The Choral Scholars – New Album Launch

The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study.
Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin.
The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne.
You can purchase the album, Be All Merry, by clicking here.

UCD Connections 2020 is here!

Your chance to get a printed copy of UCD Connections 2020!

For those alumni based in Ireland, our annual UCD alumni magazine will be available with The Irish Times on Friday, 11th September and with the Sunday Business Post on Sunday, 13th September 2020.

As there will be a reduced amount of printed copies this year, please do pick up a copy.

For alumni abroad, our updated UCD Connections website ( will be live on the morning of Friday 11 September, when you can read the articles online.

UCD Together

Over the past few months, we have been delighted to bring you stories from our alumni across the globe. Little snippets and insights into how our UCD community were adjusting to life in lockdown. It was so wonderful to hear from you at a time when so many things were uncertain – and of course still are.

As most of us move into a new phase of adjustment and begin to embrace our lives and routines again we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our alumni who contributed. Our hearts were warmed and our connection was strengthened.

All of the stories that were shared can be found here.

UCD Alumna Hazel Chu elected Lord Mayor of Dublin


UCD alumna and Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Ms Chu studied history and politics at UCD before going on to train as a Barrister at the King’s Inn. She later completed a Masters in Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit.

Speaking after her election, Ms Chu said she would use the position to have “an open and frank conversation on the topic of racism and gender inequality.”

We wish Ms Chu every success in the role.


Read our exclusive interview with Hazel Chu in the recently released UCD Connections 2020.


UCD alumni celebrate Grafton Architects at their Royal Gold Medal Lecture

Dublin-based Grafton Architects, co-founded by UCD alumni Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was named the 2020 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. This follows the award of the medal to UCD alumni and Professors (Emeritus) Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey in 2015.

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, the evening before the medal presentation, Shelley and Yvonne delivered a public lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects to mark the occasion. Hugh Campbell, Dean of Architecture at the UCD School of Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Policy, was asked to provide an introduction and moderate the post-lecture audience Q&A session.

UCD was able to secure a block of seats at the event, and 70 UCD alumni were in attendance to celebrate the achievements of Yvonne, Shelley, and the numerous alumni who have contributed to the work of Grafton Architects since its establishment in 1978.

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Academics from School of Biosystems and Food ranked among world’s most influential scientists 

Two UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering academics are ranked in the top 1% of the world’s most cited researchers, according to the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018, compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

Head of School, Prof. Colm O’Donnell is also an alumnus and this is the fourth time that he has appeared on this prestigious list. Now in its fifth year, the ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ listing identifies influential researchers who are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

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I-Form researchers win top prize in international 3D printing competition

A team of Irish researchers has won first prize in a global competition for industrial 3D printing. The team – comprising UCD-based researchers in I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing – scooped a prize worth USD10,000 for their project: the design and print of a disposable 3D printed reactor. The polymer reactor can be used to controllably mix chemical precursors used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical agents.

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Chemical Engineering Alumnus, Sir Ciarán Devane appointed Chairperson of HSE Board

University College Dublin graduate and former charity chief Sir Ciarán Devane has been appointed the new Chairperson of the HSE Board.

The Biochemical Engineering alumnus was selected for the role following a public appointments service campaign to identify potential candidates.

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Prof Eoin Casey wins SFI Entrepreneurship Award

The winners of the prestigious 2018 Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed at the annual SFI Science Summit on November 12th. Joined by over 350 leading members of the Irish research community, Science Foundation Ireland is celebrating their researchers’ contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Continue reading “Prof Eoin Casey wins SFI Entrepreneurship Award”

Electrical Engineering graduate helping to shape the future of oil giant BP

BERNARD Looney grew up on a farm in Ashgrove, near Kenmare in Co Kerry. Today, the 48-year-old UCD engineering graduate is based in London and spends about half his time travelling the globe for the world’s sixth-largest energy company, BP. As CEO of its Upstream division, which finds and produces oil and gas, he’s in charge of 18,000 people – just under a fifth of the entire workforce. Operating in 29 countries, his division spends €7bn to €8bn a year to run it, investing €11bn to €12bn on top of that.

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