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Start of Academic Year Celebration

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Thursday, 31 August from 12-3pm

On Thursday, 31 August we held a celebration for employees marking the start of the academic year and giving you an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and campus life. The informal lunch on the lawns of O’Reilly Hall ran from 12pm to 3pm and we encouraged all employees to attend. 

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Mouthwatering Menu


  • Prime Hereford Smash Beef Burgers with Bread and Butter Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato and Woodfire & Green Burger Sauce 
  • Coney Island Hot Dogs - A Selection of Irish Made Pork and Beef Sausages served with Grilled Onions and Peppers with House Made Mustards ,Ketchups and Sauces 
  • Honey & Mustard Chicken Drumsticks 
  • Mexican City Roasted Corn - Traditional corn cooked on the stem on the BBQ and rolled in chipotle mayonnaise and cojita 
  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms (vegan)
  • Veef burgers - a plant based burger with vegan cheese baby gem and relish, mixed leaf salad, vegan slaw, broccoli raisin and sunflower seed.

More below!


  • Saffron scented Spanish rice with Chicken and Chorizo, finished with Garlic Aioli and Garden Pea Paella 
  • Vegan garden paella - asparagus peas butter beans courgette loaded with herbs 


  • A selection of Authentic Asian Curries served with Prawn Crackers  
  • Green Thai Chicken Curry 
  • Beef Massaman Curry
  • Vegan Thai Curry
  • Puy lentil coconut Dahl 


  • Spit Roasted Pulled Pork served in a BBQ Sauce with House Rub, Roasted New Season Potatoes and Apple & Mustard Slaw

*Provisional menu, may be subject to change before event.

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Employee 'Open Mic' Stage

As well as a range of lunch offerings, ice cream and buskers, a number of colleagues have kindly volunteered to perform on our 'open mic' stage.

More acts below!

  • Pilos, Meakin, Greene
    • Irina is a music and theatre lover from UCD ALL who also performs with the Community Choir.
    • Joseph is a classically trained jazz musician from the James Joyce Library who has performed in several clubs around Dublin.
    • Gregori is a guitarist from Arts & Humanities who loves all collaborations and performances which bring people together for enjoyment.
  • Kathryne Del Sesto
    • Singer and guitarist from the School of Business performing songs from the 1950's / 1960's Greenwich Village.
  • Ciarán agus Peadar Mac Eachain
    • Ciarán Mac Eachain is an accomplished uilleann piper and a 3rd year student in UCD College of Social Sciences and Law. He will be joined by his brother Peadar, also a piper.  Both are active members of Cumann na bPíobairí (the Dublin Pipers' Club).  Accompanying the pipers will be a sean-nós dancer.
  • Peter Scott
    • Singer and guitarist from UCD Research. Peter has been playing guitar since the early 1990s, and played with several bands through to the late 2000s in various Dublin venues. He now just plays for fun. 
  • (opens in a new window)Kylabelle Music
    • Kylabelle is a busker who performed at last year's Employee Day and returns with some more contemporary pop busking.
  • Catherine Brady
    • Singer from the School of Medicine. Catherine will be joined by Dave and Ian from the Staff Music Group.

Details of additional acts will be online shortly.

Contact Culture & Engagement

Culture & Engagement, UCD HR 3rd Floor, Roebuck Offices University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: engage@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)