2020s

GRÁINNE KEARNEY

(BA Politics 2020)

lives in Ireland. Love at UCD: In November of first year, I joined Tinder, never thinking it would lead to anything, until I swiped right on Darren. Now, four years later, he is the best thing that came from my time at UCD, other than my degree.

AAMIR KHAN

(MSc Biotherapeutics and Business 2020)

AAMIR KHAN

lives in Ireland and works at IQVIA as a Pharmacovigilance and Medical Information Specialist for the UK and Ireland....

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OMOLOLA ADESINA

(BCL 2020)

lives in Ireland and works at GOT1GIVE1 as a Digital PR intern. Memories of UCD: Attending the UCD Festival with my son is among my fondest memories. He enjoyed going on the slow train around campus, grabbing a bite to eat and even met Minnie Mouse.

MARTIN J MURPHY

(HDip Safety Health and Wellbeing at Work 2021)

is a technical and staff trainer at Irish Rail. Memories of UCD: Making new friends, and online classes during COVID-19.

TEJASWI POSINA

(MSc Business Analytics 2020)

lives in Ireland, working at JP Morgan Ireland as a Transfer Agency Fund Implementation Analyst. Memories of UCD: the Indian Society’s Music Competition 2020, with majority votes. Also, the Smurfit Halloween Party – one of the best winter occasions. In the past year, I spent a day at Google Dublin European Headquarters, at the UCD@Google event.

2010s

WANGA PHOLI

(MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development 2019)

WANGA PHOLI

lives in South Africa and works as an Agriculture Programme Coordinator at the Seriti Institute. I joined this organi...

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FIONA TREACY

(BSc General Nursing 2017)

lives in the US and works as a Spinal OR RN at NY Presbyterian Hospital. Love at UCD: After a particularly hard shift in the Mater during my internship, a broken hand led me to my future husband. He saw I needed a strong drink, and the rest is history. Memories of UCD: Spending spare time getting much-needed shuteye on the red couches in the Student Centre or grabbing a coffee in Pi Restaurant.

ANNE COUSINS

(MA Creative Writing 2013)

ANNE COUSINS

lives in Co. Wexford, Ireland, and is a poet and writer. In February 2021, my debut poetry collection, REDRESS, was p...

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HILARY SHERIDAN-KNOX

(BA Irish Folklore 2014)

lives in Ireland and is self-employed. In 2020/2021: I kept my business afloat throughout COVID-19. Memories of UCD: I made wonderful friends. As a mature student, the lecturers made me feel very welcome.

KEVIN KIELY

(PhD 2012)

lives in Ireland, working as freelance literary journalist and writer. Love at UCD: I had a lengthy relationship with a former law student, who went on to become a leading professional with the first name, Mary ... Memories of UCD: Making friendships that are still ongoing; the scenic location of the campus.

ANJA JENSEN

(MSc Supply Chain Management 2016)

lives in Denmark, working as a software consultant at SSI Schäfer. Over the past twelve months, I implemented track and trace on tobacco (TPD) in a large retail chain in Denmark. Memories of UCD: Having champagne in the garden after my last presentation.

KATE LALLY

(BA History and Politics 2018)

KATE LALLY

is a consultant at Carpenter Farraday in the UK. Memories of UCD: My involvement in the UCD Musical Society. My first...

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LISA SCHULTZ

(BA Information Studies 2013)

LISA SCHULTZ

lives in Germany, working as a product owner in feature development at Quentic GmbH. In the last year, I reduced my w...

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ANABEL CHAVVA

(MA 2014)

ANABEL CHAVVA

lives in the USA. Love at UCD: My husband is from India and I’m from the USA. We met eight years ago while studying...

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SPILIOS PROISKOS

(MBA 2018)

lives in Greece. Recently, I followed Steven Pressfield’s advice: “Stop seeking the good opinion of others, be true to yourself, listen to your inner creative voice and become an artist.” Love at UCD: Love for knowledge, continuous improvement and reading. Isn’t that a lifelong partnership?

SAMARTH VIJH

(MSc Digital Marketing 2017)

lives in India and works in SEO at UpGrad Education Pvt Ltd. Memories of UCD: Celebrating the Indian festival, Diwali and my graduation ceremony.

SHERINI MINEKA RUVANTHI MARAMBE

(BSc 2016)

lives in Sri Lanka and works as a Master Facilitator in Training in trauma healing counselling at the Trauma Healing Institute, American Bible Society. Memories of UCD: All the foreign lecturers who taught us. Special occasions at UCD: The traditional Avurudu festival held each year.

NIKOLA DJINIC

(MSc International Management 2014)

NIKOLA DJINIC

is a Senior IT Audit Manager with Swiss Life, Zurich. Memories of UCD: The beautiful, natural campus and wonderful...

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CATHERINE WELLS

(BA Psychology 2016)

lives in Ireland and works in HSE mental health services at Rainbow Clubhouse, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin and Eve Mental Health, which she describes as her dream job. Memories of UCD: Finding the one other mature student in my psychology class, Áine. Special occasions at UCD: The President’s Welcome ceremony. The choir began singing a song that is special to my family and the hairs on my arm stood up.

ERIN WOODHOUSE

(BSc Nursing 2019)

is a staff nurse at Our Lady’s Hospice. Memories of UCD: The friends I made, the laughs we had. Being mature students, we really valued the time we had at UCD. I remember Thursday mornings, coffee in hand, listening to students practise the piano in the science building. And of course, graduation, after a long and sometimes difficult road!

