Acts of Allegiance

Acts of Allegiance

Acts of Allegiance is a wonderful brew of a book about politics, family, violence, love, betrayal – life, in other words. Peter Cunningham has written a winner.”
– John Banville

Paris: May, 1969. Scents of spring blossom, coffee and high-octane petrol. Irish diplomat Marty Ransom has been summoned to meet Charles J. Haughey, the Irish Minister for Finance – what’s decided between them will change the course of Irish history. The Minister wants a go-between with the new IRA faction in the North: he knows a key player is Marty’s cousin Ignatius. He has no idea Marty is reporting to MI5 in Dublin. As the deadly endgame draws near, Marty must choose between the past and all he holds dear.

Peter Cunningham graduated from UCD with a B.A. in 1967.

UCD APEP End of Year Show

‘Show up’ the UCD APEP Summer Show, took place on the 1st of June, with the third cycle of ‘Rising Home’ launched by Fr. Peter McVerry. A fond farewell was also given to  Gerry Cahill, who has been teaching in the school for many years and really has made an outstanding contribution to the life and learning in Richview.



Alumni Spotlight

Ciaran Cuffe

BArch 1989

MRUP 1996











Alumni Spotlight

Ciaran Cuffe


It seemed like a natural progression

You could say that I come from a family of Architects. I am one of eight-children and three of us went on to study Architecture in UCD.

It doesn’t stop there! My own father Luan was also a UCD Architectural graduate. He graduated from UCD in 1942 and went on to study in Harvard, undertaking a Masters with Walter Gropius.

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‘Talking Engineers’ win for 2017 Graduate

KHADIJA MU’AZZAM, a final year UCD Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering student, was, last night (March 23 2017), announced as the winner of the inaugural Engineers Ireland Talking Engineers Competition, at Engineers Ireland headquarters in Clyde Road.

The competition was open to final year Engineering students, from all third-level institutions in Ireland, with each institution invited to nominate a single representative. Candidates were required to make a 12-minute presentation on The Role of the Engineer in Ireland Today.

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UCD graduate company awarded €650,000 contract with European Space Agency 

ENBIO has announced a European Space Agency (ESA) contract worth €650,000 to develop advanced surface coatings for Neosat, Europe’s next generation of telecommunications satellites. ENBIO, a graduate of NovaUCD, is working with ESA as part of its Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems programme (ARTES).

The aim of the Neosat platform is to create the next generation satellite platforms and allow European manufacturers to capture over half the world’s satcom market between now and 2030, potentially worth €25 billion.

The announcement was made during an Enterprise Ireland trade mission visit to the European Space Agency Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, led by John Halligan TD, Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation.

UCD Graduates named as two of ‘Ireland’s Ten Outstanding Young People’

UCD Engineering graduates, Colin Keogh and Dr Shane Keaveney, founded ‘The Rapid Foundation’ in 2014 and since then, have gone on to achieve great things.

Recently, Colin and Shane were named two of ‘Ireland’s Ten Outstanding Young People’ by Junior Chamber International Ireland. This award recognises those who excel in their field and create positive change.

The Rapid Foundation brings 3D printers, low-cost electronics like Raspberry Pi and virtual reality technology to people and communities around the world. The Rapid Foundation currently supplies technology and training to communities in Mexico, Rwanda, Uganda and India. Once the training is complete, communities are given full ownership of the equipment. This allows them to invent, design and create solutions to issues affecting them.

Prof. of Mechanical Engineering is first Irish person to receive Fraunhofer Thaler Award

During his recent visit to Ireland, the President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany, Professor Reimund Neugebauer presented the Fraunhofer Thaler Award to Professor Gerry Byrne in recognition of his “outstanding leadership and significant achievements in the field of applied research”. This is a wonderful honour for Prof. Byrne as it is thought that he is the first Irish person to receive the Fraunhofer Thaler Award.

Prof. Gerry Byrne is a Senior Advisor to the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin and former College Principal and Dean of Engineering at UCD.

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Grafton Architects receive “Outstanding Achievement for Architecture” at BAYA 2017

UCD Architecture graduates, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara from Grafton Architects received the “Outstanding Achievement for Architecture” at this year’s Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017 (BAYA).

This award is in recognition of the impressive portfolio of buildings of note designed by Grafton Architects. These buildings include;  the Solstice Arts Centre, Meath; the Parson’s Building, Trinity College, Dublin; the Government Department of Finance for the Office of Public Works in Dublin; a new building for the Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Earlier this year, Yvonne and Shelley were appointed by Paolo Barrata, President of La Biennale, to be the Curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018 and won the RIBA International Prize for their design of the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnologia (UTEC) building in Lima, Peru.

Yvonne and Shelley both graduated from UCD with a BArch in 1974 and were 2015 UCD Alumni Awardees.


Fulbright honour for Dr Tom Curran and Dr Elizabeth Shotton

On the 12th of June, 2017 the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Mr Reece Smyth, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland, announced 38 new Fulbright Irish Awardees.

Recipients include students, academics and professionals from 15 HEIs across Ireland and Europe. These Awardees will go to top US institutions to study and collaborate with experts in their field.

The College of Engineering and Architecture were proud to learn that two of their graduates, Dr Tom Curran and Dr Elizabeth Shotton were one of the 38 recipients for 2017.

Fulbright Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Dr Tom Curran is a lecturer in the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and Director of the MSc Environmental Technology Programme at University College Dublin. As a Fulbright-TechImpact Scholar, he will be hosted by North Carolina State University to develop an early warning system for sewer network blockages caused by ‘fatbergs’. In recent years, Dr Curran has developed a European wide reputation as a specialist in ‘fatbergs’ and has made frequent media contributions on this issue.



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