Past Events

Each year we welcome thousands of our alumni back to campus, for Mentoring eventsReunions, Choral Scholars or Symphony Orchestra performances, Spoken Word events, Alumni Awards and the UCD Festival, or simply to pay a nostalgic visit to relive those great memories of student days.

We are delighted to welcome you back and are always looking for ways of improving and evolving our event programme to make sure we have something for everybody.

We will keep you informed about our events as they happen. Make sure to update your details with us at the link below to ensure that you receive email updates and that you’re not missing out on that special event!

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UCD Alumni Awards 2022 - 18 November 2022

On Friday 18 of November in O’Reilly Hall, UCD recognised the stellar achievements of ten of its graduates from across the University at its annual UCD Alumni Awards. These awards celebrate UCD alumni who have made their mark both at home and abroad, showing great drive, leadership, commitment and a desire to make a difference.

We were delighted to be back in person among UCD students, staff, alumni, and friends for the first time in three years and also to include in the celebrations the winners of the UCD Alumni Awards from 2020 and 2021.

This year’s distinguished Alumni Awards winners are: Eimear Lambe, Olympic bronze medallist (Sport); Ciarán Connell and Michael McLaughlin, Co-founders of DecaWave, (Engineering & Architecture); Niall Breslin, Musician, Podcaster, Author, Mental Health Advocate (Social Sciences); Consolata Boyle, Oscar Nominated Costume Designer (Arts and Humanities); Mary Quaney, Group CEO Mainstream Renewable Power (Business); Bill Shipsey S.C., Human Rights Advocate & Retired Barrister (Law); Conrad Burke, Co-Founder Meta VC Partners (Science); Dr Martin J. Tobin, World Renowned Pulmonologist (Research, Innovation and Impact); and Michael Burke, Founder and Executive Chairman Chanelle Pharma (Health and Agricultural Sciences).

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Alumni Reception Singapore - 20 November 2022

UCD Alumni Relations with the support of the Embassy of Ireland, Singapore and local Alumni Chapter Reps hosted a reception at the Irish Ambassador’s residence on Sunday 20th November. Alumni in attendance heard updates from UCD academics; were treated to a music recital and enjoyed delicious food and drinks whilst engaging in some long overdue networking.

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Alumni Reception San Francisco - 2 November 2022

The Alumni Relations Team with the support of the San Francisco Alumni Chapter arranged a wonderful reception at the University Club of San Francisco on Wednesday 2nd November. Alumni in attendance enjoyed a discussion featuring philanthropist, venture capitalist, and fellow alumnus John O' Farrell and Professor Andrew Keane, Director of the UCD Energy Institute.

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UCD Golden and Diamond Jubilee Reunion 2022

To celebrate the milestone Golden and Diamond Jubilee reunions, we were ecstatic to welcome Classes of 1962 and 1972 back to Belfield. Old college friends caught up with one another, took class photos, shared memories and mixed with faculty on this very special occasion. Special guests from the classes included Lochlann Quinn (BComm 1962), Breege O'Donoghue (BComm 1972), Tom Arnold (BAgrSc 1972), and David Donoghue (BA 1972).

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Class of 2020 Celebration - 24 June 2022

We were delighted to welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus for their Celebration Reunion. Comedian and UCD alum Fred Cooke kicked off the celebration in O’Reilly Hall by congratulating the class on all of their accomplishments, while class speaker Grace Oladipo inspired her classmates to not be afraid to dive head first into their futures. The celebration was followed by a reception in the new UCD Village, where everyone enjoyed food & drinks and partied till late with DJs, bands and entertainment.

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Bloomsday Alumni Reception London Mansion House - 16 June 2022

UCD Alumni Relations together with UCD alumnus, the Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny welcomed alumni to a reception in London's Mansion House to mark Bloomsday.

The Lord Mayor was a fantastic host, welcoming guests and reminiscing on his time as a student of the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Guests enjoyed drinks, canapés, great conversation and a Joycean recital by UCD Ad Astra Scholar Graham Butler Breen.

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Global Perspectives: Twin Cities - 26 June 2022

Minnesota-based alumni were delighted to attend a picnic to celebrate the return of the UCD Festival. The gathering took place at Boom Island Park, with the scenic Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline in the backdrop. The event was hosted by Chapter Rep Harry Aslesen and attendees enjoyed chats, snacks and yard games, not to mention the opportunity to catch up with classmates and connect with fellow alumni and semester abroad friends.

Global Perspectives: China - 16 June 2022

The UCD Global Centre and the Beijing Alumni Chapter were delighted to host a very special virtual event, featuring author and Joyce enthusiast Robert Grogan. The session discussed UCD’s most famous alumnus James Joyce on Bloomsday - the day depicted in Joyce's novel Ulysses.

Alumni across China came together for this fun and light-hearted webinar giving them an insight into Joyce’s literary masterpiece and offering advice on how best to read it.

Global Perspectives: Washington DC - 2 June 2022

UCD Alumni Relations and our Washington D.C. Chapter Rep Sierra Bower hosted a happy hour at Exiles Bar in DC to celebrate the return of the UCD Festival. The group, a mix of alumni and prospective students enjoyed a wonderful evening exchanging information, catching up with old classmates and of course making new friends!

Global Perspectives: Toronto - 5 June 2022

UCD Alumni Relations and our Toronto Chapter Reps hosted a fabulous evening of UCD Festival celebrations and traditional Irish music at Noonan's Bar in Toronto.

