University College Dublin (commonly referred to as UCD; ga, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Baile Átha Cliath) is a research university in
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, Ireland, and a member institution of the National University of Ireland. With 33,284 students, it is Ireland's largest university, and amongst the most prestigious universities in the country. Five
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are among UCD's alumni and current and former staff. UCD originates in a body founded in 1854, which opened as the Catholic university of Ireland on the Feast of Saint Malachy and with
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as its first rector; it re-formed in 1880 and chartered in its own right in 1908. The Universities Act, 1997 renamed the constituent university as the "National University of Ireland, Dublin", and a ministerial order of 1998 renamed the institution as "University College Dublin – National University of Ireland, Dublin". Originally located at St Stephen's Green in the Dublin city centre, all faculties have since relocated to a campus at Belfield, four kilometres to the south of the city centre. In 1991, it purchased a second site in Blackrock. This currently houses the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. A report published in May 2015 showed the economic output generated by UCD and its students in Ireland amounted to €1.3 billion annually.


UCD can trace its history to the institution founded in 1854 as the Catholic University of Ireland. It became University College Dublin in 1908 under the Universities Act.

Catholic University of Ireland

After the Catholic Emancipation period of Irish history, Archbishop of Armagh (Roman Catholic), Archbishop of Armagh attempted to provide for the first time in Ireland higher-level education for followers of the Catholic Church and taught by such people. The Catholic Hierarchy demanded a Catholic alternative to the University of Dublin's Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College, whose Anglicanism, Anglican origins the Hierarchy refused to overlook. Since the 1780s, the University of Dublin had admitted Catholics to study; a religious test, however, hindered the efforts of Catholics in their desire to obtain membership of the University's governing bodies. Thus, in 1850 at the Synod of Thurles, it was decided to open a university in Dublin for Catholics. As a result of these efforts, a new "Catholic University of Ireland" opened in 1854 on St Stephen's Green, with
John Henry Newman John Henry Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890) was an English theologian and poet, first an Anglican ministry, Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and Cardinal (Catholic Church), cardinal, who was an important and controv ...
appointed as its first rector. The Catholic University opened its doors on the feast of St Malachy, 3 November 1854. In 1855, the Catholic University Medical School was opened on Cecilia Street. As a private university, Catholic University was never given a royal charter, and so was unable to award recognised degrees and suffered from chronic financial difficulties. Newman left the university in 1857. In 1861, Bartholomew Woodlock was appointed Rector and served until he became Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise in 1879. Henry Neville (Rector), Henry Neville was appointed Rector to replace Woodlock. In 1880, the Royal University of Ireland was established and allowed students from any college to take examinations for a degree.

Foundation of University College Dublin

In 1882, Catholic University reorganised and the St. Stephen's Green institution was renamed University College, and it began participating in the Royal University system. In 1883, Fr William Delany (Jesuit), William Delany SJ was appointed the first president of University College. The college attracted academics from around Ireland, including Father (title), Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins and James Joyce. Some notable staff and students at the school during this period included Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, Patrick Pearse, Hugh Kennedy, Eoin MacNeill, Kevin O'Higgins, Tom Kettle, James Ryan (Irish politician), James Ryan, Douglas Hyde and John A. Costello. In 1908, the National University of Ireland was founded and the following year the Royal University was dissolved. This new University was brought into existence with three constituent University Colleges – Dublin, Galway and Cork. Following the establishment of the NUI, D. J. Coffey, Professor of Physiology, Catholic University Medical School, became the first president of UCD. The Medical School in Cecilia Street became the UCD Medical Faculty and the Faculty of Commerce was established. Under the Universities Act, 1997, University College Dublin was established as a constituent university within the National University of Ireland framework. In 1911, land donated by Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, Lord Iveagh helped the university expand in Earlsfort Terrace/Hatch Street/ St Stephen's Green. Iveagh Gardens was part of this donation.