GRÁINNE FARREN

(BA 2013)

lives in Ireland. Last year, I retired from freelance editing. Memories of UCD: I enjoyed my time as a mature student, studying my main subjects, French and Art History as well as beginner’s Italian. Special occasions at UCD: In March 2013, I went on an Art History trip to Paris and visited museums and galleries. It was fun and educational, despite the snow and the temporarily lost luggage!

SAAHIL NANAVATI

(MSc 2014)

lives in Bujakan, Armenia. In the last twelve months, I started a farm. Memories of UCD: Going for a swim and then to the Clubhouse, the Fencing Club’s annual election and the History Society.

ZHI LIU

(PhD 2019)

ZHI LIU

is a Business Development Manager in Shanghai, China. After my PhD, on my return to China, I started work as a scient...

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AUDE LEMINEUR-MURRAY

(MA Second Language Studies 2014)

AUDE LEMINEUR-MURRAY

is an office manager at Rainbow Kids Boutique in Ireland. Memories of UCD: One of my professors invited me to atten...

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RIYA GULATI

(LLM IP & IT 2017)

is a paralegal, working in Delhi, India. Memories of UCD: From the supportive staff members to sweet-hearted classmates, to the peaceful library to the beautiful lake – UCD is indeed a propitious place.

THOMAS READE

(MAcc 2016)

THOMAS READE

is a Group Financial Accountant at Phelan Energy Group in Ireland. Love at UCD: A student asked me to help her find...

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2000s

EUGENIA THOMPSON

(MRUP 2006)

is an urban planner, living in Dublin. In 2020/2021: I completed the Professional Diploma in Leadership & Effective Management course at UCD. Memories of UCD: Sitting under the cherry blossom tree; completing a lap of the running track at 3am with classmates after a night out!

SUSAN PHILIPS

(MLit 2007)

is an Assistant Lecturer in Social Sciences at Wicklow Campus, IT Carlow, in Ireland. Memories of UCD: With a large family, college social events were not part of my experience. However, there were three other mature students and we became great friends.

RONAN CALLANAN

(MVB 2005)

lives and works in Co. Kilkenny. In 2020. I left the veterinary field due to illness, and reconnected with the dairy industry, which has been very rewarding. Memories of UCD: Reunions at The Horse Show House in Ballsbridge.

LOUIS POON

(MSc Marketing 2006)

LOUIS POON

lives in Hong Kong. In 2020/2021, I assisted my company in kick-starting its Hong Kong office for the North Asia region....

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DONNA FARRELL

(BBS Mgmt 2008)

DONNA FARRELL

lives in Ireland and is a director of Marsh Mackey Recruitment. In June 2021, I was shortlisted as a finalist for Busi...

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EUNICE AWOSIKA

(MSocSc 2008)

works in the London Borough of Croydon in the UK, as a service manager for the Transitions and 25-65 Disability Services. Memories of UCD: The opportunity to learn about people, new cultures and new ways of thinking in a supportive environment.

MEL J CASEY

(BComm 2001)

MEL J CASEY

is a portfolio manager at the 1919 Investment Counsel, based in the US. Memories of UCD: I remember ‘Old Man Belfie...

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NIAMH O’CONNELL

(BA French 2000)

NIAMH O’CONNELL

is the owner of The Wellness Clinic. I won a two-year contract with the Office of Government Procurement to provide t...

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PETER FRANCEV

(MA Philosophy 2001)

is Head of the Department of English at Victor Valley College in Southern California, USA. Memories of UCD: Meeting a young Chris O’Dowd as he tried to get me to join DramSoc.

TINA REGAN

(BA History 2002)

TINA REGAN

lives in the UK and works as a teacher at Camp Nursery and Primary School. Love at UCD: It was love at first sight wh...

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TIURWORK TAFESSE

(MPH 2002)

lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and works as an Emergency Technical Officer, coordinating the COVID-19 response employed by the WHO in Ethiopia. Memories of UCD: My Irish friends kindly assisted me when I had difficulty adjusting to the language and weather.

1990s

MARGARET FINCH

(MA Psychology 1990)

lives in Ireland, working as a lecturer in MTU Kerry. This year, I received a Teaching Hero Award from my students through the USI and The National Teaching Forum. Special occasions at UCD: The first year Arts Day walk from the UCD campus to town.

JITENDRA SINHA

(MSc(Agr) Rural Development 1997)

JITENDRA SINHA

lives in India and is co-founder and CEO of SAI-Sustainable Agro. Memories of UCD: The Gardaí arrived at a multicult...

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KAREN SCATTERGOOD

(BA Philosophy 1992)

lives in Ireland, working as an administrator in TU Dublin. Memories of UCD: Bringing my now college-bound children to the UCD Festival. In the past year, I attended UCD in Conversation: “100 Days of Biden” and a Peig Sayer talk.

BALBIR DEWAN

(DipCH 1991)

is an Advisor Epidemiologist in the US. In 2020/2021: I trained specialist groups of doctors in India and twelve other WHO- recommended nations, to help control the pandemic.

CHRISTOPHER FITZPATRICK

(HDipHC 1997)

lives in Ireland. I was recently appointed Consultant Clinical Lead for vaccinations in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. Memories of UCD: Denis Donoghue’s 1974 reading of Wordsworth’s “A Slumber did my Spirit Seal” – You could have heard a pin drop in Theatre L.

GRAINNE HUMPHREYS

(MA Film Studies 1993)

is the Festival Director with the Dublin International Film Festival. In March 2021, we presented a 100 per cent online festival, with 67 screenings and over 100 guests to adapt to the new online world. Special occasions at UCD: I met Gabriel Byrne on Pearse Street and invited him to a FilmSoc screening in Theatre P.

