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The countdown has begun! 5 more weeks until our Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Join us on a day where we celebrate the Class of 1968 and 1958 graduates. It is not too late to register! Register online via our alumni portal bit.ly/2MV2rRK or call us on 01 7161447 #ucdalumni #classof1968 #classof1958 ... See MoreSee Less

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The Women in Mathematics Day in Ireland (WIMDI) continues to be a forum to encourage, support, and inspire women and will this year include a celebration of the work of Sheila Tinney. Find out more or book your place today www.ucd.ie/mathstat/newsandevents/events/womeninmathematicsday/ ... See MoreSee Less

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UCD Graduate Studies

Thinking about starting a postgraduate degree with UCD? Why not explore all that the Belfield campus has to offer you on a UCD Campus Tour.

Our tours take place every Wednesday at 1pm and you can book online today: www.ucd.ie/graduateadmissions/campustours/
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UCD Graduate Studies

Thinking about starting a postgraduate degree with UCD? Why not explore all that the Belfield campus has to offer you on a UCD campus tour this summer.

Book your tour online today: www.ucd.ie/graduateadmissions/campustours/
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UCD Graduate Studies

Are you thinking about starting a graduate course in UCD? Why not visit and explore all your opportunities on a UCD campus tour.

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UCD School of Archaeology

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UCD School of Archaeology

Everything you wanted to know about Knowth in 6 Volumes
Now available free online

21 August 2018, Brú na Bóinne Visitor, Donore, Co. Meath, 6PM

To mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing free online its 6 books on Excavations at Knowth.

The Academy’s aim is to spark new research on Knowth and to help those researching the newly discovered sites in the Unesco World Heritage site of Brú na Bóinne.

Knowth is the biggest of the passage tombs discovered so far - bigger than Newgrange - and boasts the largest collection of Neolithic art. It is older than the Egyptian pyramids and older than Stonehenge.

Director of the Knowth excavations Prof George Eogan’s of UCD School of Archaeology's own account of finding the Eastern passage tomb 50 years ago this month: ‘30 July 1968, during…excavation…a small hole appeared along the main east–west baulk. The following day I entered this cavity’ ‘1 August…all four passages were explored…this confirmed…what appeared to be a longer, megalithic passage’ ‘the richness and abundance of megalithic art…occurred on almost every orthostat…even some of the roof corbels were decorated’ ‘Standing in a…virtually intact structure…built more than 5,000 years previously…the first person to enter in over 1,000 years—what a privilege!’
Extracted from Volume 6.

This project is in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Commenting on the launch, Minister Josepha Madigan said “It has been a summer of fantastic archaeological discovery at our World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, discoveries which have enthralled many right across the globe. Our shared mission is to make our heritage accessible to all and it is fantastic that the results of these internationally important archaeological excavations at Knowth are being made freely available to researchers and to the public who share our fascination with the archaeological wonders of Brú na Bóinne”.
The Neolithic passage tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath, date to approximately 3,200BC. The site consists of one large tumulus (the Great Mound, which houses two large passage tombs) and 20 smaller satellite tombs. Overall, Knowth has had a history, though not continuous, of ritual and settlement spanning roughly six-thousand years—from the beginning of the Neolithic to the modern era.

The books and other archive material that make up the collection being launched, including photographs, can be accessed at www.ria.ie. The electronic resource is hosted by the Digital Repository of Ireland, a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data. The launch was attended by over 100 people, many of whom were involved in the excavations at Knowth over the past fifty years.

Background

The Neolithic passage tombs at Knowth, Co. Meath, date to approximately 3,200bc. The site, consisting of one large tumulus (the Great Mound) and 20 smaller satellite tombs, is older than the Egyptian pyramids; older than Stonehenge. Overall, Knowth has had a history, though not continuous, of ritual and settlement spanning roughly six-thousand years—from the beginning of the Neolithic to the modern era.

