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University College Dublin

Overview of University College Dublin

Dublin University College is a research university in Dublin, Ireland, and a member of the Institution of National University of Ireland. It has more than 1,482 academic staff and 32,000 students and it’s Ireland’s biggest university. UCD originates from a body established in 1854, and began as the Catholic University of Ireland on the Feast of Saint Malachy, with John Henry Newman as its first rector; it was reformed-in 1880 and chartered in 1908. The University Act, 1997 renamed the constituent university as the “National University of Ireland, Dublin” and the 1998 Ministerial Order renamed the institution as the “University College Dublin–National University of Ireland, Dublin.”

  • James Joyce- Writer
  • Brian O’Driscoll- Rugby player
  • Seán MacBride- Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 1974
  • Peter Sutherland- First Director General of the World Trade Organization(WTO)


Fun Facts
  • UCD Library attracts more than 2 million visitors a year, so it has the smarter bunch is obviously in Dublin.
  • The Arts Building Basement was host to a trap where students could easily escape seminars and play a full-time pool. That's where Ken Doherty learned his skills
  • Students of the university had a major impact on Irish political life-four of the nine Presidents of Ireland and six of the thirteen Taoisigh were either former employees or students of the UCD.
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