UCD and the Irish War of Independence

UCD is a major holder of archives of national and international significance relating to the Irish War of Independence. In 1913, in response to the formation of the Ulster Volunteers, Eoin MacNeill, professor of early Irish history, called for the formation of an Irish nationalist force to counteract it. The Irish Volunteers were formed later that year and MacNeill was elected its Chief-of-staff. At the outbreak of World War I, in view of the Government of Ireland Act 1914, Home Rule Act 1914 and the political perception that it might not be implemented, the leader of the Home Rule Party, John Redmond, urged the Irish Volunteers to support the British war effort as a way of supporting Irish Home Rule. This effort on behalf of Home Rule included many UCD staff and students. Many of those who opposed this move later participated in the Easter Rising. Several UCD staff and students participated in the rising, including Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, Michael Hayes (politician), Michael Hayes and James Ryan (Irish politician), James Ryan, and a smaller number, including Tom Kettle and Willie Redmond, fought for the British in World War I. Many UCD staff, students and alumni fought in the Irish War of Independence. Following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, four UCD graduates joined the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, government of the Irish Free State. UCD graduates have since participated in Irish political life – three of the nine President of Ireland, Presidents of Ireland and six of the fourteen Taoiseach, Taoisigh have been either former staff or graduates.


In 1926, the University Education (Agriculture and Dairy Science) Act transferred the Royal College of Science in Merrion Street and Albert Agricultural College in Glasnevin to UCD. In 1933, Belfield House was purchased for sporting purposes.

Move to Belfield

In 1940, Arthur Conway was appointed president. By the early 1940s, the college had become the largest third-level institution in the state and the college attempted to expand the existing city-centre campus. It was later decided that the best solution would be to move the college to a larger greenfield site outside of the city centre and create a modern campus university. This move started in the early 1960s when the faculty of science moved to the new park campus at Belfield in a suburb on the south side of Dublin. The Belfield campus developed into a complex of modern buildings and inherited Georgian townhouses, accommodating the colleges of the University as well as its student residences and many leisure and sporting facilities. One of UCD's previous locations, the ''Royal College of Science'' on Merrion Street is now the location of the renovated Irish Government Building, where the Department of the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) is situated. University College Dublin also had a site in Glasnevin for much of the last century, the Albert Agricultural College, the southern part of which is now occupied by Dublin City University, the northern part is where Ballymun town is located.


The new campus was largely designed by A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects and includes several notable structures, including the UCD Water Tower which was built in 1972 by John Paul Construction. The Tower won the 1979 Irish Concrete Society Award. It stands 60 metres high with a dodecahedron tank atop a pentagonal pillar. The Tower is part of the UCD Environmental Research Station.


In 1964, Jeremiah Hogan was appointed president and Thomas E. Nevin led the science faculty to move to a new campus at Belfield. Also that year, UCD became the first University in Europe to launch an MBA programme. In 1967, Donogh O'Malley proposed a plan to merge UCD and Trinity. Between 1969 and 1970, the Faculties of Commerce, Arts and Law move to Belfield. In 1972, Thomas Murphy was appointed president. In 1973, the library opened. In 1980, the college purchased Richview and 17.4 acres and the architecture faculty moved there. In 1981, the Sports Complex opened. In 1986, Patrick Masterson was appointed president. During the 1990s, some of the students of Women's Studies petitioned to rename their Gender Studies building after Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington to honour her contribution to women's rights and equal access to third-level education. Her husband Francis Sheehy-Skeffington was himself an alumnus of the university and Hanna of the Royal University, a sister university of UCD. Their campaign was successful and the building was renamed the Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Building. In 1990, the UCD purchases Carysfort College, Blackrock, and became the location of the Smurfit Graduate school of business. The first student village, Belgrove, opened that year as well. In 1992, the second student village, Merville, opened and the Centre for Film studies is established. In 1993, Art Cosgrove was appointed president. In 1994, O'Reilly Hall was opened. In Malaysia, UCD, together with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), owns a branch campus within George Town, Penang, George Town, the capital city of the Penang, State of Penang. Established in 1996, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus (RUMC) offers a twinning programme in Medicine where students spend the first half of their course in either RCSI or UCD, before completing their clinical years at RUMC.