Irish passage tombs are widely recognised as outstanding architectural achievements, and the Great Mound at Knowth, which still dominates the landscape today, is a particularly fine example. Those who built it constructed two passage tombs beneath it; each of which has a large burial chamber. The western passage tomb, which is approximately 34m long and ends in an undifferentiated chamber, was rediscovered on 11 July 1967. Just over a year later, on 1 August 1968, an even more dramatic discovery was made: a second, larger tomb (its passage just over 40m long) lay back-to back with the western one. This eastern passage tomb ended in a cruciform chamber with a magnificent corbelled roof. There was a carved stone basin containing cremated remains in the right-hand recess of the chamber.

The main tumulus at Knowth has been in state hands as a national monument since 1939. A modern programme of archaeological excavation and associated research began in June 1962, directed by George Eogan. As it progressed, that excavation programme uncovered up to 20 smaller passage tombs in the vicinity of the Great Mound. In 1987, the Boyne Valley Archaeological Park was established, incorporating Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth; in 1993, the entire area was designated by UNESCO as the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site. The Office of Public Works has overall responsibility for the site at Knowth, which is open to the public seven days a week from April to October. Access is managed via Brú na Bóinne interpretative visitor centre, opened in 1997 near Donore, Co. Meath, on the south side of the River Boyne.

The launch will take place at Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre on 21 August 2018, in collaboration with the OPW. The individual volumes in the series deal with aspects of prehistoric activity at Knowth (vols 1 and 2); the animal bone assemblage from Knowth, including an overview of the archaeological evidence for the use of animal resources in Ireland in the early medieval era (vol. 3); the historical role of Knowth and wider Brú na Bóinne (vol. 4); the archaeology of the site during the first and second millennia ad and the artefacts found at Knowth from that period (vol. 5); and the archaeological evidence for the achievements of the passage tomb builders who constructed and used the Great Mound c. 3200–2900 bc (vol. 6). Knowth and the other passage tombs in the Boyne Valley contain the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe. The hardcopy version of the seventh volume in the Excavations at Knowth series, which will present the megalithic art from Knowth, is currently in preparation.
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The Jensma family from Co. Louth and Mary Colgan from Beauparc, Co. Meath watching Dr. Steve Davis from UCD School of ArchaeologyArch on video talking about our latest excavations. ... See MoreSee Less