MARTINA MAHON JENSEN

(BSc Nursing 2008)

lives in Ireland, working at the Beacon Hospital as an ICU Clinical Instructor. Over the past 18 months, I have been proud to be part of the 2008 nursing class as many from that class played central roles while working at the epicentre of the pandemic.

COLM WALSH

(MSc Agr 1994)

lives in Ireland and is the owner of yogadublin.com. Memories of UCD: Raving at The Shamen in a marquee.

KHALED SELLOW

(MSc Chem 1998)

lives and teaches chemistry in Egypt. Memories of UCD: Making new friends, of different nationalities. A friend I met at UCD visited me in Egypt, from UAE, 20 years after we last saw each other.

JEAN HANNIGAN

(MA Economics 1991)

lives in the UK. Memories of UCD: UCD was the place where I discovered that being a girl didn’t make me less. A single-sex education and lots of cultural influences left me with the unconscious impression that boys were in some way smarter and more capable. In Belfield, in my first year, my exam results showed me that I could more than hold my own.

EVANGELOS VERGOS

(PhD 1991)

lives in Greece and is Vice-President for Academics and Farm Director at the American Farm School. Memories of UCD: It was the best time I ever had in my life, gaining scientific efficiency and social integration in an international environment from 1988 to 1991 at UCD Lyons Farm.

CONOR LOONEY

(BComm 1996)

lives in the US and is a shareholder and CEO of EXO Edge and LDM Global. Memories of UCD: Racing into Belfield for my evening Commerce lectures after travelling across the country for sales appointments during the day. My university background in international business has stood to me, having lived in seven countries and worked across almost 30 since leaving UCD in 1996.

ORLA HAYDEN

(BSc 1997)

lives in the US, working as a Senior Research Programmer at RAND Corporation. Memories of UCD: On Science Day, we broke the world record for the largest freestanding stack of empty Coca-Cola cans. Another fond memory is sitting in the Science building cafe, drinking tea, pontificating and philosophising about the world and life in general.

SIOBHÁN WILLIAMSON

(BComm 1993)

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Ringing my parents from the call box in the Faculty of Commerce to tell them that I had achieved an honours degree.

1980s

CLARE GREALY

(HDip Education 1985)

is an Irish teacher at the Institute of Education, Leeson Street, Dublin. Memories of UCD: The late Professor Brian Farrell’s riveting politics lectures and the cherry blossom trees in full bloom in spring.

SUSAN BARRON

(MA History 1989)

lives in the UK, working as Programme Manager for the Overseas Development Institute. Memories of UCD: The newly established Society for the History of Women’s SHOW event, “Le procès de la Reine: Marie Antoinette” in 1989.

JOHN STAUNTON

(BAgrSc 1982)

lives in Ireland and is a teacher and farm advisory with GRETB. Memories of UCD: Establishing the Macra na Feirme club, a trip to Smithwick’s brewery in Kilkenny, drinks in the College bar.

BARRY KINSELLA

(BAgrSc 1985)

lives in Ireland and was before lockdown, an Information Officer at Kilkenny Castle. Memories of UCD: “The Bin” in the Ag Block was the scene of many student celebrations; when Professor Seamus Sheehy in Ag Economic lectures would call out a name and ask a difficult question!

COLMA BRIOSCÚ

(BA 1980)

is Head of Keyboard and Professor of Pianoforte at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Memories of UCD: Singing in the UCD choir in Newman House. I attended many UCD online events, including The Gender Impacts of COVID-19, and was involved in Masterclass in Minutes at UCD Festival.

MIKE BRADY

(BAgrSc 1987)

lives in Ireland and is MD of the Brady Group. Memories of UCD: Winning Fresher’s Hurling.

BRIAN HARVEY

(MA 1987)

lives in Ireland. In 2020/2021: My new book, European-Russian Cooperation in Space: from de Gaulle to ExoMars was published by Prazis/Springer.

PATRICIA HALLAHAN

(BSocSc 1981)

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: While at UCD I got involved in UCD’s Third World Society – now I have a great career working with Concern in Bangladesh and with Trócaire and Sightsavers International across Africa.

MICHAEL LOWRY

(BSc 1985)

lives in the UK and is retired. Love at UCD: Meeting my wife on our first day on the ground floor of the Science block. The chemistry obviously worked and we married on campus in 1988, returning every year on our wedding anniversary to visit Fr Shan Ó Cuiv who was Science Chaplain and who married us in the little chapel on campus.

DENIS O’SULLIVAN

(BE Chemical Engineering 1986)

lives in Belgium. Memories of UCD: The Engineering Common Room in Merrion Street. It was once Dublin’s leading centre of fine conversation, darts, bridge and that unique rapier wit of which only engineers are capable (and which also, only engineers appreciate).

EILEEN DORAN

(MBS 1984)

EILEEN DORAN

is a Supply Chain Management lecturer at TU Dublin. Memories of UCD: The best memories are sitting in the canteen fo...

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PATRICK KING

(BA German 1985)

lives in Germany and is a Chief Flight Attendant with Lufthansa Airlines. Memories of UCD: My Italian lecturer, Deirdre O’Grady, inspired me to qualify for a summer scholarship to Italy.

LOUISE CALLAGHAN

(BA Spanish 1971)

lives and works in Ireland as a writer. Memories of UCD: In 1969 my poem, edited by Richard Ryan, was published in the UCD Literary Journal.

1970s

DANIEL ENNIS

(BAgrSc 1972)

DANIEL ENNIS

is President of the Institute of Perception, Virginia, in the USA. In the past year, I was awarded the Doctor of Scie...