In 2003, NovaUCD, a Euro Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre opened. In 2004, Hugh Brady was appointed president. In 2006, UCD Horizons begins. In 2009, Trinity and UCD announce the Innovation Alliance. In 2010, NCAD and UCD form an academic alliance. In 2012 the expanded Student and Sports Centre opened. In 2012, the college closed the athletics track and field facilities and students demanded an apology. In 2013, the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science opened and the UCD Sutherland School of Law opened. It is now the largest Common law, Common Law law school in the European Union. In 2015, UCD opened a global centre in the US. In 2019, UCD became the first Irish university to launch a Africana studies, Black Studies module, coordinated by Dr Ebun Joseph and Prof Kathleen Lynch (academic), Kathleen Lynch.


Colleges and schools

UCD consists of six colleges, their associated schools (37 in total) and multiple research institutes and centres. Each college also has its own Graduate School, for postgraduates. List of colleges and their respective schools following restructuring in September 2015. ; UCD College of Arts and Humanities : UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy : UCD School of Classics : UCD School of English, Drama and Film : UCD School of History : UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore : UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics : UCD School of Music ; UCD College of Business : UCD School of Business ::UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business ::UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business ; UCD College of Engineering and Architecture : UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy : UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering : UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering : UCD School of Civil Engineering : UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering : UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering ; UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences : UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science : UCD School of Medicine : UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems : UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science : UCD School of Veterinary Medicine ; UCD College of Social Sciences and Law : UCD School of Archaeology : UCD School of Economics : UCD School of Education : UCD School of Geography : UCD School of Information and Communication Studies : UCD School of Law : UCD School of Philosophy : UCD School of Politics and International Relations : UCD School of Psychology : UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice : UCD School of Sociology ; UCD College of Science : UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science : UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science : UCD School of Chemistry : UCD School of Computer Science : UCD School of Earth Sciences : UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics : UCD School of Physics

UCD College of Business

The UCD College of Business is made up of the Quinn School of Business, the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and UCD Business International Campus. The former constituent school, the UCD Quinn School of Business (commonly The Quinn School), is the building in which the UCD College of Business's undergraduate programme is based. It is located in a three-story building on the Belfield campus and is named after Lochlann Quinn, one of the main financial contributors to the school. Other donors included Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks, AIB, Irish Life and Permanent, Irish Life & Permanent, Accenture, KPMG, PwC, Dunnes Stores and Ernst & Young. When first opened in 2002, it claimed to be the only business school in Europe with a specific focus on technology and e-learning.

UCD Horizons

At the beginning of the 2005/2006 academic year, UCD introduced the ''Horizons'' curriculum, which completely semesterised and modularised all undergraduate. Under the new curriculum, students choose ten core modules from their specific subject area and two other modules, which can be chosen from any other programme at the University.


Patrons and benefactors

The initial patrons and benefactors of UCD were the Catholic Church. Undergraduate fees are funded in part by the Irish State (for EU citizens) and by students themselves. Amongst the most recent patrons include actor Gregory Peck, who was a founding patron of the School of Film. Other benefactors include Lochlann Quinn (UCD Quinn School of Business), Michael Smurfit ( Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School), Peter Sutherland (Sutherland School of Law), Tony O'Reilly (O'Reilly Hall) and Denis O'Brien (O'Brien Science Centre).


In the 2021 QS World University Rankings, UCD was ranked as 177th in the world. The 2020 QS World University Rankings for employability and reputation rate UCD as 1st in Ireland and 78th in the world. The 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed UCD in the range of 251–300. It also ranked it 35th in the 2020 Impact Rankings and 25th in the Impact Ranking, Industry. The QS World University Rankings, QS Subject Ranking: Veterinary Science, 2018 ranked UCD 24th globally and 1st in Ireland. The 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranked UCD as the top university in Ireland and 226th globally. UCD's Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is ranked 21st in the Financial Times' ranking of leading European Business Schools in 2019. The business school's Masters in International Management is ranked 8th in the world. UCD was The Sunday Times University of the Year 2006 and 2020.

