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 In Conversation: "It’s Normal To Be Different"

UCD alumna, Caroline Casey, award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of the Valuable 500, appeared in conversation with Martina Fitzgerald, political journalist, author and fellow UCD alumna.

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UCD In Conversation: "Our Genes and the Fight Against Chronic Disease & COVID-19"

UCD alumnus, David Kavanagh PhD, Director of Clinical Partnerships at Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI) appeared in conversation with Professor William Gallagher, Director of the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research, to give us front line details about how understanding our genes can help us in the battle with chronic disease and COVID-19.

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Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership

It was wonderful to welcome over 700 people to O’Reilly Hall on Thursday 13 February to celebrate the fifth UCD Women in Leadership conference. A stellar lineup of speakers discussed topical issues facing all women at every stage of their career, including Resilience, Women in Tech and Leading the Cultural Change.
Caroline Casey, Founder of the Valuable 500 and Caroline Keeling, MD of Keelings both delivered keynote speeches and Prof Orla Feely, UCD VP for Research, Innovation and Impact opened the conference. It was introduced and closed by volunteer and UCD graduate Eimear O’Flynn, founder of the conference.
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UCD Alumni Reception at UCC

On Wednesday 5 February UCD  co-hosted an alumni reception in the wonderful surrounds of UCC's Aula Maxima.      A great evening of reminiscing and catching up was had by all with new connections made!



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Career Mentoring Programme 2019/20 - Meet & Greet

Now in its 6th year, we are delighted to share that the 2019/2020 UCD Career Mentoring Programme has welcomed over 400 student mentee and alumni mentor applications. This includes 2nd year students from the UCD College of Arts and Humanities, the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and the UCD College of Science (Chemistry).

This year, the student-led matching process has been hosted on the UCD Alumni Network. Through this programme, mentors will share their professional experience to help develop students’ understanding of the workplace, enhance their employability skills and add positively to their experience as students.

Alongside representatives from UCD Careers Network and UCD Alumni Relations, alumni and students attended the ‘Meet & Greet’ launch event on Wednesday, 5 February 2020 where many met each other for the first time.

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France Chapter Alumni Event, Paris 2020

In February we were delighted to welcome Paris-based alumni to the Centre Cultural Irlandis for a debate marking the feast of Saint Valentine. Hosted by the UCD Alumni Chapter, members of the UCD alumni community gathered to witness a lively argument on the motion, “This House Moves That All We Need Is Love”. Debaters included Chapter committee and previous L&H Society members. The UCD team defended the motion against a team from various NUI institutions, Trinity and Oxford. Happily, those in favour of the motion were the winners on the night, and UCD were delighted to prove that love is indeed all we need.

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Teach na Gaeilge UCD - 20 Bliain ag Fás

Bhí comhluadar, craic agus siamsaíocht den scoth i gClub nua na hOllscoile nuair a d'fhill iar mhic léinn de chuid Theach na Gaeilge, scéim chónaithe UCD, ar champas Belfield, 18 Eanáir 2020. Tá 20 bliain ann ó bunaíodh Teach na Gaeilge agus ba dheis iontach é d’alumni an tí, cairdeas a athnuachan agus aithne a chur ar na mic léinn scoláireachta reatha. I measc na n-aoieanna a d’fhreastal, bhí alumni ó Thaigh na Gàidhlig, Ollscoil Ghlaschú, rud a léirigh an dlúth- chairdeas idir an dá scéim. D’eagraigh iar mhic léinn Theach na Gaeilge cluichí, amhránaíocht agus damhsa le linn na hócáide, rud a chinntigh go raibh oíche den scoth ag cách.


On Saturday 18 January 2020, Gaeltacht UCD Director Clár Ní Bhuachalla welcomed past and current Teach na Gaeilge UCD scholars (UCD’s Irish Language Student Residence Scheme) to the UCD University Club where they celebrated the 20th anniversary of this award -winning language initiative. Graduates from a range of UCD Colleges, travelled from every corner of Ireland, the UK, and mainland Europe to attend the event. The University of Glasgow, Scotland was represented by Taigh na Gàidhlig alumni as the friendships formed by the celtic cousins via the Colmcille/Bord na Gàidhlig cultural exchanges continue to flourish. Teach na Gaeilge UCD alumni organised the entertainment; games and a quiz followed by party pieces in both Irish & Scottish Gaelic. The interactive activities encouraged great communication between past and current students and a fun filled night was had by all.

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Choral Scholars of UCD Christmas Concert 2019

Under the direction of their Artistic Director, Desmond Earley, the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin performed a programme of festive choral music titled ‘Be All Merry’ over three sold-out nights at Newman University Church. We were delighted to announce that this year we reinstated the pre-concert reception at Newman House.


UCD Sutherland School of Law Professors discuss their recent publications at MoLI

On Wednesday November 13 2019, members of the UCD Oireachtas Affinity Group, friends and academics gathered in Newman House to celebrate the publication of two books by Professors at UCD Sutherland School of Law.

Professor Colin Scott, Dean of Social Sciences and Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion acted as MC on the evening for the discussion between Professor Gavin Barrett, Head of Teaching and Learning at UCD Sutherland School of Law and Professor Imelda Maher, Head of Sutherland School of Law and Dean of Law, on the topic of parliaments and the EU.