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MARY MAYENFISCH-TOBIN

(BCL 1977)

MARY MAYENFISCH-TOBIN

lives and works in Switzerland. Recently, I assisted the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Foundation and co-led the init...

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MICHAEL O’TOOLE

(DipCH 1974)

is a retired GP living in Australia. Memories of UCD: Defeating Trinity in the 1971 Colours race along the Liffey, from Islandbridge to past O’Connell Bridge. What a race!

COLM MACSÉALAIGH

(HDip Education 1973)

COLM MACSÉALAIGH

lives in Dublin, working at A+F Recruitment as Executive Director. Memories of UCD: Rinne mé dlúthchairdeas saoil l...

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RICHARD ALLEN

(MVB 1977)

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Fainting as I attempted surgery for the first time (the cat was okay).

BRID O’DEA

(HDip 1970)

lives in Ireland and is retired. Memories of UCD: The day King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola visited the Physics department.

JEREMIAH MOYNIHAN

(HDip 1976)

is a teacher in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Excellent debates organised by LawSoc.

COLM HENNESSEY

(BE Civil Engineering 1975)

is a retired Assistant Principal at Breifne College, Cavan. Memories of UCD: Professors Hanrahan, Dooge and De Courcy who instilled in me a lifelong commitment to doing it right the first time, as well as contributing to society with the work I do. Love at UCD: I found my first love on campus. I used to cycle from Hatch Hall to UCD and give girls a spin home on the bar of my bike.

MARTIN MCGOVERN

(MA 1979)

is Director of Communications and Media Relations at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA. Memories of UCD: Professors Brian Farrell, Tom Garvin and Maurice Manning, who gave me sage advice and critical feedback. It is fair to say the latter freed me up for my career so I am indebted to him.

MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN

(BSocSc 1974)

is the Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) and lectures in Waterford Institute of Technology. Memories of UCD: Great memories of my Social Science class.

ROBBIE HARROLD

(BSc 1978)

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Ahead of the final dissection practical, my fellow students and I lined up in the laboratory corridor and exhausted from exams, broke into a rendition of Rod Stewart’s “The First Cut is the Deepest”. It was a great moment and helped us all relax, even though Rod wasn’t giving advice about the initial incision into a flatfish!

LOUISE CALLAGHAN

(BA Spanish 1971)

lives and works in Ireland as a writer. Memories of UCD: In 1969 my poem, edited by Richard Ryan, was published in the UCD Literary Journal.

1960s

TERRY CONCANNON

(BSc 1961)

lives in the USA. Memories of UCD: At the time, it was not permitted for women to wear trousers in College, so we wore very tight short skirts. I was the goalie on the hockey team, and I got tremendous satisfaction on Saturday mornings wearing trousers to retrieve my goalie pads in the Main Hall

FRANK KANE

(BArch 1966)

lives in Ireland, and works as an architect across Dublin, Toronto and London. Memories of UCD: Rowing at junior level, from 1963 to 1965, Professor Sean De Courcy’s enthusiasm and the chaplain, Fr Tuohy.

OWEN CAHILL

(HDip Education 1960)

lives in the UK. Memories of UCD: Forming three great friendships. One of which was with Professor Tom Dunning, an Old and Middle English professor.

GERRY O’CONNOR

(BA 1967)

lives in Canada. Memories of UCD: Playing double bass in the 1969 UCD orchestra performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #3 in C Minor Opus 37, in Newman House on St Stephen’s Green.

TOM O’HIGGINS

(BA 1960)

lives in Ireland and is semi-retired. Memories of UCD: Debating at the L&H; attending lectures by the inspirational Patrick Lynch, and by the charismatic Professor Denis Donoghue. Representing UCD on the men’s hockey and cricket teams.

JAMES MURRAY

(DipEurL 1967)

JAMES MURRAY

lives in Belgium and is retired. Memories of UCD: I distinctly remember the move to Belfield in 1964, before it was e...

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1950s

JOHN COTTER

(BSc 1959)

lives in California and is retired. Memories of UCD: Most of my lectures were at Earlsfort Terrace, with a few chemistry classes in Merrion Square, and maths classes in the bar at the Harcourt Street railway station. Love at UCD: I found love at UCD in my first year. It didn’t work out, but we’re both happily married to other people after 50 years and still keep in contact.

PATRICK QUINN

(BArch 1954)

lives in New York, working as an architect. In 2020/2021: I developed a master plan for a new retreat centre in Massachusetts. Memories of UCD: The night Seamus Ennis came to the Folklore Society and played the uilleann pipes.

JOHN FLANAGAN

(BE Civil Engineering 1951)

lives in England. I credit Professor Freddie Lewis, who taught me three-dimensional geometry, with helping me design the launch pad for Saturn 5, the rocket that landed on the moon in 1968.

GRÁINNE KEARNEY
BA Politics 2020

lives in Ireland. Love at UCD: In November of first year, I joined Tinder, never thinking it would lead to anything, until I swiped right on Darren. Now, four years later, he is the best thing that came from my time at UCD, other than my degree.

AAMIR KHAN
MSc Biotherapeutics and Business 2020

lives in Ireland and works at IQVIA as a Pharmacovigilance and Medical Information Specialist for the UK and Ireland.

OMOLOLA ADESINA
BCL 2020

lives in Ireland and works at GOT1GIVE1 as a Digital PR intern. Memories of UCD: Attending the UCD Festival with my son is among my fondest memories. He enjoyed going on the slow train around campus, grabbing a bite to eat and even met Minnie Mouse.