Research and innovation

UCD had a research income of €114.1 million during 2013/14. The School of Physics hosts research groups in; Astrophysics, space science and relativity theory (members of the VERITAS and INTEGRAL experiments) and Experimental particle physics (participating in the Large Hadron Collider experiments LHCb and Compact Muon Solenoid, CMS).

Research institutes

File:UCDNova.jpg, Front entrance, NovaUCD Amongst the research institutes of the university are: * Complex and adaptive systems laboratory * Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation * UCD Institute of Food & Health * UCD Earth Institute * UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute - for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation. Founded in 2000 as part of the UCD-OFM (Orders of Friars Minor) Partnership which also initiated the transfer of the priceless Irish Franciscan archive to UCD, which included the papers of Eamon De Valera.

External collaborations

Wide partnerships in which UCD is involved include: * Adaptive Information Cluster (with Dublin City University, DCU) * Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (with National University of Ireland, Galway, NUI Galway and Dublin City University, DCU) * Centre for research on adaptive nanostructures and nanodevices (with Trinity College, Dublin, TCD and University College Cork, UCC) * CTVR Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain-Driven Research (with Dublin City University, DCU, Trinity College, Dublin, TCD, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, NUI Maynooth, University College Cork, UCC, University of Limerick, UL, Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT and Institute of Technology, Sligo, Sligo IT). * National Digital Research Centre (with Dublin City University and Trinity College, Dublin). * National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (with Dublin City University, Trinity College, Dublin and Institute of Technology, Sligo, Sligo IT). *Programme for Research on Grid-enabled Computational Physics of Natural Phenomena (with Dublin City University, DCU, Trinity College, Dublin, TCD, University College Cork, UCC Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, DIAS, National University of Ireland, Galway, NUI Galway, HEAnet, Met Éireann, Armagh Observatory and Grid Ireland). * Advanced Biomimetic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion with the University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Airtricity, OBD-Tec and Celtic Catalysts.

Current and former campus companies

The most prominent UCD-related company is the IE Domain Registry; many UCD academics continue to sit on the board of directors. UCD originally gained control of the .ie domain in the late 1980s. The NovaUCD initiative is UCD's innovation and technology transfer centre, funded through a public-private partnership. In 2004, Duolog relocated its Dublin headquarters to NovaUCD.

Satellite development

The Educational Irish Research Satellite 1 or EIRSAT-1 is a 2U CubeSat under development at UCD and will be Ireland's first satellite.

Student life

Students' Union

The students' union in the college has been an active part of campaigns run by the National Union, Union of Students in Ireland, USI, and has played a role in the life of the college since its foundation in 1974. The Union has also taken stances on issues of human rights that have hit the headlines in Ireland and around the world, in particular it implemented a ban of Coca-Cola products in Student Union controlled shops on the basis of alleged human and trade union rights abuses in Colombia. This ban was overturned in 2010.


UCD has over 60 sports clubs based on campus with 28 sports scholarships awarded annually. UCD competes in the most popular Irish field sports of Gaelic Games, Hurling, Soccer and Rugby Union. UCD is the only Irish university to compete in both the major Irish leagues for rugby and soccer with University College Dublin A.F.C. and University College Dublin R.F.C. competing in the top leagues of their respective competitions. UCD GAA have won the most Sigerson Cup (Gaelic Football) whilst they have the second most Fitzgibbon Cup (hurling) wins, both the major University competitions in the sports in Ireland. UCD sport annually compete in the Colours Match with Trinity College Dublin in a range of sports, most notably in rugby. The rugby side has won 35 of the 57 contests. UCD RFC has produced 13 British and Irish Lions as well 70 Ireland national rugby union team, Irish Rugby International and 5 for other nations. In 1985, UCD F.C., UCD drew with Everton F.C. in the 1st round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which Everton went on to win. Other notable team sports in the college basketball side, UCD Marian, victors in the 2012 Irish Basketball Superleague. The Belfield campus is home to a wide range of sports facilities. Facilities include the National Hockey stadium (which has previously hosted the World Hockey Cup, Women's Hockey World Cup Finals and the Men's Hockey European Championship Finals) and UCD Bowl a 3,000 capacity stadium used for rugby and soccer. UCD has one of the largest fitness centres in the country, squash courts, tennis courts, an indoor rifle range, over twenty sports pitches (for rugby, soccer and Gaelic games), an indoor climbing wall and two large sports halls. The Sportscenter was added to in 2012 with the competition of an Olympic-size swimming pool, a tepidarium and a revamped fitness center as part of the re-development of the UCD Student Centre. UCD hosted the IFIUS World Interuniversity Games in October 2006.

