Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Mentoring events, Reunions, Choral Scholars or Symphony Orchestra performances, Spoken Word events, Alumni Awards and the UCD Festival, 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.
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!
UCD Sutherland School of Law Professors discuss their recent publications at MoLI
On Wednesday November 13 2019, members of the UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group, friends and academics gathered in Newman House to celebrate the publication of two books by Professors at UCD Sutherland School of Law.
Professor Colin Scott, Dean of Social Sciences and Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion acted as MC on the evening for the discussion between Professor Gavin Barrett, Head of Teaching and Learning at UCD Sutherland School of Law and Professor Imelda Maher, Head of Sutherland School of Law and Dean of Law, on the topic of parliaments and the EU.
UCD alumnus and former government minister Ruairí Quinn joined the panel as a discussant and provided valuable commentary on the wider context of Europe as a political entity. A lively discussion followed, joined by members of the audience.
The session was followed by refreshments and a private tour of the exhibition space in the Museum of Literature, Ireland.
UCD Alumni BP Panel Discussion London | November 2019
We were delighted to welcome London-based alumni to the BP HQ in St. James’s Square, London for a panel discussion on the topic of “Advancing the Energy Transition”. The evening was graciously hosted by BP Upstream CEO and UCD engineering alumnus Bernard Looney. The panel discussion was chaired by the UCD Dean of Engineering, Professor Aoife Ahern, who was joined by academic and UCD Energy Institute representative, Dr Eoin Syron and BP VP, Long-Term Strategy, Dominic Emery. It was a lively and informative session with guests enjoying canapes and networking following the discussion.
Golden and Diamond Jubilee Reunion
The classes of 1959 and 1969 celebrated their 50th and 60th anniversary at a reunion lunch on Friday, 20 September 2019 in O’Reilly Hall, Belfield. The reunion was hosted by the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks.
UCD Alumni Event Melbourne
Melbourne Chapter Representatives Sean McKeon and Shane Kilcullen joined UCD alumni based in Melbourne for an informal gathering at The Celtic Club in North Melbourne on Friday, 30 August 2019. Live Irish traditional music was performed in the background, while alumni mingled freely in a venue with great history being Australia’s first Irish club.
UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats Event
UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats, an event to celebrate veterinary graduates’ sporting achievements, took place in Astra Hall in UCD on Friday, 19 July. The Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Michael Doherty, and colleagues from across the UCD Community were joined by a host of veterinary sporting stars. The event was hosted by RTÉ’s Evanne Ni Chuilinn.
UCD Alumni Reception Beijing 2019
We were delighted to welcome a packed room to the elegant Kempinksi Hotel in Chaoyang, Beijing for an alumni reception on July 06. The event was hosted by UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and attended by H.E. Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland. The evening was chaired by Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement, Professor Paul Fanning, who was joined by Director of UCD Global, Dr Douglas Proctor for a Q&A session. The Q&A panel featured Beijing-Dublin International College Assistant Professor, Zuzanna Studnika and UCD alumna, Yitong Li. Guests enjoyed food inspired by local cuisine whilst chatting and mingling.
UCD Global Festival 2019
This summer we were thrilled to hold seven global events to mark the 4th UCD Festival. These events demonstrate our growing global connections and the development of our international alumni chapters. From an iftar gathering in the Middle East to a Trivia Night in Boston, the events were as diverse as our chapters and their locations. We look forward to the scope of the celebrations expanding even further next year. If you are based overseas, check our website to see if we have a chapter in your location.
UCD School of History Alumni Evening 2019
Professor Robert Gerwarth, Head of School of History, welcomed Dee Forbes, Director General RTÉ, to speak to fellow alumni at an alumni evening on 21 May 2019. The event, which was hosted in the School of History, gave alumni the opportunity meet for a convivial occasion and to hear from a fellow graduate about her experience in UCD and her subsequent career.
UCD School of Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019
The UCD Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019 took place on Friday, 17 May 2019 in the O’Reilly Hall, featuring the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2018. The graduates of the Class of 2018 were invited as part of the Medical Graduate Association’s graduate mentoring initiative. The reunion gala dinner followed the Alumni Symposium which took place earlier in the day.
UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Alumni Reception 2019
The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics brought together past alumni and current staff for a casual evening of talks and discussions in the Newman Building. Emeritus staff Jean Michel-Picard and Vĕra Cápková addressed the gathered alumni and there was a roundtable discussion with graduates Nicholas Twist, Niamh O’Connell, Seán O’Keeffe and Deirdre Hanley. This was followed by a food and wine reception.
UCD Classical Society Inaugural Lecture 2019
The UCD Classical Society held their inaugural lecture on Thursday 25 April 2019 in the FitzGerald Chamber in the UCD Student Centre. A large crowd of students, alumni, and friends gathered to enjoy a wonderful lecture entitled “Arcana imperii: soft power and the secrets of the Augustan Revolution” given by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill from the University of Cambridge. The evening was rounded off with a post-lecture reception in the Student Centre.
Frank McGuinness Symposium April 2019
Irish playwright Professor Frank McGuinness was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honour the University can bestow on 24 April 2019. In recognition of his immense contribution to education and Irish literature, the Donegal native received the honour at a special ceremony marking his retirement from the UCD School of English, Drama and Film.
UCD Alumni Reception, Embassy of Ireland, Brussels, March 2019
An alumni reception took place in the Embassy of Ireland, Brussels to mark the annual SPIRe Postgraduate Student Field Trip to the European Institutions. The event was hosted by H.E. Ms Helena Nolan, Ambassador of Ireland and Professor Colin Scott, UCD Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion attended and addressed the crowd. The eventing also included a speech from UCD Brussels based alumna Maeve Doran Schiratti.
UCD Alumni Reception – Carnegie Hall, NYC, March 2019
The President of University College Dublin, Professor Andrew J Deeks was delighted to welcome so many alumni, friends and corporate partners to the beautiful Weill Terrace Room in Carnegie Hall, New York on March 15th for a pre-concert reception.
The reception celebrated the inaugural performance of theChoral Scholarsin Carnegie Hall and also gave us the opportunity to invite New York-based renowned architect Steven Holl, of Steven Holl Architects to lead us through his ambitious plans for the Future Campus project and the new UCD Centre for Creativity.
College Principal, Professor Sarah Prescott ended the evening showcasing current creativity in the UCD College of Arts & Humanities.
UCD Graduate Study Fair – O’Reilly Hall, February 2019
UCD held a Graduate Study Fair in the O’Reilly Hall on 20 February 2019 for prospective postgraduate students to find about graduate study in UCD. Staff from Registry, the Graduate Study Office and UCD’s colleges and schools were joined by 5 alumni who had undertaken postgraduate study at UCD and discussed their programmes and career journeys to date.
UCD Alumni Reception Dubai, UAE
We were delighted to welcome back our Dubai based alumni to an alumni Reception at the Irish owned Bonnington Hotel in Dubai on January 24. The reception date coincided with the launch of the UCD Global Centre in Dubai, by Ambassador Aidan Cronin.
Ambassador Cronin also attended the evening reception where he greeted UCD graduates and friends based in the UAE. He spoke about the importance of graduates of all Irish universities connecting overseas and how we are all ambassadors for our country.
The evening also featured an address given by UCD Vice-President for Global Engagement Dolores O’Riordan and a Q&A with Commerce graduate, Aisling McVeigh. Aisling happily discussed her career as a Riverdance dancer and is now Marriott Hotel Group Senior Manager for Luxury Brand Marketing. We look forward to more events later in the year.
UCD Alumni Reception, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia based alumni were delighted to attend a reception hosted by Ambassador Gerard McCoy at the Embassy of Ireland in Riyadh on Tuesday, January 22. UCD Vice- President for Global Engagement addressed the room, giving updates on campus changes and developments and introducing the UCD highlights video for 17/18.
This was followed by a Q&A with alumna, Dr Paula Kenny, Associate Professor of Law at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University. Following the Q&A, guests were invited to network and mingle with the speakers and catch up with former classmates. A wonderful evening was had by all.