MARTIN J MURPHY
HDip Safety Health and Wellbeing at Work 2021

is a technical and staff trainer at Irish Rail. Memories of UCD: Making new friends, and online classes during COVID-19.

TEJASWI POSINA
MSc Business Analytics 2020

lives in Ireland, working at JP Morgan Ireland as a Transfer Agency Fund Implementation Analyst. Memories of UCD: the Indian Society’s Music Competition 2020, with majority votes. Also, the Smurfit Halloween Party – one of the best winter occasions. In the past year, I spent a day at Google Dublin European Headquarters, at the UCD@Google event.

WANGA PHOLI
MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development 2019

lives in South Africa and works as an Agriculture Programme Coordinator at the Seriti Institute. I joined this organisation in February 2021 and I’m using this opportunity to connect with young farmers in South Africa who are passionate about ensuring food security and job opportunities. Memories of UCD: At first, I felt overwhelmed, but the students and lecturers were so welcoming.

FIONA TREACY
BSc General Nursing 2017

lives in the US and works as a Spinal OR RN at NY Presbyterian Hospital. Love at UCD: After a particularly hard shift in the Mater during my internship, a broken hand led me to my future husband. He saw I needed a strong drink, and the rest is history. Memories of UCD: Spending spare time getting much-needed shuteye on the red couches in the Student Centre or grabbing a coffee in Pi Restaurant.

ANNE COUSINS
MA Creative Writing 2013

lives in Co. Wexford, Ireland, and is a poet and writer. In February 2021, my debut poetry collection, REDRESS, was published by Revival Press, Limerick.

HILARY SHERIDAN-KNOX
BA Irish Folklore 2014

lives in Ireland and is self-employed. In 2020/2021: I kept my business afloat throughout COVID-19. Memories of UCD: I made wonderful friends. As a mature student, the lecturers made me feel very welcome.

KEVIN KIELY
PhD 2012

lives in Ireland, working as freelance literary journalist and writer. Love at UCD: I had a lengthy relationship with a former law student, who went on to become a leading professional with the first name, Mary ... Memories of UCD: Making friendships that are still ongoing; the scenic location of the campus.

ANJA JENSEN
MSc Supply Chain Management 2016

lives in Denmark, working as a software consultant at SSI Schäfer. Over the past twelve months, I implemented track and trace on tobacco (TPD) in a large retail chain in Denmark. Memories of UCD: Having champagne in the garden after my last presentation.

KATE LALLY
BA History and Politics 2018

is a consultant at Carpenter Farraday in the UK. Memories of UCD: My involvement in the UCD Musical Society. My first leading role was in “She Loves Me”. I made many friends through the society: The memories, creativity, and unity we shared endures.

LISA SCHULTZ
BA Information Studies 2013

lives in Germany, working as a product owner in feature development at Quentic GmbH. In the last year, I reduced my working hours to pursue a music career. Memories of UCD: The relationship between students and lecturers, and always being taken seriously. It felt as if the lecturers were also learning something from us, not just the other way around. Also, a visit to Theatre L by Sir Christopher Lee.

ANABEL CHAVVA
MA 2014

lives in the USA. Love at UCD: My husband is from India and I’m from the USA. We met eight years ago while studying at UCD and instantly fell in love. It gives me butterflies to think that we both chose to study thousands of miles from our respective homes. We just celebrated four years of marriage and are still madly in love

SPILIOS PROISKOS
MBA 2018

lives in Greece. Recently, I followed Steven Pressfield’s advice: “Stop seeking the good opinion of others, be true to yourself, listen to your inner creative voice and become an artist.” Love at UCD: Love for knowledge, continuous improvement and reading. Isn’t that a lifelong partnership?

SAMARTH VIJH
MSc Digital Marketing 2017

lives in India and works in SEO at UpGrad Education Pvt Ltd. Memories of UCD: Celebrating the Indian festival, Diwali and my graduation ceremony.

SHERINI MINEKA RUVANTHI MARAMBE
BSc 2016

lives in Sri Lanka and works as a Master Facilitator in Training in trauma healing counselling at the Trauma Healing Institute, American Bible Society. Memories of UCD: All the foreign lecturers who taught us. Special occasions at UCD: The traditional Avurudu festival held each year.

NIKOLA DJINIC
MSc International Management 2014

is a Senior IT Audit Manager with Swiss Life, Zurich. Memories of UCD: The beautiful, natural campus and wonderful lectures. I loved the international environment with many people who became lifelong friends.

CATHERINE WELLS
BA Psychology 2016

lives in Ireland and works in HSE mental health services at Rainbow Clubhouse, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin and Eve Mental Health, which she describes as her dream job. Memories of UCD: Finding the one other mature student in my psychology class, Áine. Special occasions at UCD: The President’s Welcome ceremony. The choir began singing a song that is special to my family and the hairs on my arm stood up.

ERIN WOODHOUSE
BSc Nursing 2019

is a staff nurse at Our Lady’s Hospice. Memories of UCD: The friends I made, the laughs we had. Being mature students, we really valued the time we had at UCD. I remember Thursday mornings, coffee in hand, listening to students practise the piano in the science building. And of course, graduation, after a long and sometimes difficult road!

GRÁINNE FARREN
BA 2013

lives in Ireland. Last year, I retired from freelance editing. Memories of UCD: I enjoyed my time as a mature student, studying my main subjects, French and Art History as well as beginner’s Italian. Special occasions at UCD: In March 2013, I went on an Art History trip to Paris and visited museums and galleries. It was fun and educational, despite the snow and the temporarily lost luggage!