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Week 2 of the 2018 Glendalough Excavations with community and student volunteers went very well despite some short periods of bad weather. The excavations are undertaken by UCD School of Archaeology with support from Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council for the first two weeks of community archaeology. On Saturday 11th we were joined by an enthusiastic group of 13-17 year olds and their parents. Unfortunately it was a very wet day so we invited them to return on Saturday 18th the “The Big Dig” was also on site for younger children. This week we had many new volunteers and some welcome returnees from last week and last year. Our thanks to Aisling, Alan, Barbara, Carina, Charlie, Chris, Ciarán, Cormac, Dara, Derek, Dominic, Eliza, Gillian, John, Joseph, Laura, Lauren, Lily, Lorraine, Lua, Margaret, Maria, Mary, Mary, Maura, Maurice, Melissa, Nessa, Nicola, Nina, Peter, Ray, Richard, Sadbh, Sarah, Senan, Sonia and Thomas. In total over the two weeks we have has some 55 community members working on this year’s excavation volunteering well over 100 work days. We are grateful to all who participated and the UCD students starting their Field School next week have much to live up to.
The main objectives this week were to continue excavating down into the stone façade in the ditch area, excavating pits and postholes on the monastery side of the trench and exploring the possible rectangular structure indicated by geophysical survey outside the ditch on the western side of the trench. We seem to below the depth of agricultural disturbance in all areas with finds of medieval pottery including more Minety Ware from Wiltshire that may join last year’s pieces, iron objects, slag and a pin.
The overall excavation project has also been made possible with considerable practical support from the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Office of Public Works. Once again UCD student volunteers working with the community made a great contribution and our thanks go to Orlaith Harford, Keith Woods, Jessica Gleman and Kevin Tillison.
We were also visited this week by Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage to record the first in a new podcast series call “Amplify Archaeology”. It features feature Prof. Graeme Warren, McDermott and a range of community and student volunteers interviewed during the excavation and is free to access here: www.abartaheritage.ie/amplify-archaeology-podcast-episode-1-glendalough/
From Monday 20th-Friday 24th as part of Heritage Week we will be giving guided tours of the excavations at 2.00pm each day (meet at the round tower). For those that are interested this is followed at 3.00pm by a guided tour of the graveyard trail by the members of the Community Graveyard Survey.Week 2 of the 2018 Glendalough Excavations with community and student volunteers went very well despite some short periods of bad weather. The excavations are undertaken by UCD School of Archaeology with support from Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council for the first two weeks of community archaeology. On Saturday 11th we were joined by an enthusiastic group of 13-17 year olds and their parents. Unfortunately it was a very wet day so we invited them to return on Saturday 18th the “The Big Dig” was also on site for younger children. This week we had many new volunteers and some welcome returnees from last week and last year. Our thanks to Aisling, Alan, Barbara, Carina, Charlie, Chris, Ciarán, Cormac, Dara, Derek, Dominic, Eliza, Gillian, John, Joseph, Laura, Lauren, Lily, Lorraine, Lua, Margaret, Maria, Mary, Mary, Maura, Maurice, Melissa, Nessa, Nicola, Nina, Peter, Ray, Richard, Sadbh, Sarah, Senan, Sonia and Thomas. In total over the two weeks we have has some 55 community members working on this year’s excavation volunteering well over 100 work days. We are grateful to all who participated and the UCD students starting their Field School next week have much to live up to.
The main objectives this week were to continue excavating down into the stone façade in the ditch area, excavating pits and postholes on the monastery side of the trench and exploring the possible rectangular structure indicated by geophysical survey outside the ditch on the western side of the trench. We seem to below the depth of agricultural disturbance in all areas with finds of medieval pottery including more Minety Ware from Wiltshire that may join last year’s pieces, iron objects, slag and a pin.
The overall excavation project has also been made possible with considerable practical support from the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the Office of Public Works. Once again UCD student volunteers working with the community made a great contribution and our thanks go to Orlaith Harford, Keith Woods, Jessica Gleman and Kevin Tillison.
We were also visited this week by Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage to record the first in a new podcast series call “Amplify Archaeology”. It features feature Prof. Graeme Warren, Conor McDermott and a range of community and student volunteers interviewed during the excavation and is free to access here: www.abartaheritage.ie/amplify-archaeology-podcast-episode-1-glendalough/
From Monday 20th-Friday 24th as part of Heritage Week we will be giving guided tours of the excavations at 2.00pm each day (meet at the round tower). For those that are interested this is followed at 3.00pm by a guided tour of the graveyard trail by the members of the Community Graveyard Survey.
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It’s All-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday! Our wonderful game traces its origins back across a thousand years and earlier. Old Irish laws account for the possession of a personal playing stick, the injuries sustained in game, the playing pitches, and the audience. Irish narrative literature and sagas mention the astounding feats of great heroic players, and listeners could have imagined these things happening in real life. We have archaeological evidence for medieval playing sticks - like this replica of the Derries Hurley at our Centre for Experimental Archaeology - and medieval hair hurling balls. It’s All-Ireland Hurling Sunday, and after a thrilling championship, it’s Galway-Limerick. If you’ve never seen it played, watch this match from 2013.

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#hurling #GAA #ireland #ireland🍀 #summer #UCD @myucd @universitycollegedublin @ucd_experimental_archaeology
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UCD Sport

6 days ago

UCD Sport

Absolutely delighted and honoured to have World Cup silver medallists, UCD Captain and Law graduate Deirdre Duke, Economics student Lena Tice and Irish Captain and Engineering Masters graduate Katie Mullan here on campus with us today showing us their wonderful silverware! ... See MoreSee Less

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Best of luck Patrick! The European Championships kicks off tomorrow in Dublin and our very own Patrick Flanagan will be in action on Tuesday! #teamireland 💚🇮🇪☘️💙Best of luck to our Longford native Patrick Flanagan in the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships next week! His first race will be Tuesday morning, be sure to come and support! #Dublin2018
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🎉🙏 The first of many big days for the #LeavingCert class of 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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UCD School of Law

15 hours ago

UCD School of Law

Marian Keyes' World 20th Aug 2018

The latest update from our alumna Marian Keyes BCL '84 (recorded Saturday) finds her with a bug of some kind that's going around, but looking forward to going "badly feral" while Himself is away climbing a mountain and a family trip to Limerick and Clare.