Leinster Rugby

Leinster Rugby's headquarters and training facility are located on campus, housing the Academy, Senior Squad and Administrative arms of the rugby club. Their facilities include an office block and a high performance facility, located next to the Institute of Sport and Health (ISH). They also use UCD's pitches. It was completed in 2012 at a cost of 2.5 million euro.


UCD has currently more than sixty student societies. They cater for many interests ranging from large-scale party societies such as Ag Soc, Arts Soc, Commerce and Economics Society, ISS (and its subgroup AfricaSoc), INDSoc(Indian Society) and MSoc(Malaysian Society) who have the largest student communities of Indian and Malaysian students in Ireland. There are also religiously-interested groups such as the Christian Union, the Islamic Society, the Atheist and Secular Society, a television station Campus Television Network, academic-oriented societies like the Economic Society, UCD Philosophy Society, Mathsoc, Classical Society, and An Cumann Gaelach, an Irish-language society and such charities as St. Vincent de Paul, UCDSVP. There are two main societies for international students, ESN UCD (part of the Erasmus Student Network) and the International Student's Society. Many UCD societies engage in voluntary work on-campus and across Dublin. For example, the UCD Student Legal Service is a student-run society that provides free legal information clinics to the students of UCD. Irish political parties are represented on campus including Ógra Fianna Fáil, Young Fine Gael, and UCD Labour Youth. The college has two debating unions. The oldest societies are the Literary and Historical Society (University College Dublin), Literary and Historical Society, which is currently in its 160th session, An Cumann Gaelach who are entering their 110th session, the Commerce & Economics Society who are entering their 105th session and the University College Dublin Law Society, Law Society which was founded in 1911. The L&H and Law Society are the major debating societies of the college and two of the leading ones in Ireland. Ireland's most prestigious competition, the Irish Times Debate the L&H has 11 team wins and 12 individual ones with the Law Society achieving 2 team wins and 2 individual wins respectively. The two societies have also been successful further afield at the UK and Ireland John Smith Memorial Mace (formerly The Observer Mace) with the L&H winning 5 titles and Lawsoc 2 titles. UCD has hosted the World University Debating Championships twice, most recently in 2006. At the start of the 12/13 Academic Year, the Literary and Historical Society (University College Dublin), Literary and Historical Society achieved a membership of 5143 becoming the largest student society in UCD and in Europe. The UCD Dramsoc is the university drama society, it is noted for an active membership and a number of notable alumni. The university also has a successful sinfonia called University College Dublin Symphony Orchestra.

Student publications and media


UCD has two student newspapers currently published on campus, the broadsheet ''University Observer'' and the tabloid ''College Tribune''

=''The University Observer''

= ''The University Observer'' won the Newspaper of the Year award at the National Student Media Awards in April 2006, an accolade it has achieved many times, most recently in April 2014. Founded in 1994, its first editors were Pat Leahy and comedian Dara Ó Briain. Many figures in Irish journalism have held the position of editor including ''The Irish Times'' duty editor Roddy O'Sullivan and political editor Pat Leahy, AFP business reporter Enda Curran, ''The Irish Examiner'' political editor Daniel McConnell (journalist), Daniel McConnell, RTÉ News reporter Samantha Libreri; Virgin Media News political correspondent Gavan Reilly; and TV researcher Alan Torney. The efforts of its staff were noted by the prestigious ''The Guardian, Guardian'' Student Media Awards with a nomination for "Best Newspaper", the first Irish student publication to receive such recognition. In 2001, in addition to several Irish National Student Media Awards, the ''University Observer'' under McConnell and Curran took the runner up prize for "Best Publication" at the Guardian Student Media Awards in London. To date, ''The University Observer'' has won 29 Irish Student Media Awards. The main sections within the paper are campus, national and international news, comment, opinion and sport. In addition, each issue is accompanied by an arts and culture supplement called ''O-Two'', with music interviews, travel, fashion and colour pieces. ''The University Observer'' is funded by the UCD Students' Union, but its content, in theory, remains editorially independent.

