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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Ruby Jubilee – UCD Class of ’73 – June 2013

The Class of ’73 celebrated their Ruby Jubilee in UCD on Friday 21st June. Prof Mark Rogers, Deputy President welcomed the class back to UCD. The evening started with a presentation on campus developments followed by a short tour of the campus. Wine and canapés ended the evening and Prof Tom Brazil, Head of UCD Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering and also a BE alumnus from the Class of 1973, spoke on behalf of the Class evoking fond memories of student days and comparing their times as students to the life of a student now!

Bloomsday 2013 – Characters in Conversation – June 2013

UCD Alumni Relations were delighted to welcome Prof Frank McGuinness, Sinéad Cusack & Patrick Mason for a very special Bloomsday Characters in Conversation event.

Sinéad Cusack, Patrick Mason, Conor McPherson and Bob Crowley were awarded honorary doctorates from UCD earlier in the day and Tom Murphy was honoured with the Ulysses Medal. Full details of the honorary conferring here.

UCD Diamond Jubilee – Classes of ’43-’53 – May 2013

UCD Alumni Relations welcomed the Classes of ’43 – ’53 to O’Reilly Hall for their Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Denis Cotter BA represented the Class of ’43 and he was among 180 alumni & guests in attendance. Mr Justice Ronan Keane BA ’53 gave an address on behalf of the classes gathered.

Life Stories in the Period Houses – Senator Feargal Quinn – April 2013

Newman House was the setting for Life Stories, with UCD Alumnus Senator Feargal Quinn (BComm ’59), which gave guests a truly entertaining and personal insight into Senator Quinn’s early years gowing up on the northside of Dublin, student days, the retailing business and the Seanad. Ruth FergusonCurator of Newman House introduced us to Newman House and the history.

UCD Choral Scholars – Christmas Concerts – December 2012

UCD Choral Scholars were joined this year by performing-arts scholars of the UCD Ad Astra Academy, as solo artists and ensemble musicians. The concerts were held over three nights in Newman University Church with a mulled wine reception beforehand in Newman House. The concerts celebrated Christmas in many different musical styles, from the oldest music of the church to timeless Christmas classics in contemporary settings.

UCD Foundation Day Dinner – November 2012

The 2012 Foundation Day Medal recipient is businessman and acclaimed international, serial entrepreneur, UCD Alumnus Dr George Moore BComm ’72 MBS ’73. George is one of UCD’s most successful, distinguished, visionary and generous alumni.

UCD Golden Jubilee – Class of ’62 – September 2012

UCD Alumni Relations welcomed the Class of ’62 to Belfield on a sunny day in September to celebrate their Golden Jubilee and reconnect with classmates after 50 years.
The Hon. Mr Justice Niall Fennelly, BA ’62, spoke on behalf of the class, recalling with fondness his student days in Earlsfort Terrace.

UCD Woodland Walk – September 2012

RTÉ presenter, John Murray re-joined us this year for the 2nd annual UCD Woodland Walks. UCD Student Ambassadors guided alumni, family and friends along the various routes of woodland walks on the Belfield campus. Thanks to Ballygowan our water sponsors for the event.

UCD Sport & Fitness – Alumni Open Day – June 2012

UCD Alumni Relations welcomed back over 800 alumni, friends and families to the Open Day at the new Student Centre which houses UCD Sport & Fitness – Olympic-size pool, state of the art gym – and also a debating chamber, cinema, drama theatre and much more. These fabulous facilities were showcased with the help of UCD Student Ambassadors who engaged alumni with tours of the facilities and offered an insight into all activities that will be available for the current students when the Centre officially opens.

Ruby Jubilee – UCD Class of ’72 – June 2012

The Class of ’72 celebrated their Ruby Jubilee in UCD on Friday 22nd JuneUCD President, Dr Hugh Brady welcomed the class back to UCD – the evening started with a presentation on campus developments followed by a short tour of the campus including the newly opened UCD Student Centre which houses the Olympic-size pool, debating chamber, drama theatre and much more. Wine and canapés ended the evening and a thoroughly entertaining speech from Judge Adrian Hardiman BA ’72 recollecting his student days in UCD.

Bloomsday 2012 – Characters in Conversation – June 2012

Brenda Fricker joined UCD alumni Jim Sheridan (BA ’72) and Ryan Tubridy (BA ’94) for a very special Characters in Conversation on Bloomsday. This wonderfully entertaining event was followed by a student performance of Joyce’s Two Gallants by UCD Ad Astra Scholars & UCD Drama Society.

Daniel Day-LewisJim Sheridan, Brenda Fricker, Joan Bergin and Laura Mulvey were awarded honorary doctorates from UCD earlier on Bloomsday and UCD alumnus, Dr Tony Scott was honoured with the Ulysses Medal.

Life Stories in the Period Houses – John Teeling – May 2012

Ardmore House was the setting for Life Stories, with UCD Alumnus John Teeling (BComm ’66 MEconSc ’67), which gave guests a personal insight into John’s early years gowing up on the northside of Dublin, student days and lecturing in UCD, resource companies and Cooley. John Cashman, Global Brand Ambassador, Cooley Distillery led the tutored whiskey tasting and Ruth Ferguson, Curator of Newman House introduced us to Ardmore House and the history.

UCD Choral Scholars – Christmas Concerts – December 2011

UCD Choral Scholars were joined this year by Denise Kelly on harp and the wind quintet Gael Winds. A sell-out success for both evenings. Guests enjoyed a mulled wine reception in Newman House prior to the concert next door in Newman University Church. Click here (youtube) for their encore at the final performance.

UCD Foundation Day Dinner – November 2011

Bill Whelan BCL ’73 awarded UCD Foundation Day Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements and his contribution to Irish music worldwide.

Bill Whelan has been at the centre of Irish musical life for over thirty years and is best known for composing the original seven minute orchestral piece for Riverdance.

UCD Woodland Walks – September 2011

Over 500 alumni, family and friends gathered in O’Reilly Hall for the launch of the UCD Woodland Walks. RTÉ presenter and walking enthusiast, John Murray introduced the walks and wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna delivered a presentation on the flora and fauna along the walks. Thanks to Ballygowan our water sponsors for the event.

UCD Golden Jubilee – Class of ’61 – September 2011

The Class of ’61 celebrated their Golden Jubilee on Friday 23rd September in O’Reilly Hall, UCD. Desmond Green, BE ’61, spoke on behalf of the class.

UCD Ruby Jubilee – Class of ’71 – June 2011

The Class of ’71 arrived in UCD on Friday 24th June to celebrate their Ruby Jubilee. The class enjoyed a tour of the campus and a presentation in the Clinton Auditorium, followed by a reception. Sean Finlay BSc ’71 was the guest speaker on the evening.

Characters in Conversation – April 2011

Dermot Weld & Tracy Piggott

Dermot Weld (MVB ’70) and Tracy Piggott drew a crowd at the UCD Alumni Relations event ‘Characters in Conversation’. The conversation centered around Dermot’s time in UCD and of course the racing industry.

UCD Sigerson Centenary Dinner – March 2011

UCD Sigerson Centenary Dinner in association with Ulster Bank and the GAA, took place in O’Reilly Hall and honoured the Sigerson Cup Team of the Century.

Characters in Conversation – February 2011

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh (BA ’52 HDipEd’53 DPA ’56 BComm ’60) & Colm O’Rourke (BA ’78 HDipEd ’79) entertained a sell-out crowd in UCD with talk of the 50s, 70s and all things GAA.