UCD alumnus and former government minister Ruairí Quinn joined the panel as a discussant and provided valuable commentary on the wider context of Europe as a political entity. A lively discussion followed, joined by members of the audience.

The session was followed by refreshments and a private tour of the exhibition space in the Museum of Literature, Ireland.

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Twenty Years of the French Law Programmes

On Friday 8 November Imelda Maher, Dean of Law, Dr Marie-Luce Paris, Academic Director of the French Law Programmes and H.E. Stéphane Coruzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland hosted a night of celebration of Twenty Years of the French Law programmes.

The evening included speeches from Professor Imelda Maher, Dr Marie-Luce Paris and Professor Guillaume Lyte, President of University of Paris.  There were also speeches from our alumni Juliette Fauvarque class of 2016 and Richard Kelly Class of 2006.  Afterwards alumni, current students, speakers and guests enjoyed a reception with some lively conversation which was followed on by some to the UCD University Club.  A great evening was had by all.

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Walsh Lecture 2019

The annual Walsh Lecture, honouring the late Mr Justice Brian Walsh, a major event in the calendar for the UCD Sutherland School of Law and the recently established UCD Centre for Human Rights was held on November 6 2019 with record attendance.

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UCD Alumni Law Milestone Reunions

Professor Imelda Maher, Dean UCD Sutherland school of Law, was delighted to welcome so many of the classes of 1979,1989, 1999 and 2009 back for their Law Milestone Reunion which took place on Friday 18 October 2019.  It was a wonderful evening of renewing old friendships, sharing memories and learning about the latest developments in the UCD Sutherland school of law.

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Matheson Seminar 2019

In partnership with the UCD Sutherland School of Law, Matheson held a half-day event which focused on culture and governance in the financial services and the introduction by the Central bank of Ireland.

The morning was made up of two panel discussions with Q&A at each session. The first panel focused on SEAR:Background and Proposal with Lavinia Groves of Citi Group, Marion Kelly of Irish Banking Culture Board, Karen Reynolds of Matheson and Professor Takis Tridimas of King’s College London.  The second panel focused on Practical Implementation of the SEAR for Employers with Professor Niamh Brennan of UCD, Bryan Dunne of Matheson, Mark Hunt of The Bank of New York Mellon and Emma Nelson of Cit Group.  The seminar finished up with a networking lunch, a successful day had by all.

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UCD Alumni BP Panel Discussion London | November 2019

We were delighted to welcome London-based alumni to the BP HQ in St. James’s Square, London for a panel discussion on the topic of “Advancing the Energy Transition”. The evening was graciously hosted by BP Upstream CEO and UCD engineering alumnus Bernard Looney. The panel discussion was chaired by the UCD Dean of Engineering, Professor Aoife Ahern, who was joined by academic and UCD Energy Institute representative, Dr Eoin Syron and BP VP, Long-Term Strategy, Dominic Emery. It was a lively and informative session with guests enjoying canapes and networking following the discussion.

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Golden and Diamond Jubilee Reunion

The classes of 1959 and 1969 celebrated their 50th and 60th anniversary at a reunion lunch on Friday, 20 September 2019 in O’Reilly Hall, Belfield. The reunion was hosted by the President of UCD, Professor Andrew J Deeks.

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UCD Alumni Event Melbourne

Melbourne Chapter Representatives Sean McKeon and Shane Kilcullen joined UCD alumni based in Melbourne for an informal gathering at The Celtic Club in North Melbourne on Friday, 30 August 2019. Live Irish traditional music was performed in the background, while alumni mingled freely in a venue with great history being Australia’s first Irish club.

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UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats Event

UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats, an event to celebrate veterinary graduates’ sporting achievements, took place in Astra Hall in UCD on Friday, 19 July. The Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Michael Doherty, and colleagues from across the UCD Community were joined by a host of veterinary sporting stars. The event was hosted by RTÉ’s Evanne Ni Chuilinn.

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UCD Alumni Reception Beijing 2019

We were delighted to welcome a packed room to the elegant Kempinksi Hotel in Chaoyang, Beijing for an alumni reception on July 06. The event was hosted by UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and attended by H.E. Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland. The evening was chaired by Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement, Professor Paul Fanning, who was joined by Director of UCD Global, Dr Douglas Proctor for a Q&A session. The Q&A panel featured Beijing-Dublin International College Assistant Professor, Zuzanna Studnika and UCD alumna, Yitong Li. Guests enjoyed food inspired by local cuisine whilst chatting and mingling.

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UCD Global Festival 2019

This summer we were thrilled to hold seven global events to mark the 4th UCD Festival. These events demonstrate our growing global connections and the development of our international alumni chapters. From an iftar gathering in the Middle East to a Trivia Night in Boston, the events were as diverse as our chapters and their locations. We look forward to the scope of the celebrations expanding even further next year. If you are based overseas, check our website to see if we have a chapter in your location.

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UCD School of Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019

The UCD Medicine Alumni Reunion 2019 took place on Friday, 17 May 2019 in the O’Reilly Hall, featuring the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009 and 2018.  The graduates of the Class of 2018 were invited as part of the Medical Graduate Association’s graduate mentoring initiative. The reunion gala dinner followed the Alumni Symposium which took place earlier in the day.

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