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Last updated: 15 May 2013

UCD Supporting the Gathering Ireland 2013


The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a national initiative aimed at mobilising communities and organisations at home and abroad with the goal of bringing an additional 325,000 visitors to Ireland in 2013.

University College Dublin is proud to support this important initiative by showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish research and learning, culture, tradition, and sport, encouraging guests to visit Ireland this year.

With over 5,000 international students based on our Dublin campuses and numerous international conferences and seminars taking place annually, UCD is already a major attraction for overseas visitors to the country.

UCD is actively encouraging its 160,000 plus alumni, many of whom live and work all over the world, to engage with their alma mater and visit the campus which has transformed radically in the past dec ade.

There are a wide range of events taking place on campus from academic conferences and seminars which mostly take place in the summer months to cultural events and sporting tournaments taking place all year. We are opening up the 121 hectare parkland campus, its buildings and centres of culture for all to appreciate and enjoy.

The calendar below with over 30 events confirmed to date, highlights the activity that is planned and will be added to as more events are finalised. Please check back regularly to find out more about the events organised and hosted by UCD.

I do hope that you find some event of interest in our calendar and that you visit Ireland and UCD during 2013.

Dr Martin Butler,
Vice-President for Students
Chair, UCD Gathering 2013 Steering Committee


Tóstal Éireann agus An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

Is ábhar mórtais don Choláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath a bheith ag tacú le Tóstal Éireann agustáimid ag tnúth go mór le togha taighde agus léinn, cultúir, traidisiúin agus spóirt na hÉireann a roinnt le haíonna agus iad ar cuairt in Éirinn i mbliana.

Is mór an tarraingt UCD cheana féin do chuairteoirí ó thar lear. Tá breis agus 5,000 mac léinn idirnáisiúnta lonnaithe ar ár gcampais i mBaile Átha Cliath agus tionóltar go leor comhdhálacha agus seimineár idirnáisiúnta anseo gach bliain.

Tá breis is 160,000 alumni ag UCD, cuid mhór díobh ag maireachtáil agus ag obair ar fud an domhain, agus iad á spreagadh go gníomhach againn a bheith rannpháirteach leis an alma mater agus cuairt a thabhairt ar an gcampas a bhfuil athrú ollmhór tagtha air le deich mbliana anuas.

Bíonn raon leathan imeachtaí ar siúl ar an gcampas, ó chomhdhálacha agus seimineáir acadúla, a mbíonn a bhformhór ar siúl i rith míonna an tsamhraidh, go himeachtaí cultúir agus comórtais spóirt a bhíonn ar siúl ar feadh na bliana. Táimid ag oscailt an champais go léir don phobal; 121 heicteár ’fhearann páirce, na foirgnimh agus na hionaid chultúir – le go gcuirfidh daoine aithne orthu agus go mbainfidh siad sult astu.

Seiceáil ár bhféilire go rialta, le do thoil, lena thuilleadh a fháil amach faoi na himeachtaí a bhíonn á n-eagrú agus á n-óstáil ag UCD.

Tá súil agam go n-aimseoidh tú imeacht éigean a gcuirfidh tú suim ann in ár bhféilire agus go dtabharfaidh tú cuairt ar Éirinn agus ar UCD i rith 2013.


Explore UCD – supported by

As part of UCD’s support for the Gathering 2013 we are encouraging our alumni, visitors to Ireland and the local community and their friends to come and explore our parkland campus, its building and centres of culture. During late spring and summer we are organising a series of guided tours to explore UCD. Tours cover the period houses and their estates that form todays Belfield campus, the state-of-the-art buildings developed in the last decade, and the public art and woodland walks that enrich our campus.

Click here for tour details and dates.


Tour National Folklore Collection – supported by

The National Folklore Collection at UCD is home to one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world. It comprises a large selection of books, manuscripts, audio recordings, videos and photographs, drawings and paintings dealing with Irish life, folk history and culture. The collection consists of the Main Manuscript Collection of which there are almost 2,500 volumes. The School's Collection is composed of original copybooks and manuscripts with material collected by national schoolchildren in the years 1937/1938, offering an invaluable snapshot in time of tradition and Irish social life from this period.

Recordings in the sound archive include material from the late 19th century onwards. This material was captured on various devices according to the period in which it was recorded from the wax cylinder up to the present day digital devices. The specialist library contains books, periodicals and off-prints on Irish and comparative folklore, ethnology and related fields.
New material continues to be added to the Collection, including photographs, audio and video material, books and documents.

  • Book your tour

In celebration of the Gathering 2013 a series of tours of the Main Manuscript Collection, the Schools Collection and the Sound Archive will take place every Wednesday morning from 22nd May until 24th July. To book a place on a tour please email Ronan Galvin.


Visit W.B. Yeats and his Muses exhibition

A new exhibition in the Special Collections Reading Room, UCD James Joyce Library exploring the relationship between five exceptional women and the poems Yeats wrote to or about them. Yeats believed in the Greek idea of the Muses as the font of poetic inspiration, and found his muses in living women. The exhibition explores the relationship between five exceptional women and the poems Yeats wrote to or about them. Original letters, manuscripts, and inscribed first editions trace the relationship between poet and muse.

This exhibition is supported by a significant donation of WB Yeats materials, including manuscripts and rare printed editions to UCD by Joseph Hassett. UCD Library also wishes to acknowledge the deposit by the American Ireland Fund of valuable Yeats material.

Joseph M. Hassett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin. He practices law in Washington and writes and lectures extensively on literary subjects. The ideas reflected in this exhibition are discussed in his book W.B.Yeats and the Muses (Oxford University Press, 2010).

A comprehensive booklet authored by Professor Anthony Roche, UCD School of English, Drama and Film will accompany the exhibition. 

All are welcome, but as the exhibition is within a working library please contact UCD Library Special Collections by email: or tel: (01) 716 7149 in advance to arrange access. The exhibition opens 4th April 2013 and runs until September 2013.

Calendar of UCD Gathering 2013 events


(Produced by UCD University Relations)


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