“Ags Dress dance 1966. I married my partner of that evening. We are still together 44 years later.”
BAgrSc Graduate, 1966
“Garret FitzGerald took students to the Country Shop in Stephens Green for coffee and chat about current economic issues.”
Olaf Burke, BComm, 1964
“Defeating Trinity at rugby in the Colours match.”
John Curran, BDS, 1962
“Making friends that I still have to this day.”
BSc Graduate, 1968
“Annual Loreto Hall Ball in January 1968.This was a major event in the UCD year. The suffering involved in securing a partner could be extreme. People lucky enough to be asked to the Hatch Hall Ball in the previous December could reciprocate the invitation. It was taken in the front upstairs parlour of the Hall.”
Rita [Margaret] Larkin, BA, 1969
“Instead of going to the bars, I think the NUNS ROOM in Earlfort Terrace should get honourable mention. It was a life saver for us getting cups of coffee and tea, sandwiches, to get strength for the classes after a 4 and a half mile bike ride from Boosterstown, all year round. So many Sisters were there in all kinds of habits and doing many different degrees. It was a great meeting place for all of us in the 50’s and 60's.”
Margaret Meyer, MB, 1964
“In those days we had lectures in Earlsfort and then marches down to Merrion, now the Taoiseach’s office, for another lecture in the BSc programme. We were locked out if we were late, the rain and snow was no excuse.”
Michael McMahon, 1962
“I remember there being only 2 females in a large class of students doing Mathematical Physics and one was me, a Nun! However, we got on very well. We were the first group of Science Students into the New Belfield. We had no heating the first winter so we were allowed to leave our experiments and go to the canteen for tea/coffee to warm us up. No doubt this is taken for granted now! Because we were so few there was a lovely open friendly atmosphere among the students.”
Sarah-Anne Kane, BSc, 1965
“Paddy the porter making sure no female student dared to wear slacks, the young nuns arriving in large black cars to the front steps, the seminarians feasting on cream buns in the steamy basement restaurant. Once at the L&H in the old physics theatre, Austin Clarke was the invited guest. He was wearing his large black hat and seemed very old and quiet to me.”
Fidelma Clearkin, BA, 1966
“I have some wonderful memories of Dr Denis Donoghue, the best lecturer on Shakespeare. I enjoyed Dr Donal Nicol on Roman History. Professor John O’Meara was a guide and a mentor to me. He had married a French lady. His home was the only place in Dublin at the time where I could enjoy some good French wine. I am sure things have changed now. There was only one Chinese restaurant in Grafton St where I could eat some fried rice for two and six! I loved UCD and hope to come back before I am too old.”
Philippe Goupille, BA, 1963
“I have great memories of Paddy arriving in the lecture theatre to tell us the lecturer could not turn up and then proceed to give a parody of a lecture on some outrageous subject to great acclaim. A super memory of my time in Earlsfort Terrace.”
John Hogan, BComm, 1960
“When we were in Final Engineering in 1965/66, in Merrion St., there was a maintenance strike around November or December, this resulted in there being no heating in the building. We all attended lectures for the duration of the strike with overcoats on, not very nice!”
