Past Events

Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Mentoring eventsReunions, 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.

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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 GoldCoreRob Reid, of FolkloreJules Coleman, of, 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:

Art & Architecture of Ireland – Characters in Conversation

John Kelly RTÉ, joined UCD Alumni Dr Nicola FiggisProf 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.