UCD Career Mentoring 2018/19
Now in its 5th year, this year’s UCD Career Mentoring programme matched over 180 second year undergraduate students from the UCD College of Arts and Humanities, the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and the UCD College of Science (Chemistry) with alumni volunteer mentors. Through this programme, mentors will share their professional experience to help develop students’ understanding of the workplace, enhance their employability skills and add positively to their experience as students. Alongside representatives from UCD Alumni Relations, UCD Career Development, and participating UCD Colleges and Schools, alumni and students attend the launch event on Thursday, 24 January 2019 where they took part in training and met each other for the first time.
UCD Alumni Reception Copenhagen
UCD alumni gathered in the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen in January, very kindly hosted by Ambassador Cliona Manahan. Prof Paul Fanning, Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement welcomed alumni, introduced the UCD highlights video and facilitated an ‘in conversation’ with two alumni living and working in Copenhagen – Rory Byrne and Fergus Murphy. Thank you to everyone who came out to meet us and we look forward to lots more engagement with our alumni in Denmark.
UCD Alumni Reception China
A great evening was had at the Westin Chaoyang, Beijing where UCD alumni gathered to attend a panel discussion on “Sustainable Food Production”. It was an informative and engaging discussion. The panel was chaired by UCD’s Vice-President for Global Engagement, Dolores O’ Riordan and speakers included members of the Agrocycle Project, Dr. Tom Curran, Director of the MSc Environmental Technology degree programme at University College Dublin; Professor Shane Ward from UCD’s School of Biosystems & Food engineering; Manor Farm’s Justin Carton and UCD Alum and Maynooth University lecturer Maire Nic An Bhaird
UCD Alumni Reception and DGA Award Presentation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We were delighted to welcome our Malaysia based alumni on November 11 to see Professor Datin Dr Norlinah Mohamed, UCD graduate, senior consultant neurologist receive the UCD Distinguished Graduate Award 2018 from University President Professor Andrew Deeks in the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.
The award was presented in association with University College Dublin’s Medical Graduates Association. This prestigious award is awarded to outstanding graduates of the UCD School of Medicine, who are nominated in recognition of their lifelong achievements to medical education, research and clinical practice.
In conjunction with the award presentation a medical symposium was also held where Dr Norlinah Mohamed delivered the keynote address. This was followed by an Alumni Reception attended by University President, Professor Deeks.
UCD Alumni Reception the Harvard Club Boston, Massachusetts
A wonderful and enthusiastic group of alumni gathered in the Harvard Blub of Boston on the evening of November 28 to see former US Ambassador to the UN and Harvard Professor, Samantha Power and her husband, Professor Cass Sunstein in conversation with Professor Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute. The event was Chaired by UCD’s Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Colin Scott.
Following the lively conversation and some excellent questions to the panel, guests were invited to a reception where they caught up with former classmates and mingled with the speakers.
UCD Alumni Engineering Milestone Reunions
Prof David FitzPatrick, Prof Eoin Casey, Prof David Timoney and Prof William O’Connor were delighted to welcome back the Engineering Classes of 1973/1978/1983/1988/1993/1998/
UCD Arts and Humanities Lecture 2018
The Annual UCD College of Arts and Humanities Lecture, “Inscribing a Modern World: Constitutions Across Histories and Literatures”, was given by one of the world’s most eminent historians, Professor Linda Colley, Professor of History, Princeton University on 1 November 2018 and attended by students, staff and alumni.
UCD Alumni Law Milestone Reunions
Professor Imelda Maher, Dean UCD Sutherland School of Law, was delighted to welcome so many of the classes of 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008 back for their Law Milestone Reunion which took place on Friday 19 October 2018. A great night of reminiscing and catching up was had by all!
UCD Alumni Medicine Milestone Reunions
The School was delighted to welcome back our alumni to the 2018 UCD Medical Graduates Association Alumni Reunion which took place on Friday, 11th May 2018. Now firmly established as a key highlight of the School calendar, this event was attended by graduates from the Medicine Classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2008 and 2017.
UCD Alumni Event Sydney
A wonderful crowd gathered down under for the inaugural UCD Chapter Alumni event in Sydney, where the Chapter Charter was launched.