=''College Tribune''

= The ''College Tribune'' was founded in 1989, with the assistance of noted political commentator Vincent Browne. Then an evening student at UCD, Browne noted the lack of an independent media outlet for students and staff and set about rectifying this with the establishment of a student newspaper. The paper was initially established with links to the ''Sunday Tribune'', though over time these links faded and ultimately, the ''Tribune'' would long outlast its national counterpart. The paper has since its inception supported itself financially through commercial advertising in its print edition. Operating under such a model theoretically allows the paper and its staff to maintain genuine editorial independence from both university authorities and the Students' Union. The ''Tribune'' has been recognised on a number of occasions at the national student media awards, particularly in sports writing, of which the paper maintains a strong tradition. In addition to winning Student Newspaper of the Year at the 1996 Union of Students in Ireland, USI & Irish Independent Media Awards, then editor Conor Lally was also awarded Student Journalist of the Year. 2003 saw ''Tribune'' stalwart Peter Lahiff win Diversity Writer of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards, to-date the only Irish based recipient of a The Guardian, Guardian award. ''College Tribune'' sections include news, sport, features, arts, film and entertainment, music, fashion, business, and politics & innovation. These are contained in both the paper proper and its arts culture supplement ''The Trib''. The paper is also noted among students for the launch of ''The Evil Gerald'', a satirical 'paper within a paper'.

Radio and television

UCD also has a student radio station, Belfield FM, broadcasting throughout the academic year online on the station's website. The station is independently run by the UCD Broadcasting Society and has produced well known Irish radio presenters such as Ryan Tubridy and Rick O'Shea (of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, RTÉ fame) and Barry Dunne of 98FM (Ireland), 98FM. Belfield FM is the successor to UCD FM, which was operated within the entertainment office of the University College Dublin Students' Union, students' union as a service for students. Initially launched in 1992, the station rebranded in 2000 and has operated since then under the current name. As a result of the implementation of the students' union's new constitution at the beginning of the 2012 / 2013 academic year, the station now operates as a student society.

Historical newspapers

*''The Student'' *''University Gazette'' *''Confrontation'' *''Campus'' *''UCD News'' *''Student Voice'' *''Gobshout'' *''Catholic University News and Times'' *''Hibernia'' *''Comhthrom Feinne'' *''Comhar''

UCD scarf colours

In later years students have been given a scarf of St Patrick's blue, navy and saffron at the President's Welcome Ceremony when they are officially welcomed. These colours have replaced "Faculty" colours and are now worn at graduation also.

Notable people


* Denis Coffey, Dean of Medicine (1910–1940) * Arthur W. Conway (1940–1947) * Michael Tierney (politician), Michael Tierney (1947–1964) * Jeremiah Hogan (1964–1972) *V. V. Giri (1969-1974) * Thomas Murphy (professor), Thomas Murphy (1972–1985) * Patrick Masterson (1986–1993) * Art Cosgrove (1993–2003) * Hugh Brady (academic), Hugh R. Brady (2004–2013) * Andrew Deeks, Andrew J. Deeks (2014–)


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Former presidents of Ireland

* Douglas Hyde (faculty) * Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh * Patrick Hillery

Former Taoiseach (Prime Ministers) of Ireland

* John A. Costello * Charles Haughey * Garret FitzGerald * John Bruton * Brian Cowen

Contemporary politicians and current members of Cabinet

* Richard Bruton * Stephen Donnelly * Charles Flanagan * Mairead McGuinness * Eoghan Murphy * Cian O'Callaghan * Anne Rabbitte * Eamon Ryan * Róisín Shortall