The group enjoyed an evening of Irish culture filled with mingling, drinks, finger food, and of course craic agus ceol!

Global Perspectives: Chicago - 26 May 2022

UCD Alumni Relations and our Chicago Chapter Rep Fiona McEntee hosted a happy hour at The Kerryman Pub in Chicago to celebrate the return of the UCD Festival.

The group enjoyed a wonderful evening catching up with old friends and classmates while also making new friends!

Global Perspectives: Paris - 22 May 2022

UCD Alumni Relations and our France Chapter Reps hosted a wonderful picnic in the courtyard of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris to celebrate the return of the UCD Festival.

Festivities took place with the backdrop of the “Following Ulysses” exhibition by photographer Deirdre Brennan whose photographic portraits feature images of contemporary Dublin whilst evoking James Joyce's masterpiece.

Global Perspectives: London - 14 May 2022

To celebrate the return of the UCD Festival, our London-based alumni enjoyed The Emerald City Walking Tour hosted by our London Chapter Reps and local guide Tony McDonnell.

The group rediscovered the city they call home as they walked from St Paul's Cathedral to The Royal Opera House, along Fleet Street, taking in tales of Parnell, Wolfe Tone, Goldsmith, Saint Bridget, Yeats & Oscar Wilde.

UCD College of Science Alumni, Friends & Staff BBQ - 13 May 2022

The UCD School of Environmental Science and the School of Earth Sciences along with UCD Alumni Relations were happy to welcome alumni, friends & staff back onto campus to celebrate 58 years of research and education in the College of Science.

The evening was kicked off by the university's Acting President, Prof. Mark Rogers. Followed by a short tour of the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, which opened in 2014, including a trip down memory lane to Science West, which has changed little since the mid 1960's.

A lovely evening spent with friends, colleagues, classmates and staff while reminiscing about time spent here and sharing of stories over a BBQ.

Ransomware: The current and evolving threat landscape

Ransomware attacks have been part of the global landscape for a while now and cost the global economy $20B in 2021. The victims of ransomware today are not only individuals, but also industries and governmental agencies, causing significant financial losses for them. In addition, cybercriminals have evolved their tactics and are becoming extremely aggressive, requiring a change to cybersecurity strategies.

Join our expert speakers Robert McArdle, Prof Darren Hayes, Victoria Baldie, and Dr Nhien An Le Khac to learn about Ransomware.

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Borders & Rights: Migrant Journeys

Over the last decade, the spectre of the ‘migrant crisis’ has dominated international social, political and legal discourses. Within Europe, the ‘migrant crisis’ starts with journeys from Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, most recently Ukraine, and further afield. Such journeys by migrants commence for a variety of reasons: war, discrimination, persecution, economic betterment, and at times an intermix of all of these.

This webinar provides an overview of some key issues emerging from such journeys – crossing borders, deflection of migrants, human rights law and policy. Sinéad Gibney, Sally Hayden, Bulelani Mfaco and Jack Pope provide differing experiences and perspectives on journeying across borders for migrants.

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Why is Ending Hunger so Difficult?

The risks of food insecurity have increased exponentially in the wake of a global pandemic. More than enough food is produced to feed the global population—but millions of people still go hungry. After steadily declining for a decade, world hunger is now on the rise again. Why do people still go hungry when we have “enough” food? Why is so much food wasted? What are the challenges of enabling productivity and profitability through sustainable systems of food production?

Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe, and expert panelists Dr Aifric O’Sullivan, Professor Jim Kinsella and Professor Dolores O’Riordan as they discuss progress being made on Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger both in Ireland and further afield.

This event took place within the framework of UCD’s membership of United Nations Academic Impact. UNAI aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realisation of UN goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.

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Ask the Vet: Your Dog and its Health

Owning a dog is a big responsibility and comes with a longtime commitment. If you have recently welcomed a furry friend into your life or are considering it in the future, join Kevin Murtagh (Assistant Professor at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine) and Rory Breathnach (Clinical Director at UCD Veterinary Hospital) as they discuss the key aspects for ensuring your dogs health and wellbeing. Topics include vaccinations, worming, common illnesses and more. All the important areas of care that you need to be aware of to ensure your dog is living their best life!

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Building a Sustainable Future with Business

It is essential that all businesses consider their impact on society and the environment over profits. Increasingly, organisations are obliged to incorporate sustainability into their business strategies. As companies come under increased pressure to meet their Environmental, Social & Governance goals, how can we know they are truly complying? In this episode, we discuss the shift successful organisations have made and the challenges of corporate citizenship. We also discuss how industry leaders can embrace sustainability to ensure the longevity of the planet; the practice of greenwashing and sustainability lip-service and how to combat it.

Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe with Ali Sheridan, Senior Sustainability and Climate Advisor and Laura Costello, Strategy Director; Thinkhouse. This conversation was led by UCD Vice-Principal for Research & Innovation – College of Business, Professor Donna Marshall.

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Responding to the Climate Crisis

Climate change presents the single biggest threat to current and future generations, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change starkest warning yet, urgent action to combat it and minimise its disruptions is integral to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the future of the planet.

Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe and expert panelists John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation at European Commission and Sadhbh O’Neill, Lecturer in Climate Policy and former Policy Coordinator for the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition In Conversation with Dr Andrew Jackson. Jackson is an environmental and planning lawyer, UCD Sutherland School of Law.

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