UCD Golden and Diamond Jubilee 2021

Wish We Were Here

Unfortunately, we had to celebrate the UCD Golden and Diamond Reunions virtually this year. If you missed out on the celebrations you can re-watch the celebratory event here, browse the memories shared with us by your classmates, contribute to your class gift or contact the team for further information (including if you missed out on receiving your commemorative pin and small gift). We hope to welcome you back to campus soon!

Your Class Gift of a UCD Education

To mark the occasion of your Golden and Diamond Jubilee reunions, a class gift has been established to support these disadvantaged students.

 

 

Your class gift will help these students to attain a valuable UCD education and a bright future.

We Need Your Help

Help us to locate some of the alumni from your graduating class for whom we don’t have contact details for via our ‘lost alumni’ lists.

Your Memories

It's time to take a trip down memory lane

Thank you to all those who broke open those old albums, pulled out diaries and shared  memories of UCD. View your memories below.

Your Memories

Social Science Graduation, 1971

“I graduated in June 1971 from Social Science. The attached photo was taken after the July graduation ceremony in Earlsfort Terrace and was published in the Evening Press. Sadly Patricia and Mary have since passed away. I believe Eilish lives near Drogheda. I emigrated to the US in 1987 and live now just outside Seattle, Washington.

Some people in the class were recruited to work in social work jobs in the North and the four of us in the attached photo got jobs together in the Lisburn Social welfare office. The “troubles” had started a year or so earlier and we were quite nervous going up north but a job is a job! We rented a small little house in Portadown. Trisha and I stayed in the “North” for about 10 months before returning to jobs in Dublin. Mary and Eilish stayed up there longer than us.

All seems so very long ago now.”

Eavanne O’Donoghue, 1971

Diary Memory

“Belfield looks enchanting and it is so heartening to think of what it will look like when the buildings are finished and the grass and trees and shrubs begin to grow. They are deeply fortunate to be young in such a place. We should produce good people indeed in future years.”

James Meenan, diary entry from 1970

O’Donoghue’s Coffees

I studied engineering in Merrion Street.  Lectures were for four hours every morning with a 20 minute break for mid morning coffee.  The basement canteen in Merrion Street was too crowded and the queues too long, so a group of us used to rush up the road to have our coffees in O’Donoghue’s, served in Irish coffee style glasses.”

Aidan John Ward, 1971

Memories of UCD from 1971

“I was one of the first two students to boat on the lake – July 1971. We used one of the plastic molds for the walkway roof and used it as a coracle. The other sailor was one Eamonn de Valera – later MD of the Irish Press and also a graduate of the class of 1971. 

 

Personally, UCD was a very formative experience for me. We were given a solid grounding in Science. One of my academic heroes was Father Moore, a Jesuit who could talk as easily about Teilhard de Chardin as he could about the ecology of the boglands in Ireland. He was a man ahead of his times. He had the distinction of having students from other faculties attend his classes. The idea of a University being a place where you could explore faculties other than your own. I returned this academic compliment by joining the Music Society and being part of the UCD Choir. I subsequently took a MusBac in TCD in 1985 – but that’s another story.”

Brian McIvor, 1971

Botany Practicals

“Botany Practicals c. 1968 possibly 1969. including photos of Jim Hoey, and Mike Nowlan BSc 1971.”

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

The Beach Boys

“A picture of the Beach Boys in Concert in Atlantic City in UCD 1969. The 1971 Alumni were among the first J1 students to go to the States. I took this photo during my time off from Horn and Hardart’s – a fast food joint opposite the site of the Steel Pier. One of Donald Trump’s Casinos now occupies that particular piece of real estate.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

Botany Practicals

“Botany Practicals c. 1968 possibly 1969. including photos of Jim Hoey, and Mike Nowlan BSc 1971.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

Visit of King of the Belgians

“The Visit of the King of the Belgians to Belfield 1968. Pictures taken by me on a Zeiss Ikon Netter camera.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

Visit of King of the Belgians

“The Visit of the King of the Belgians to Belfield 1968. Pictures taken by me on a Zeiss Ikon Netter camera.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

“During my time as a BA night student, I became Secretary of the Night Students’ Union.  When a decision was made to cancel BA and B.Comm degrees for night students, we held a mass meeting at Belfield, to which we invited well-known personalities who had earned their degrees as night students. A mass demonstration was then held in front of the Department of Education, protesting such a move.  Here the day students came out in force.  The aforementioned decision was rescinded.

 

I was also the English students’ representative and, in that capacity, sought a meeting with Professor Denis Donoghue as night students of English were unhappy about certain aspects of the course and the fact that we didn’t have seminars or discussion groups or, in some instances, senior lecturers. ( Jeananne Crowley represented the day students.)  If I recall correctly, Professor Donoghue advised that the BA examination structure would be changed in the future.  Inter alia, he mentioned (it was the first time I’d heard a man mention the word “period”) that some women were disadvantaged at examination time if they were suffering from period pain etc.  Soon after, I understand some form of gradual assessment was introduced.  One of our visiting, English, lecturers recommended we read “Lolita”.  The following day there was a headline in a Dublin newspaper to that effect. I recall he also recommended “Laughter:  An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson”. On attempting to borrow it from the Belfield library, the librarian advised she’d have to get permission from the Chief Librarian – or someone with higher status.  I never did manage to borrow it!  Gus Madden was one of my favourite lecturers, while Nuala O Faolain – our very first lecturer – on seeing what seemed like hundreds of us arrive, suggested that most of us should “go home” as the vast majority of us would fail English.  She wasn’t far wrong.”

Marie Therese McMillan (née Murphy), BA 1971, B.Soc.Science 1974

You - Who

Press clippings.

 

Charles McLysaght, BA 1961

You - Who

Press clippings.

 

 

Charles McLysaght, BA 1961

You - Who

Press clippings.

 

 

Charles McLysaght, BA 1961

You - Who

Press clippings.

 

 

Charles McLysaght, BA 1961

UCD Student Card

 

 

An Old UCD Student Card.

 

 

 

 

Charles McLysaght, BA 1961

Press Cutting

“Press Cutting relating to the first Dance-in in Belfield – started by Frank Litton ? 1971 – a prominent academic in the Institute of Public Administration.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian McIvor, 1971

Memories of UCD

“E.F O’Doherty came in to debate a Professor of Psychology and a staunch conservative Roman Catholic thinker. In his psychological, philosophical way he said ‘there are no such things as sinful objects’ and then there was a grumble from the back and Michael Williams saying ‘I wonder would he say that if  I threw a contraceptive up at him’.”

 

 

 

Dr Des Green, 1961

Memories of UCD

“Everyone will remember the dances in the Olympia ballroom, they were absolutely mighty affairs and the conceived wisdom was that you’d have to have two pints before you could get the courage to ask a woman to dance.”

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Des Green, 1961

Memories of UCD

“‘I remember Michael Hogan, Professor of Civil Engineering, reminding us very carefully that if you are a good engineer, you always have a pencil to take notes – in case it rained.”

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Des Green, 1961