in September for a celebration of their Golden Jubilee and to reconnect with classmates after 50 years.
The Hon. Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe, BCL ’63, the speaker for the class, recalled his student days in Earlsfort Terrace with great humour, the L&H, the Library and also the Turning of the Sod in Belfield in 1962 which he attended as a member of the Student Representative Coucil.
Woodland Walks Festival – September 2013
Over 250 people arrived to UCD on a blustery and wet Sunday to enjoy the Woodland Walks Festival. Families, walking enthusiasts and culture vultures were all entertained as UCD Alumnus Duncan Stewart led them on a day of activities to celebrate the 9 hectares of campus woodland which is available for all to enjoy. Duncan led a walk along the longest trail, the boundary walk, 6.2km. Alumni were able to avail of shorter nature trails, the Historic Houses and Sculpture trail, the Enchanted Forest Experience and the Mesolithic House too. The Enchanted Forest Experience was particularly popular with the little ones! We encourage all of our alumni to reconnect with their campus and take pleasure in the 8km of Woodland Walking trails on UCD campus.
Characters in Conversation – Rhona Mahony and Olivia O’Leary – June 2013
Medical alumna Rhona Mahony and Arts alumna Olivia O’Leary entertained an audience of alumni and friends who gathered to hear their frank and informative discussion in the Clinton Auditorium in UCD. Both discussed their backgrounds and memories of school days with Rhona speaking on current issues and the life of a Master of the National Maternity Hospital.
Ruby Jubilee – UCD Class of ’73 – June 2013
The Class of ’73 celebrated their Ruby Jubilee in UCD on Friday 21st June. Prof Mark Rogers, Deputy President welcomed the class back to UCD. The evening started with a presentation on campus developments followed by a short tour of the campus. Wine and canapés ended the evening and Prof Tom Brazil, Head of UCD Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering and also a BE alumnus from the Class of 1973, spoke on behalf of the Class evoking fond memories of student days and comparing their times as students to the life of a student now!
Bloomsday 2013 – Characters in Conversation – June 2013
UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome Prof Frank McGuinness, Sinéad Cusack & Patrick Mason for a very special Bloomsday Characters in Conversation event.
Sinéad Cusack, Patrick Mason, Conor McPherson and Bob Crowley were awarded honorary doctorates from UCD earlier in the day and Tom Murphy was honoured with the Ulysses Medal. Full details of the honorary conferring here.
UCD Diamond Jubilee – Classes of ’43-’53 – May 2013
UCD Alumni Relations welcomed the Classes of ’43 – ’53 to O’Reilly Hall for their Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Denis Cotter BA represented the Class of ’43 and he was among 180 alumni & guests in attendance. Mr Justice Ronan Keane BA ’53 gave an address on behalf of the classes gathered.
Life Stories in the Period Houses – Senator Feargal Quinn – April 2013
Newman House was the setting for Life Stories, with UCD Alumnus Senator Feargal Quinn (BComm ’59), which gave guests a truly entertaining and personal insight into Senator Quinn’s early years gowing up on the northside of Dublin, student days, the retailing business and the Seanad. Ruth Ferguson, Curator of Newman House introduced us to Newman House and the history.
UCD Choral Scholars – Christmas Concerts – December 2012
UCD Choral Scholars were joined this year by performing-arts scholars of the UCD Ad Astra Academy, as solo artists and ensemble musicians. The concerts were held over three nights in Newman University Church with a mulled wine reception beforehand in Newman House. The concerts celebrated Christmas in many different musical styles, from the oldest music of the church to timeless Christmas classics in contemporary settings.
UCD Foundation Day Dinner – November 2012
The 2012 Foundation Day Medal recipient is businessman and acclaimed international, serial entrepreneur, UCD Alumnus Dr George Moore BComm ’72 MBS ’73. George is one of UCD’s most successful, distinguished, visionary and generous alumni.
UCD Golden Jubilee – Class of ’62 – September 2012
UCD Alumni Relations welcomed the Class of ’62 to Belfield on a sunny day in September to celebrate their Golden Jubilee and reconnect with classmates after 50 years.
The Hon. Mr Justice Niall Fennelly, BA ’62, spoke on behalf of the class, recalling with fondness his student days in Earlsfort Terrace.
UCD Woodland Walk – September 2012
RTÉ presenter, John Murray re-joined us this year for the 2nd annual UCD Woodland Walks. UCD Student Ambassadors guided alumni, family and friends along the various routes of woodland walks on the Belfield campus. Thanks to Ballygowan our water sponsors for the event.
UCD Sport & Fitness – Alumni Open Day – June 2012
UCD Alumni Relations welcomed back over 800 alumni, friends and families to the Open Day at the new Student Centre which houses UCD Sport & Fitness – Olympic-size pool, state of the art gym – and also a debating chamber, cinema, drama theatre and much more. These fabulous facilities were showcased with the help of UCD Student Ambassadors who engaged alumni with tours of the facilities and offered an insight into all activities that will be available for the current students when the Centre officially opens.