International affairs

In International affairs UCD's alumni include: * Anne Anderson (diplomat), Anne Anderson, first female Ambassador of Ireland to the US, UN, EU, France and Monaco * Catherine Day, former Secretary-General of the European Commission, the first woman to hold the position * Dermot Gallagher, (diplomat), Dermot Gallagher, Secretary-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador of Ireland to the USA * Mahon Hayes, lawyer, diplomat and the only Irish person to serve on the International Law Commission * Seán MacBride, one of the founders of Amnesty International and recipient of the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. * Peter Sutherland, one of the major negotiators in the foundation of the World Trade Organization, and its first Director-General * V. V. Giri the fourth President of India * Ryan Crocker, a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. * James Dooge (alumnus and faculty), chairman of the "Dooge Report" which led to the Single European Act and the Treaty of Maastricht Seven of Ireland's former European Commissioners are alumni. Irish revolutionaries Patrick Pearse, Pádraig Pearse and Thomas MacDonagh, two of the leaders of the Easter Rising and signatories of Proclamation of the Irish Republic were, respectively, a student and member of faculty at the University. As well as former president, Douglas Hyde and Pádraig Pearse, UCD Professor Eoin MacNeill, Eóin MacNeill had a key role in the Gaelic revival in Ireland. Since the foundation of the Irish state in 1922, UCD has produced the most Justices of the Supreme Court of Ireland, the most Chief Justices and the most Attorney General of Ireland, Attorneys General of Ireland. Alumni Síofra O'Leary is Judge at the European Court of Human Rights and three of the six current Justices of the Supreme Court are UCD alumni.


In 2008, Tony Holohan was appointed Chief Medical Officer (Ireland), Chief Medical Officer for Ireland. In 2010, UCD medicine graduate and cardiothoracic surgeon Eilis McGovern was elected 168th President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and thereby became the first female President of any Royal College of Surgeons, surgical Royal College in the world.

Writers and artists

Distinguished writers include James Joyce, Kate O'Brien (novelist), Kate O'Brien, Austin Clarke (poet), Austin Clarke, Benedict Kiely, Pearse Hutchinson, Thomas Kinsella, James Plunkett (Kelly), John Jordan (poet), John Jordan, John McGahern, Paul Lynch (writer), Paul Lynch and Hugh McFadden (poet), Hugh McFadden. Dee Forbes, Director General RTÉ and Miriam O'Callaghan, presenter of RTÉ's leading current affairs show, Prime Time, are alumni, as are comedians Dermot Morgan (1952–1998) and Dara Ó Briain who were major figures in the University's debating scene for many years.


UCD has produced a number of well-known athletes, mainly in the popular Irish field sports of Gaelic games and rugby union. Many played within the University's club sides such as Brian O'Driscoll who played for University College Dublin R.F.C.. The club has produced numerous British and Irish Lions including O'Driscoll, with several others attending as students. Notable GAA athletes include Rena Buckley, one of the most decorated players in GAA history, having won a total of 17 All-Ireland senior medals; Seán Murphy (Gaelic footballer), Seán Murphy, a medical school graduate and member of the Gaelic football#Team of the Millennium, Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium; and Nicky Rackard, included in the Hurling Team of the Century. Kevin Moran (footballer), Kevin Moran, formerly a Gaelic football but also a soccer player for Manchester United, graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1976.


Alumni involved in business include: * David J. O'Reilly, formerly CEO and Chairman of the Chevron Corporation * Lucy Gaffney, Chairperson of Communicorp Group Limited * Niall FitzGerald, former CEO and Chairman of Unilever * Pearse Lyons (1944–2018), founder and President of Alltech * Tony O'Reilly, who previously served as the CEO of H. J. Heinz Company as well as owning Independent News & Media * Denis O'Brien, founder of Digicel * Andrew Mulvey-Mescall former CEO of Tesco * Alison Darcy, clinical psychologist and founder of Woebot

