Q&Alumni

Kara Kelly | Ireland

Kara Kelly is a Business and Law (BBL) graduate from the Sutherland School of Law.  She has spent over 8 years working in television production and currently works as a Freelance Assistant Producer & Reporter with RTÉ Sport, Ireland’s national broadcaster.   1. What is your fondest memory from your time at UCD?   When I came to UCD to study I had actually never been to the Belfield campus. I had skipped transition year so most of my friends were only going into 6th year, and of the year I had graduated with, there were only three or four of us going to UCD, so to say I was out of my depth was an understatement. I had no idea…

Michael Coleman | Finland

2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Michael Coleman’s graduation from UCD with a BA in History. Michael retired from a successful academic career at The University of Jyväskylä in Finland in 2010. He is the author of the book “American Indians, the Irish, and Government Schooling: A Comparative Study”. He lives in Finland with his wife Sirkka.

Kristof Molnar-Tatai

Kristof Molnar-Tatai arrived as an Erasmus student in autumn 2009. Although he studied Philosophy, he has broken into the tech industry as a coder whilst using his humanities background. You can currently find him at the Hungarian development centre of Oracle. 1. Why did you decide to study abroad and what led you to decide on UCD?  From the beginning of my studies, I planned on participating in the Erasmus Programme and since I was not interested in learning French or German, I decided to check out Ireland and opted for UCD. This proved to be a very good decision, considering the quality of education I received during my time there. 2. What was your UCD experience like – the…

Anne Harris

Anne Harris, née Hennon, was born in Dublin in 1950, educated at Manor House School in Raheny, University College Dublin and Harvard Kennedy School. She worked in a senior position at the European Parliament in Luxembourg for 24 years before returning to Dublin in the late 1990s. She has four sons and four granddaughters who live in Ireland, Luxembourg, the United States and Argentina. She currently lives in France with her husband. 1. Tell us about your time in UCD? I studied Commerce, somewhat by accident. I had enrolled to do a language degree, but found the mix of subjects on offer in the B.Comm – foreign language, law, business administration –  more appealing and switched faculties in my first…

Kristof Molnar-Tatai | Hungary

Kristof Molnar-Tatai arrived as an Erasmus student in autumn 2009. Although he studied Philosophy, he has broken into the tech industry as a coder whilst using his humanities background. You can currently find him at the Hungarian development centre of Oracle.

Anne Harris | France

Anne Harris, née Hennon, was born in Dublin in 1950, educated at Manor House School in Raheny, University College Dublin and Harvard Kennedy School. She worked in a senior position at the European Parliament in Luxembourg for 24 years before returning to Dublin in the late 1990s. She has four sons and four granddaughters who live in Ireland, Luxembourg, the United States and Argentina. She currently lives in France with her husband.

Captain Dick Twomey | Mauritius

Born in Wales to Irish parents, Captain Twomey spent two years in the Royal Air Force before studying Economics at UCD. In this interview, he discusses setting up a small airline in Berlin during the Cold War, challenges facing the aviation industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and why more secondary school students should study STEM subjects.

Lucinda Kelly | Ireland

Bringing together an entrepreneurial spirit, family background in retail and property, and corporate experience in mobile, Lucinda Kelly set up Popertee, an Airbnb-style service that matches vacant commercial spaces with businesses looking for a quick and low cost pop-up retail presence.

Dr Chris Murray | Australia

Dr Chris Murray teaches literature at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is also the author of Crippled Immortals, a book about his experiences studying a Zen martial-arts Masters in Asia. In previous years, Murray was in a rock band that recorded professionally and performed around the world. He has lived in Australia since 2017, having spent a couple of years in Singapore and a decade in the UK.

Dr Julie Morrissy | Ireland

Dr Julie Morrissy is the first person to hold the Newman Fellowship in Creativity at UCD. Julie is based in the UCD School of English, Drama and Film, and originally studied Law as an undergraduate.