For her reading recommendations, this week she first picked books republished by Persephone Books: EM Delafield's "Diary of a Provincial Lady" ("lovely ... she's gas, she's wry") and Dorothy Whipple's "Because of the Lockwoods". She is planning to read Gerald Seymour's political thriller "A Damned Serious Business" (Hodder Books) ; she has found his previous books "intelligent and well-researched ... always very current ... very engrossing ... and very interesting.")

She doesn't know any of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing contestants for 2018, apart from Katie Piper but she's looking forward to remedying that.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0WUosg1WhYMarian talks Mammies and books. (and Autumn & Strictly)
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SPARC UCD 2018

SPARC (Supporting Partnerships And Realising Change) helps UCD staff and students work side-by-side to make UCD and/or the surrounding community a better place to learn, work and live. UCD Career Development Centre (University College Dublin) supports projects of this kind with funding, training and its expertise in project planning and implementation.

Previous SPARC projects have included one raising the profile of Rosemount environmental research station and enhancing its contribution to life on campus, the UCD Deaf Awareness Series which raised awareness in UCD and the surrounding community of ISL (Irish Sign Language) and the experience of the Irish Deaf Community, a video that explains alternative pathways to becoming a UCD student (which features our student Joy Kangere), a welcome day for Traveller families and a Sociology podcast that brings students and faculty together to discuss current issues from a social science perspective.

www.ucd.ie/careers/sparc/projects/

The deadline for applications to take part in SPARC this year is Friday, 12 October 2018.

For more information, see:

www.ucd.ie/careers/sparc/apply/
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UCD Science

6 days ago

UCD Science

Applications are now open for Springboard+ H.Dip Computer Science (ICT Skills Conversion) at University College Dublin.

Apply here - springboardcourses.ie/details/6309

Depending on eligibility, the course is either FREE or 90% subsidised - see springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

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UCD Science

Are you thinking about studying in UCD? Why not explore the campus and find out more about our courses on a Campus Tour with one of our Student Ambassadors.

Our tours run Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 1pm and you can register for them online today by visiting www.ucd.ie/myucd/campustours
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UCD Medicine

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UCD School of Medicine

University College Dublin
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Comhghairdeas le gach éinne a fuair rogha ón oifig iontrála inniú & míle fáilte roimh gach éinne a bheidh ag teacht go UCD! Gaeloideachas University College Dublin ... See MoreSee Less

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Administrators and Bainisteorí
As a fun exercise and in anticipation of this year’s All-Ireland football final, we challenged ourselves to come up with a fantasy UCD Medicine Gaelic football team comprising students, staff or alumni who have represented their county (or UCD) at underage, minor or senor level.

The Backroom Team (Roighnóirí)
Like any good GAA team, you need to start with officialdom and mobilise some serious operators – people who know politics and how to handle themselves. Our Chairman, Prof Brendan Drumm is UCD Professor of Paediatrics and together with Ard Stiúrthóir, Prof Micheál Peadar Ban Mac Aoidháin (UCD Medicine 1989, Medicine Dean and Head of School), they have assembled a formidable management team with 11 All Ireland connections to their name.

Na Bainisteoirí
Would be rock star bassist and Clanna Gael Fontenoy U9’s coach, Prof Walter Cullen is the principal reason this nonsense started, by throwing down the gauntlet to yours truly, Maor Uisce, Pól Ó hÉarcáin. A great nurturer of underage talent, the UCD Professor of Urban General Practice is expected to feature several current students within his first squad. Compensating for Walter’s relative inexperience at a senior management level, the Administrators have bolstered the Management Team with two giants of the game.