The evening featured an impressive panel discussion on ‘Disruption in Financial Services, moderated by the very talented Paul Colgan, Editor-in-Chief Business Insider.
The expert speakers on the panel gave insights into the hype vs the reality of AI, open banking, data privacy and the future for fintechs. Based on the event’s success there will be similar events in 2019.
UCD Golden and Diamond Jubilee
September 21 saw the return of the classes of 1968 and 1958, who joined us for a wonderful afternoon of reuniting with old friends in the beautifully contemporary O’Reilly Hall on UCD Belfield Campus.
The welcome address was given by President Andrew J Deeks before lunch was served in the main hall, followed by further speeches and the presentation of a specially commissioned UCD pin presented by the hosts of each table.
Class photos were then taken before a tour of the modern campus took place to see how much student life has transformed today.
UCD Physics 54 event
July 5 saw the return of the annual Physics event with over 120 alumni, staff, students and friends joining us for what proved to be a wonderful evening of topical physics talks in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science followed by our alumni reception in the UCD School of Physics Common Room and old first year lab.
We were delighted to welcome two incredible speakers to this year’s event – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford who has been credited with one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th Century- introduced the audience to pulsars with Stars, cars or watches? Dame Bell Burnell was later joined by Professor Brendan McClean, Director of Physics at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, who discussed the Evolution of Radiation Physics in Medicine.
On a very sunny Saturday 9 June the UCD Festival returned for the third time with a free day of discovery for the curious of all ages. Over 16,000 people visited the UCD campus for the biggest UCD Festival yet, which is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular fixtures on the summer family festival calendar.
Festival goers were invited to open their minds and let loose their imaginations as they explored a taste of the innovation, creativity and research that takes place on UCD campus every day with a host of high octane activities for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees were greeted with a jam-packed schedule of fun and interactive events, with six festival zones and over 100 free events to enjoy. This year’s festival was kindly sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council, AIB and UCD Sport and Fitness.
We look forward to welcoming you to the next UCD Festival.
UCD School of Computer Science Inaugural Lecture
We were delighted to welcome so many of our alumni back to campus on Thursday 12 April for our first lecture in the new UCD School of Computer Science Alumni Lecture Series in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. Our three speakers – Siobhan Grayson, Professor Padraig Cunningham and Associate Professor Brian MacNamee – had the audience captivated for what proved to be an energetic and engaging session across three diverse topics.
Roy Foster Lecture: Celebrating 50 Years of Anglo-Irish Literature in UCD
A fantastic crowd gathered for Professor Augustine Martin’s Memorial Lecture on Thursday evening. The stimulating and inspiring lecture by Professor Roy Foster on topic of ‘All the House I Have: Yeats and Friendship’ focusing on W.B. Yeats and Friendship was given to a full house at FitzGerald Debating Chamber, UCD Student Centre. Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of UCD’s Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama programme gave introductory remarks and Dr Joe Hassett, UCD alumnus, accomplished lawyer and Yeats scholar responded to the lecture. The event also marked the 50th Anniversary celebration of Anglo-Irish Literature at UCD; a wonderful day for the Martin family, friends and UCD faculty, staff, students and alumni.
UCD Classical Society Inaugural Lecture 2018
On Thursday, April 19 the UCD Classical Society held their inaugural lecture in the familiar surrounds of Theatre P in the Newman Building. Those in attendance were captivated by Professor Paul Cartledge’s lecture entitled “Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Sparta: an Other View?”. After the lecture guests were invited to a reception in the UCD Common Room. This event was the highest attended UCD Classical Society lecture for more than 15 years and it was wonderful to see so many alumni from a multitude of studies enjoy the evening.
2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars present Sky’s the Limit
On Friday, April 6 the 2018 UCD Intel Masters Scholars in Engineering and Science presented Sky’s the Limit in UCD O’Brien Centre for Science. The event brought together great minds from Intel and UCD alike for a panel discussion spanning everything from Intel’s pioneering research, cutting edge technology and robotics for an audience of students in the worlds of Science, Engineering and Technology. The day was a soaring success and culminated with Intel Movidius Research Engineer Sam Caulfield and drone pilot PhD student Evan O’Keefe hosting UCD’s first ever drone showcase.