SAAHIL NANAVATI
MSc 2014

lives in Bujakan, Armenia. In the last twelve months, I started a farm. Memories of UCD: Going for a swim and then to the Clubhouse, the Fencing Club’s annual election and the History Society.

ZHI LIU
PhD 2019

is a Business Development Manager in Shanghai, China. After my PhD, on my return to China, I started work as a scientist in a pharma company in Shanghai, then I transferred to the business department. It is completely different, but I embrace challenging work. Memories of UCD: After the Hell and Back physical endurance challenge, we celebrated in the Clubhouse. On my way home, I took a shortcut through Donnybrook and I lay down and slept for a few hours in a playground ...

AUDE LEMINEUR-MURRAY
MA Second Language Studies 2014

is an office manager at Rainbow Kids Boutique in Ireland. Memories of UCD: One of my professors invited me to attend a talk for her PhD students with a famous sociolinguist from Canada, which was an enriching experience.

RIYA GULATI
LLM IP & IT 2017

is a paralegal, working in Delhi, India. Memories of UCD: From the supportive staff members to sweet-hearted classmates, to the peaceful library to the beautiful lake – UCD is indeed a propitious place.

THOMAS READE
MAcc 2016

is a Group Financial Accountant at Phelan Energy Group in Ireland. Love at UCD: A student asked me to help her find a lecture hall. I didn’t realise she was flirting with me. We have been married since 2018 and it turns out she was never lost on campus after all. Memories of UCD: Drinking too much coffee, eating too many chicken rolls, and of course, graduating in O’Reilly Hall.

EUGENIA THOMPSON
MRUP 2006

is an urban planner, living in Dublin. In 2020/2021: I completed the Professional Diploma in Leadership & Effective Management course at UCD. Memories of UCD: Sitting under the cherry blossom tree; completing a lap of the running track at 3am with classmates after a night out!

SUSAN PHILIPS
MLit 2007

is an Assistant Lecturer in Social Sciences at Wicklow Campus, IT Carlow, in Ireland. Memories of UCD: With a large family, college social events were not part of my experience. However, there were three other mature students and we became great friends.

RONAN CALLANAN
MVB 2005

lives and works in Co. Kilkenny. In 2020. I left the veterinary field due to illness, and reconnected with the dairy industry, which has been very rewarding. Memories of UCD: Reunions at The Horse Show House in Ballsbridge.

LOUIS POON
MSc Marketing 2006

lives in Hong Kong. In 2020/2021, I assisted my company in kick-starting its Hong Kong office for the North Asia region. Special occasions at UCD: In May 2021, I received a City University of Hong Kong Department of Marketing Alumni Contribution Award.

DONNA FARRELL
BBS Mgmt 2008

lives in Ireland and is a director of Marsh Mackey Recruitment. In June 2021, I was shortlisted as a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year (Established Business) with Network Ireland. Memories of UCD: The support of my lecturers was second to none.

EUNICE AWOSIKA
MSocSc 2008

works in the London Borough of Croydon in the UK, as a service manager for the Transitions and 25-65 Disability Services. Memories of UCD: The opportunity to learn about people, new cultures and new ways of thinking in a supportive environment.

MEL J CASEY
BComm 2001

is a portfolio manager at the 1919 Investment Counsel, based in the US. Memories of UCD: I remember ‘Old Man Belfield’ very well and it says something about UCD that his passing touched so many people thousands of miles away around the globe. My graduation ceremony in O’Reilly Hall was a particular highlight as it was very meaningful

NIAMH O’CONNELL
BA French 2000

is the owner of The Wellness Clinic. I won a two-year contract with the Office of Government Procurement to provide their corporate wellness and L&D services online. Memories of UCD: Sitting by the newly built O’Reilly Hall overlooking the lake on sunny days.

PETER FRANCEV
MA Philosophy 2001

is Head of the Department of English at Victor Valley College in Southern California, USA. Memories of UCD: Meeting a young Chris O’Dowd as he tried to get me to join DramSoc.

TINA REGAN
BA History 2002

lives in the UK and works as a teacher at Camp Nursery and Primary School. Love at UCD: It was love at first sight when I laid eyes on Jarlath Regan in my first year in UCD. Twenty-one years later, we are eleven years married and have a beautiful ten-year-old boy. UCD will always hold a special place in our heart

TIURWORK TAFESSE
MPH 2002

lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and works as an Emergency Technical Officer, coordinating the COVID-19 response employed by the WHO in Ethiopia. Memories of UCD: My Irish friends kindly assisted me when I had difficulty adjusting to the language and weather.

MARGARET FINCH
MA Psychology 1990

lives in Ireland, working as a lecturer in MTU Kerry. This year, I received a Teaching Hero Award from my students through the USI and The National Teaching Forum. Special occasions at UCD: The first year Arts Day walk from the UCD campus to town.

JITENDRA SINHA
MSc(Agr) Rural Development 1997

lives in India and is co-founder and CEO of SAI-Sustainable Agro. Memories of UCD: The Gardaí arrived at a multicultural gathering in my residence because of a noise complaint but finding nothing suspicious, instead, were pleasantly surprised by the many races and cultures present and food and coffee offered.

KAREN SCATTERGOOD
BA Philosophy 1992

lives in Ireland, working as an administrator in TU Dublin. Memories of UCD: Bringing my now college-bound children to the UCD Festival. In the past year, I attended UCD in Conversation: “100 Days of Biden” and a Peig Sayer talk.

BALBIR DEWAN
DipCH 1991

is an Advisor Epidemiologist in the US. In 2020/2021: I trained specialist groups of doctors in India and twelve other WHO- recommended nations, to help control the pandemic.