Ruby Jubilee – UCD Class of ’72 – June 2012
The Class of ’72 celebrated their Ruby Jubilee in UCD on Friday 22nd June. UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady welcomed the class back to UCD – the evening started with a presentation on campus developments followed by a short tour of the campus including the newly opened UCD Student Centre which houses the Olympic-size pool, debating chamber, drama theatre and much more. Wine and canapés ended the evening and a thoroughly entertaining speech from Judge Adrian Hardiman BA ’72 recollecting his student days in UCD.
Bloomsday 2012 – Characters in Conversation – June 2012
Brenda Fricker joined UCD alumni Jim Sheridan (BA ’72) and Ryan Tubridy (BA ’94) for a very special Characters in Conversation on Bloomsday. This wonderfully entertaining event was followed by a student performance of Joyce’s Two Gallants by UCD Ad Astra Scholars & UCD Drama Society.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Sheridan, Brenda Fricker, Joan Bergin and Laura Mulvey were awarded honorary doctorates from UCD earlier on Bloomsday and UCD alumnus, Dr Tony Scott was honoured with the Ulysses Medal.
Life Stories in the Period Houses – John Teeling – May 2012
Ardmore House was the setting for Life Stories, with UCD Alumnus John Teeling (BComm ’66 MEconSc ’67), which gave guests a personal insight into John’s early years gowing up on the northside of Dublin, student days and lecturing in UCD, resource companies and Cooley. John Cashman, Global Brand Ambassador, Cooley Distillery led the tutored whiskey tasting and Ruth Ferguson, Curator of Newman House introduced us to Ardmore House and the history.
UCD Choral Scholars – Christmas Concerts – December 2011
UCD Choral Scholars were joined this year by Denise Kelly on harp and the wind quintet Gael Winds. A sell-out success for both evenings. Guests enjoyed a mulled wine reception in Newman House prior to the concert next door in Newman University Church. Click here (youtube) for their encore at the final performance.
UCD Foundation Day Dinner – November 2011
Bill Whelan BCL ’73 awarded UCD Foundation Day Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements and his contribution to Irish music worldwide.
Bill Whelan has been at the centre of Irish musical life for over thirty years and is best known for composing the original seven minute orchestral piece for Riverdance.
UCD Woodland Walks – September 2011
Over 500 alumni, family and friends gathered in O’Reilly Hall for the launch of the UCD Woodland Walks. RTÉ presenter and walking enthusiast, John Murray introduced the walks and wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna delivered a presentation on the flora and fauna along the walks. Thanks to Ballygowan our water sponsors for the event.
UCD Golden Jubilee – Class of ’61 – September 2011
The Class of ’61 celebrated their Golden Jubilee on Friday 23rd September in O’Reilly Hall, UCD. Desmond Green, BE ’61, spoke on behalf of the class.
UCD Ruby Jubilee – Class of ’71 – June 2011
The Class of ’71 arrived in UCD on Friday 24th June to celebrate their Ruby Jubilee. The class enjoyed a tour of the campus and a presentation in the Clinton Auditorium, followed by a reception. Sean Finlay BSc ’71 was the guest speaker on the evening.
Characters in Conversation – April 2011
Dermot Weld & Tracy Piggott
Dermot Weld (MVB ’70) and Tracy Piggott drew a crowd at the UCD Alumni Relations event ‘Characters in Conversation’. The conversation centered around Dermot’s time in UCD and of course the racing industry.
UCD Sigerson Centenary Dinner – March 2011
UCD Sigerson Centenary Dinner in association with Ulster Bank and the GAA, took place in O’Reilly Hall and honoured the Sigerson Cup Team of the Century.
Characters in Conversation – February 2011
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh (BA ’52 HDipEd’53 DPA ’56 BComm ’60) & Colm O’Rourke (BA ’78 HDipEd ’79) entertained a sell-out crowd in UCD with talk of the 50s, 70s and all things GAA.
Choral Scholars Christmas concert – December 2010
UCD Choral Scholars accompanied by the Earley Musicke Ensemble delighted the audience on 21st December with their performance of ‘A Choral Celebration of Christmas’.
Characters in Conversation – November 2010
Gerard Stembridge (BA ’79 MA ’80 HDipEd ’81) & Myles Dungan (BA ’74 HDipEd ’75 MA ’77) entertained the alumni audience with reminiscenses about the 70s in Belfield.
House of Commons Reception – October 2010
Demand for an annual alumni event in the UK was well and truly established at the House of Commons 2010 reception hosted by Alasdair McDonnell MP.
Characters in Conversation – September 2010
Peter Sutherland (BCL ’67) and Rory Egan kick-started the first in our second series of ‘Characters in Conversation’.