UCD Dramsoc Reunion Dinner
On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, UCD Dramsoc hosted their Reunion Dinner in Astra Hall. The event saw current members and alumni celebrate UCD Dramsoc’s 91 year history. In addition to extracts from past shows being performed on the night, guests were entertained with speaking notes from Willie White and Catriona Ennis as well as an In Conversation piece with Camille O’Sullivan.
UCD Brussels Alumni Reception 2018
A great evening was had at the Embassy of Ireland, Brussels for the UCD School of Law and UCD Alumni joint annual reception. The event took place on Thursday 22 March. Thanks to H.E. Ambassador Nolan for hosting a very enjoyable event. We look forward to more events in 2018 with our Brussels Chapter!
UCD Women in Leadership 2018
On Thursday, February 8 2018, UCD hosted the third Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference. The conference brought over 620 alumni, students and professionals together in O’Reilly Hall, to a day of panel talks and keynote discussions, given by influential alumni and friends of UCD. Keynote addresses were given by Anne Anderson, former US Ambassador, Breege O’Donoghue, Former Board Member of Primark and Mark Fenton of MASF consulting. Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law, gave the opening address. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Women in Leadership Conference.
UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group Launch
UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghail TD and Senator Joe O’Reilly were delighted to launch our UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group in Leinster House. This event saw Ministers, TD’s, Senators, staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas and Members of the Media celebrate their connection to UCD. The event took place on Tuesday 20 February.
UCD Saudi Arabia Alumni Reception
UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and Ambassador Tony Cotter were delighted to welcome our Saudi Arabia based alumni to join them for an evening reception in the Ambassador’s residence in Riyadh. The event took place on Sunday 21st January. You can view all photos from the event by clicking the link below.
UCD Boston Alumni Chapter Event – 8th February 2018
We were delighted to welcome over 70 UCD alumni and friends to join us at the first UCD Boston Alumni Chapter event of 2018, in association with the Irish Network Boston. The event took place on 8th February and was held in The UMass Club. The evening was truly enjoyable with a warm and friendly atmosphere, it consisted of a lively panel discussion on ‘Current Trends in Digital Health – How it will change our lives’ followed by lots of networking and reconnecting. The stellar line-up of panellists included Chris Coburn, Chief Innovative Officer & President of Partners HealthCare International, Jim Joyce, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthBeacon; and Sasha Said, Vice President, Leerink Transformation Partners (LTP). The evening’s discussion was moderated by Mary Codd, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Prof Michael O’Neill, Associate Dean – Director of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School ICON Chair of Business Analytics. You can view all photos from the event by clicking the link below.
UCD Career Mentoring Launch, January 2018
Over 70 UCD students from both the College of Social Sciences and Law, and the College of Arts and Humanities were matched with alumni mentors who have a shared interest in their chosen field for the fourth UCD Career Mentoring programme in 2018.
Alumni and students met for the first time at the opening event in The Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in the UCD Student Centre on January 25th. College Principal, Professor Colin Scott, opened the event and welcomed all attendees. We are very grateful to our alumni mentors who have volunteered their time to support UCD students with their professional expertise.
Experienced mentor Niall O’Flynn spoke to the attendees and gave advice to both mentors and mentees on what to expect from the programme. We wish all of our mentors and students the very best of luck with their partnership.
Choral Celebration of Christmas – UCD Choral Scholars
This December UCD Choral Scholars performed their ‘Choral Celebration of Christmas’ to an audience of over 1,000 UCD alumni, friends and supporters over 3 sell-out festive evenings in Newman University Church. Guest conductor Mark Armstrong directed the performances featuring favourites by composers ranging from Britten to Rutter to Lauridsen, in addition to the world premiere of a new work by Colin Mawby, commissioned by the UCD Choral Scholars with support from The Arts Council.
The choir were joined on each evening by Tristan Russcher on piano, Michael Seaver on clarinet and David Agnew on cor anglais and oboe.
Thank You for coming along to support and Merry Christmas to all.
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’.