6,000 celebrate inaugural UCD Festival

Posted June 30, 2016

The 6,000 alumni, staff and members of the local community who attended the inaugural UCD Festival recently enjoyed a diverse showcase of what the university has to offer, and contributed to making the event a resounding success.

The festival took place across Belfield on Saturday, June 18, and provided visitors with a unique opportunity to discover the state of the art facilities at UCD, explore the new buildings and the beautiful parkland campus.

Pictured top: One of the many science demonstrations that took place at the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science during the UCD festival

The dry weather and occasional spells of summer sunshine on the day also enhanced the colourful carnival atmosphere that prevailed.

Young and old enjoyed over 100 free events that were taking place throughout campus; including talks by some well known UCD alumni, workshops, debates, food fairs, exhibitions, guided tours, sporting events, and artistic and musical performances.

New faces at UCD, as well as those who hadn’t been back on campus for a while, also sampled the exceptional research work and teaching resources that UCD provides.

Here's how social media portrayed the event: 


Back at @universitycollegedublin this morning for #UCDFestival. Great crowds and really well organised @universitycollegedublin #ucdfestival #universitycollegedublin #dublin #ireland

A photo posted by @colmlehane on Jun 18, 2016 at 8:42am PDT


#ucd #ucdfestival #chinesedragon #dragon #igers #lovindublin #igersdublin

A photo posted by Vinny (@vinlad) on Jun 18, 2016 at 9:37am PDT


A photo posted by Chiamaka Amadi (@unimaginable_me) on Jun 21, 2016 at 7:15pm PDT


Poet rapper Tempermental MissElayneous was on fire with her bodhrán and had the audience in thrall! #UCDFestival #poetry #poetryreading #performanceart #tempermentalmisselayneous #ucdlibrary

A photo posted by UCD Library (@ucdlibrary) on Jun 18, 2016 at 8:15am PDT


Experiments and demonstrations are on here in the UCD Science building all day. There's an explosive atmosphere so come down and take a look #UCD #ucdfestival #oneday #iamucd #myucd

A photo posted by Alumni Relations UCD (@ucdalumni) on Jun 18, 2016 at 3:35am PDT


By: Jamie Deasy, digital journalist, UCD University Relations