Gerry MacNamara, BE, 1966
UCD in 1967 Well we were still in the Terrace; hideously over-crowded, most significantly in the Library. The latter probably contributed to my making few acquaintances and fewer friends. I mostly read at home, otherwise it was in the RDS library or the National Library, both good for Archaeology. Read More
Judith Chavasse Essay
EARLSFORT DAZE I cannot sit in the National Concert Hall without my spine chilling. The walls turn battleship grey with peeling paint and I am sitting at a rickety fold-up desk. Once again it is the Great Hall of UCD and an exam is in progress. At other times a huge platform would be erected to accommodate university officials for a conferring of degrees. The Hall was simultaneously the place of judgement and despatch. I studied Commerce at UCD from 1956 to 1960 and the Commerce Faculty was located in Earlsfort Terrace. UCD had other faculties at College of Science (now the Department of An Taoiseach), the Veterinary College Ballsbridge, and the Dental School while the Agricultural Faculty sojourned on the northern plains of Glasnevin at the Albert College. Economically the country still had many problems with high emigration, relatively little manufacturing and a wall of protective tariffs and quotas. In many ways the UCD scenes in At-Swim-Two Birds were still valid and recognisable. Read More
Donal McGahon BComm (1960)
UCD in the 1960's: The Gentle Revolution In mid-1968, I became aware of a student revolution at UCD. A militant “communist” group calling themselves the Students for Democratic Action (SDA) began clamouring for the octagonal church at Belfield to be turned into a science lab or a library, because, in their view, the Church had no right to exist within the grounds of a non-denominational University. I asked to be heard at one of the first mass-meetings, and explained to the 500+ students in that hall, that the Belfield campus had in fact been built on lands donated by the Catholic Church, ON CONDITION that the first building to be erected would be a Church, for the use of the students as a place of worship. There was loud applause at this revelation, and the following day, on returning to class, I was surprised to find that the students had boycotted classes for the day, in order to hold elections for a “Steering Committee” for a revolution which was, I then understood, to take place. Read More
Nigel Boos B.Sc., MBA
Ad Astra – Errant Scholar Aristotle’s fear of any form of money earning, i.e. of all professional activities, goes perhaps even further than Plato’s … For Aristotle every form of professionalism means a loss of caste ... A feudal gentleman, he insists, must never take too much interest in any occupation, art or science … There are some liberal arts, that is to say, arts which a gentleman may acquire, but always only to a certain degree ... For if he takes too much interest … he will become proficient like a professional … This is Aristotle’s idea of a liberal education... – K.R. Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies Read More
Brendan Cardiff Essay
Abiding Memory My abiding memory of UCD occurred while sitting in the basement lecture theatre of the former Royal College of Science in Upper Merrion Street. The late Professor Michael A Hogan, Dean of Engineering and Architecture, was at the podium. Looking intently at the newly inducted engineering freshmen, he proclaimed, “You are the future leaders of the nation.” Wow! He left me breathless but impressed.
Paul B McNulty, B.E. (1965) Anecdote
My best memory of my stay at UCD where I graduated in History and Geography in 1964 as Monique Rivet, a Mauritian student, is to have had the opportunity to live in Ireland, to understand its culture and its history and to love the Irish people. Subsequently this has led me to choose the theme of my thesis for my Masters’ Degree at Laval University, Quebec on the history of how and where the Irish settled in Quebec City. I arrived in Quebec in August 1967, worked very hard, almost day and night - and left in April 1969 with a summa cum laude.
Monique Dinan Anecdote
Flora Twenty clerical students in the Uni Café Grabbed bottles of milk and pink flowery buns When she flowed by. Frank, he of the moist eye and chiseled lips, Caught my furtive glance. “Who does she remind you of?” he inquired. To my perplexion he dismissed “Of course, Flora in Botticelli’s Primavera .”
Gearoid o Criodain 1964 Poem
Memories Live On Memories abound of the one nine five six Albert College Session Where agriculture was nurtured and taught with passion. The wonder grows as to where all of us found homes Some went on to take degrees and ended up writing tomes. Theory and practice equal shared in lectures from our own JB Field wheel ruts being one such case that fitted to a tee. A very special Professor O'G responding to his student class Remarked viewing a stript weed magnified through his glass How can I identify a man if you only show me his ear It still rings loud long after Tour de France in final year. We pray God's reward to those to a heavenly home have gone A group photo from the break up of our Albert class lives on.
Andrew Cole 1960 Poem
“Seeing Maeve Binchy stretched out on a couch in the Ladies Room in Earlsfort Terrace.”
Mary Byrne, BComm, 1961
“My wedding in the Newman Chapel on a cold December afternoon in 1958. My wife and I were both 22 years old at the time and marrying at that age as an undergrad was considered by many to be unusual and probably unwise. My wife and I have recently revisited Ireland and UCD to participate in the Woodland Walk at Belfield and visit the Newman Chapel. Our marriage in 1958 was certainly not unwise.”
Steven Millan, BSc Special, 1960
“Just being there, it was a great experience, and I made a lot of very good friends, it is a great experience for any young person.”
Ellen Davern, BComm, 1960
“I enjoyed every moment of my time in U.C.D. I considered myself so privileged, particularly being a woman, to have such a chance of a brilliant profession”
Collette Boothman, BDS, 1961
“The bustle and sense of being at the centre of things in the big hallway at Earlsfort Terrace in the early 60s'”
Olaf Burke, BComm, 1964