Religious Figures

A number of catholic religious figures, studied or played significant roles in UCD, include Cardinals Tomás Ó Fiaich and Desmond Connell as well as the founding rector Cardinal Newman. Clerical students from Clonliffe College and the Jesuit Miltown would have studied for degrees in UCD, while studying Theology in their seminaries, theology prohibited by the Royal University and National University of Ireland at the time. * Cardinal Desmond Connell, former Archbishop of Dublin, graduate and professor in UCD, and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology * Rev. Prof. Thomas A. Finlay SJ, graduate of UCD, and Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Political Economy * Fr. Aengus Finucane, missionary, one of the founders of Concern Worldwide * Rev. Dr. Desmond Forristal, co-founder of Radharc films * Fr. Francis Griffin (priest), Francis Griffin C.S.Sp., first non-French Superior General of the Spiritans * Fr. Michael Hurley (Jesuit), Michael Hurley SJ, co-founder of the Irish School of Ecumenics * Bishop James Kavanagh (bishop), James Kavanagh, auxiliary bishop of Dublin, a graduate of UCD and Lecturer. * Sr. Dr. Maura Lynch, catholic nun, doctor, women's rights advocate, in Angola and Uganda * Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin * Bishop John Joseph McCarthy BA, C.S.Sp., Bishop of Nairobi, Kenya * Fr. Peter McVerry SJ founder of the Peter McVerry Trust is a science graduate from UCD. * Sr. Dr Mary Aquinas Monaghan, Columban missionary in China and Hong Kong, a specialist in the treatment and management of tuberculosis. * Sr. Dr. Lucy O'Brien (doctor), Lucy O'Brien, missionary nun and medical doctor in Africa * Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, Archbishop of Armagh * Sr. Dr. Mona Tyndall, medical doctor and missionary nun in Nigeria and Zambia Amongst the number of humanitarians to attend are John O'Shea (humanitarian), John O'Shea founder of GOAL and Tom Arnold (economist), Tom Arnold the CEO of Concern Worldwide. Former faculty include Dennis Jennings (Internet pioneer), Dennis Jennings of the School of Computing, considered to be an List of Internet pioneers, Internet pioneer for his leadership of National Science Foundation Network, NSFNET, the network that became the Internet backbone. Other notable faculty include Patrick Lynch (economist), Patrick Lynch, logician and philosopher Jan Łukasiewicz, and Professor of Science and Society James Heckman who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2000.

UCD in popular culture

In literature

James Joyce’s novel ''A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'' is partially set in UCD (when it was sited on Earlsfort Terrace) where Stephen Dedalus (now the name of the IT building) is enrolled as a student. Joyce's posthumously-published autobiographical novel ''Stephen Hero'' contains stories of his time in UCD. Brian O'Nolan, Flann O'Brien's novel ''At Swim-Two-Birds'' features a UCD student who writes a meta-novel wherein the author is put on trial by the characters of his novel. Maeve Binchy's novel, ''Circle of Friends (novel), Circle of Friends'', deals with three female friends starting college in UCD in the 1950s. However, shots of Trinity College were used in the ''Circle of Friends (1995 film), 1995 film''. The second Ross O'Carroll-Kelly novel, ''The Teenage Dirtbag Years'', follows Ross as he enters UCD.

In music

Christy Moore wrote a tongue in cheek song about UCD's Literary and Historical Society (University College Dublin), Literary and Historical Society called "The Auditor of the L and H". Johnny Jurex & The Punk Pistols, predecessors to Rocky De Valera & The Gravediggers had a song called "Anarchy in Belfield" which they played at their only gig during Rag Week in 1976.

In film and television

Conor McPherson's third film ''Saltwater'' was filmed in Belfield, UCD. In ''Boston Legal'', Season 2, Episode 21 "Word Salad Day", there is a reference to a study from UCD that "found that the effects of divorce on children are far more damaging than the death of a parent" although it is not clear whether this is University College Dublin or University of California, Davis.

See also

* Education in the Republic of Ireland * List of universities in the Republic of Ireland * List of University College Dublin people * Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus (RUMC)

Notes and references

External links

Students' Union website

The Library of University College Dublin
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