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1950s -1954
1940s - 1947
1950s - 1956
“Greatest memory of UCD; Firstly, Garrett Fitzgerald’s MA Economics class tutorials on a Wednesday evening in Earlsfort Terrace. Secondly, raucous Saturday nights at the L&H – usually in company with an eminent current member of the Irish Bench – preceded and followed by voluminous drinks in “Hartos”. Third greatest memories playing for a superb UCD first’s rugby team – of whom six were capped for Ireland – and undeservedly defeated in a replayed Leinster Cup Final in 1961.”
Joe Dillon, BA (Economics 1959)
1954-1958 student in Faculty of Agriculture and followed the course in Horticultural Science Agricultural Co-operation was the subject I chose for my Inaugural Paper. At that time (1957) the Inaugural Paper presented by the Auditor on the first Friday of December each year drew substantial media publicity. Usually chaired by the President of UCD, the Minister of Agriculture of the time would be an automatic speaking choice and backed up by prominent speakers with expertise in the topic covered in the paper. In my case I had an entrée to the then Taoiseach, Eamonn de Valera, who was Chancellor of NUI, who agreed to be Chairman. So that was a good start to drawing the media. I lined up Senator Séan Moylan (Minister for Agriculture), Major General M. J. Costello (General Manager Irish Sugar Co.), Dr. Louis Smith (then Economic Advisor National Farmers’ Association and subsequently Associate Professor UCD) and Herr H. Ennegren (Swedish Agricultural Attaché). Both Costello and Smith were recognized authorities on Agricultural Co-operation and there was a strong co-operative movement in Sweden. Read More
Peter Tiernan Essay
“I remember the rumbling, intimidating sound of male voices as one approached the Main Hall, the sea of faces at English Literature lectures in the Physics Theatre, the English lecturers who gave us glimpses of a Promised Land of ideas of Truth, Goodness and Beauty towards which we could only aspire, the way our minds were enabled, stretched and inspired by their use of English, both in terms of expression and of enunciation. My other memories are a pot-pourri. Read More
Aideen (Hassett) Madden (1959)
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