A member of the legendary Dublin team of the seventies, Dr Pat O’Neill (UCD Medicine 1974) won two All-Ireland Senior Football (1976, 1977) and two National Football League medals (1976, 1978). He ended a (relatively) long barren spell for the county by leading them to All-Ireland success in 1995. The Left-half back became a sports medicine and orthopaedic physician at Mater Private Hospital and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Dr Eamon O’Sullivan (UCD Medicine 1925) can most probably be described as the Grandfather of Kerry Football. He was responsible for the development of Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney and trained the senior football team from 1924 until 1964. He shares with Mick O’Dwyer, the distinction of having trained eight All-Ireland winning teams although Eamon’s success was achieved over a 38 year period (1924, 1926, 1937, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1959, and 1962). His team were also losing finalists in 1964. A ‘man before his time’, Dr O’Sullivan was a visionary in his preparation of teams alternating innovative exercise routines and skills tuition with rest and play to create ‘wholetime collective training.’ He specialised in psychiatry, introducing the concept of occupational therapy and was the Resident Medical Superintendent at St Finan’s Hospital in Killarney until his retirement in 1962.

Once we had a strong backroom team, we set to work inviting nominees from any era and gender. It turned out to be surprisingly easy to construct a first fifteen, but the fun started when we had to assign squad numbers and positions. Here is what we’ve come up with. Who did we miss?

Background Staff & Roighnóirí
Without doubt, perhaps the most impressive part of the UCD Medicine Harps would be its back room team of volunteers and support staff.

Maor Foirne
No one quite knows what the Maor Foirne do, but everyone knows that they are vital to the success of any team that has All-Ireland ambitions. They are the mystical runners who encroach with impunity on the playing area and get into Croke Park without requiring a ticket. If they are lucky, they get to stand on the back of the trailer at the home coming.
You’d have to have Dublin and Kerry represented amongst the Maor Foirne and our Athena SWAN objective requires that we’ve both male and female representatives. So we’ve gone with a combination of Medicine and Radiography in the form of Kerry GP, Dr Gary Stack (UCD Medicine 1994) alongside St Brigid’s, Dr Jonathan McNulty and Na Fianna’s Prof Louise Rainford, both radiographers.

Medical Staff / Na Doctúirí
You’d expect a Medical School to be able to turn out an impressive squad of team doctors so it is no surprise that we’ve been able to name several with significant intercounty medical team experience. In fact, these 6 Doctors have over 130 years of medical experience behind them and have helped the current and previous Dublin senior footballers to All-Ireland success. Our medical team comprises former and current Dublin Senior Football Doctors, Prof Gerry McElvaney (UCD Med 1982), Mr Kiaran O’Malley (UCD Med 1992), and Dr Diarmuid Smith (UCD Med 1994), former Offaly and Tipperary Hurling doctor, Dr Brendan Murphy (UCD Med 2008), and Dr Tadhg Crowley (UCD Med 1992) who has helped Kilkenny to between 9 – 10 All-Ireland titles. FAI Women’s International Doctor, Dr Maeve Doheny (UCD Med 2006 and current staff member) completed the medical team.

Strength & Conditioning
Our strength and conditioning team has collectively something close to 100 years of professional experience. From an anatomy perspective, it features Parnell GAA’s Conor Lyons, a man who makes regular trips to the Kingdom to gloat about Dublin’s success and Galway’s Dr Tom Flanagan, who has a European Championship Shield medal with Maastricht Gaels. With the increasing prevalence of anterior and median cruciate ligament injuries, we are pleased to have radiographer Shane Foley, a man who has played hurling with Kerry and football with Cork. Competing the S&C line up is physiologist Dr Stuart Bund, current mentor with Skerries Harps Senior Men’s team and physiotherapist, Muthu Thangaramanujam, UCD Medicine PhD student.

About UCD Medicine Harps
Throughout our School's history, we’ve a proud tradition of students, staff and alumni representing their clubs, county and university in Gaelic Games. So as a fun exercise as we approach the business end of this year’s All-Ireland Football Championships, we thought we’d try to put together a UCD Medicine dream team. Players – male or female - of any county in any era, who were students, staff or graduates of the School and who represented their county at underage, minor or senior level football for inclusion in our 30-person All Star squad.
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Aspire to be a Clinician Scientist? The @ICATProgramme is seeking ambitious medical graduates in early stage higher specialist training to apply to our fellowship call (opening online next week t.co/vRFBXyiNQc).

Deadline 1st Oct 2018, Fellowships starting July 2019

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