CHRISTOPHER FITZPATRICK
HDipHC 1997

lives in Ireland. I was recently appointed Consultant Clinical Lead for vaccinations in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. Memories of UCD: Denis Donoghue’s 1974 reading of Wordsworth’s “A Slumber did my Spirit Seal” – You could have heard a pin drop in Theatre L.

GRAINNE HUMPHREYS
MA Film Studies 1993

is the Festival Director with the Dublin International Film Festival. In March 2021, we presented a 100 per cent online festival, with 67 screenings and over 100 guests to adapt to the new online world. Special occasions at UCD: I met Gabriel Byrne on Pearse Street and invited him to a FilmSoc screening in Theatre P.

MARTINA MAHON JENSEN
BSc Nursing 2008

lives in Ireland, working at the Beacon Hospital as an ICU Clinical Instructor. Over the past 18 months, I have been proud to be part of the 2008 nursing class as many from that class played central roles while working at the epicentre of the pandemic.

COLM WALSH
MSc Agr 1994

lives in Ireland and is the owner of yogadublin.com. Memories of UCD: Raving at The Shamen in a marquee.

KHALED SELLOW
MSc Chem 1998

lives and teaches chemistry in Egypt. Memories of UCD: Making new friends, of different nationalities. A friend I met at UCD visited me in Egypt, from UAE, 20 years after we last saw each other.

JEAN HANNIGAN
MA Economics 1991

lives in the UK. Memories of UCD: UCD was the place where I discovered that being a girl didn’t make me less. A single-sex education and lots of cultural influences left me with the unconscious impression that boys were in some way smarter and more capable. In Belfield, in my first year, my exam results showed me that I could more than hold my own.

EVANGELOS VERGOS
PhD 1991

lives in Greece and is Vice-President for Academics and Farm Director at the American Farm School. Memories of UCD: It was the best time I ever had in my life, gaining scientific efficiency and social integration in an international environment from 1988 to 1991 at UCD Lyons Farm.

CONOR LOONEY
BComm 1996

lives in the US and is a shareholder and CEO of EXO Edge and LDM Global. Memories of UCD: Racing into Belfield for my evening Commerce lectures after travelling across the country for sales appointments during the day. My university background in international business has stood to me, having lived in seven countries and worked across almost 30 since leaving UCD in 1996.

ORLA HAYDEN
BSc 1997

lives in the US, working as a Senior Research Programmer at RAND Corporation. Memories of UCD: On Science Day, we broke the world record for the largest freestanding stack of empty Coca-Cola cans. Another fond memory is sitting in the Science building cafe, drinking tea, pontificating and philosophising about the world and life in general.

SIOBHÁN WILLIAMSON
BComm 1993

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Ringing my parents from the call box in the Faculty of Commerce to tell them that I had achieved an honours degree.

CLARE GREALY
HDip Education 1985

is an Irish teacher at the Institute of Education, Leeson Street, Dublin. Memories of UCD: The late Professor Brian Farrell’s riveting politics lectures and the cherry blossom trees in full bloom in spring.

SUSAN BARRON
MA History 1989

lives in the UK, working as Programme Manager for the Overseas Development Institute. Memories of UCD: The newly established Society for the History of Women’s SHOW event, “Le procès de la Reine: Marie Antoinette” in 1989.

JOHN STAUNTON
BAgrSc 1982

lives in Ireland and is a teacher and farm advisory with GRETB. Memories of UCD: Establishing the Macra na Feirme club, a trip to Smithwick’s brewery in Kilkenny, drinks in the College bar.

BARRY KINSELLA
BAgrSc 1985

lives in Ireland and was before lockdown, an Information Officer at Kilkenny Castle. Memories of UCD: “The Bin” in the Ag Block was the scene of many student celebrations; when Professor Seamus Sheehy in Ag Economic lectures would call out a name and ask a difficult question!

COLMA BRIOSCÚ
BA 1980

is Head of Keyboard and Professor of Pianoforte at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Memories of UCD: Singing in the UCD choir in Newman House. I attended many UCD online events, including The Gender Impacts of COVID-19, and was involved in Masterclass in Minutes at UCD Festival.

MIKE BRADY
BAgrSc 1987

lives in Ireland and is MD of the Brady Group. Memories of UCD: Winning Fresher’s Hurling.

BRIAN HARVEY
MA 1987

lives in Ireland. In 2020/2021: My new book, European-Russian Cooperation in Space: from de Gaulle to ExoMars was published by Prazis/Springer.

PATRICIA HALLAHAN
BSocSc 1981

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: While at UCD I got involved in UCD’s Third World Society – now I have a great career working with Concern in Bangladesh and with Trócaire and Sightsavers International across Africa.

MICHAEL LOWRY
BSc 1985

lives in the UK and is retired. Love at UCD: Meeting my wife on our first day on the ground floor of the Science block. The chemistry obviously worked and we married on campus in 1988, returning every year on our wedding anniversary to visit Fr Shan Ó Cuiv who was Science Chaplain and who married us in the little chapel on campus.

DENIS O’SULLIVAN
BE Chemical Engineering 1986

lives in Belgium. Memories of UCD: The Engineering Common Room in Merrion Street. It was once Dublin’s leading centre of fine conversation, darts, bridge and that unique rapier wit of which only engineers are capable (and which also, only engineers appreciate).

EILEEN DORAN
MBS 1984

is a Supply Chain Management lecturer at TU Dublin. Memories of UCD: The best memories are sitting in the canteen for dinner with friends, chatting and laughing. Priceless memories which all UCD students deserve.

PATRICK KING
BA German 1985

lives in Germany and is a Chief Flight Attendant with Lufthansa Airlines. Memories of UCD: My Italian lecturer, Deirdre O’Grady, inspired me to qualify for a summer scholarship to Italy.

LOUISE CALLAGHAN
BA Spanish 1971

lives and works in Ireland as a writer. Memories of UCD: In 1969 my poem, edited by Richard Ryan, was published in the UCD Literary Journal.

DANIEL ENNIS
BAgrSc 1972

is President of the Institute of Perception, Virginia, in the USA. In the past year, I was awarded the Doctor of Science (DSc) for published work in the behavioural sciences. Memories of UCD : The 1972 Intervarsity 800m finals at Trinity in the lashing rain.

MARY MAYENFISCH-TOBIN
BCL 1977

lives and works in Switzerland. Recently, I assisted the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Foundation and co-led the initiative on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland. Memories of UCD: Hearing Joan Baez sing on campus.

MICHAEL O’TOOLE
DipCH 1974

is a retired GP living in Australia. Memories of UCD: Defeating Trinity in the 1971 Colours race along the Liffey, from Islandbridge to past O’Connell Bridge. What a race!

COLM MACSÉALAIGH
HDip Education 1973

lives in Dublin, working at A+F Recruitment as Executive Director. Memories of UCD: Rinne mé dlúthchairdeas saoil le mic léinn eile go háirithe iad san a bhí sa Chumann Gaelach.

RICHARD ALLEN
MVB 1977

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Fainting as I attempted surgery for the first time (the cat was okay).

BRID O’DEA
HDip 1970

lives in Ireland and is retired. Memories of UCD: The day King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola visited the Physics department.

JEREMIAH MOYNIHAN
HDip 1976

is a teacher in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Excellent debates organised by LawSoc.

COLM HENNESSEY
BE Civil Engineering 1975

is a retired Assistant Principal at Breifne College, Cavan. Memories of UCD: Professors Hanrahan, Dooge and De Courcy who instilled in me a lifelong commitment to doing it right the first time, as well as contributing to society with the work I do. Love at UCD: I found my first love on campus. I used to cycle from Hatch Hall to UCD and give girls a spin home on the bar of my bike.

MARTIN MCGOVERN
MA 1979

is Director of Communications and Media Relations at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA. Memories of UCD: Professors Brian Farrell, Tom Garvin and Maurice Manning, who gave me sage advice and critical feedback. It is fair to say the latter freed me up for my career so I am indebted to him.

MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN
BSocSc 1974

is the Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) and lectures in Waterford Institute of Technology. Memories of UCD: Great memories of my Social Science class.

ROBBIE HARROLD
BSc 1978

lives in Ireland. Memories of UCD: Ahead of the final dissection practical, my fellow students and I lined up in the laboratory corridor and exhausted from exams, broke into a rendition of Rod Stewart’s “The First Cut is the Deepest”. It was a great moment and helped us all relax, even though Rod wasn’t giving advice about the initial incision into a flatfish!

LOUISE CALLAGHAN
BA Spanish 1971

lives and works in Ireland as a writer. Memories of UCD: In 1969 my poem, edited by Richard Ryan, was published in the UCD Literary Journal.

TERRY CONCANNON
BSc 1961

lives in the USA. Memories of UCD: At the time, it was not permitted for women to wear trousers in College, so we wore very tight short skirts. I was the goalie on the hockey team, and I got tremendous satisfaction on Saturday mornings wearing trousers to retrieve my goalie pads in the Main Hall

FRANK KANE
BArch 1966

lives in Ireland, and works as an architect across Dublin, Toronto and London. Memories of UCD: Rowing at junior level, from 1963 to 1965, Professor Sean De Courcy’s enthusiasm and the chaplain, Fr Tuohy.

OWEN CAHILL
HDip Education 1960

lives in the UK. Memories of UCD: Forming three great friendships. One of which was with Professor Tom Dunning, an Old and Middle English professor.

GERRY O’CONNOR
BA 1967

lives in Canada. Memories of UCD: Playing double bass in the 1969 UCD orchestra performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #3 in C Minor Opus 37, in Newman House on St Stephen’s Green.

TOM O’HIGGINS
BA 1960

lives in Ireland and is semi-retired. Memories of UCD: Debating at the L&H; attending lectures by the inspirational Patrick Lynch, and by the charismatic Professor Denis Donoghue. Representing UCD on the men’s hockey and cricket teams.

JAMES MURRAY
DipEurL 1967

lives in Belgium and is retired. Memories of UCD: I distinctly remember the move to Belfield in 1964, before it was established as Belfield campus in 1970, and Professor TE Nevin. He had a reputation as a formidable academic, and I am sure that he played a substantial role in the move to Belfield.

JOHN COTTER
BSc 1959

lives in California and is retired. Memories of UCD: Most of my lectures were at Earlsfort Terrace, with a few chemistry classes in Merrion Square, and maths classes in the bar at the Harcourt Street railway station. Love at UCD: I found love at UCD in my first year. It didn’t work out, but we’re both happily married to other people after 50 years and still keep in contact.

PATRICK QUINN
BArch 1954

lives in New York, working as an architect. In 2020/2021: I developed a master plan for a new retreat centre in Massachusetts. Memories of UCD: The night Seamus Ennis came to the Folklore Society and played the uilleann pipes.

JOHN FLANAGAN
BE Civil Engineering 1951

lives in England. I credit Professor Freddie Lewis, who taught me three-dimensional geometry, with helping me design the launch pad for Saturn 5, the rocket that landed on the moon in 1968.

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