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UCD President’s Awards for Excellence in Students Activities

Posted 13 March, 2024

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The UCD President's Awards recognises students for their exceptional contribution to campus life, in the depth and breadth of their activities in clubs, societies, the Student's Union, and other student organisations. 

Each year the award provides recognition for those students who excel in extracurricular activities of a kind that make UCD an exciting, interesting, dynamic and humane place to live, study and work. 

The ceremony takes place as an integral part of the University Awards Ceremony, held in O’Reilly Hall in March of each year. Recipients of awards, typically, are heavily engaged in service to UCD societies, clubs or the Student’s Union, are involved in support services for fellow students or have excelled in competitive activity in the University or in inter-varsity events. To date over 300 students have had their efforts recognised at the awards.

The objective of the UCD President’s Awards scheme has been to give recognition to the efforts of students in areas of University life other than the academic, particularly where those efforts provide the leadership, commitment and energy which help to turn UCD into a lively, engaged university community. Students were nominated by their peers or staff within their respective area for their exceptional contribution to student life and activities, for giving back to UCD through life outside the classroom.

The recipients who have represented sports clubs for 2024 were;

  • Ciara Douglas (UCD Archery)
  • Hazel Hourigan (UCD Equestrian Club)
  • Emma Kelly (UCD Women’s Rugby)
  • Adam McNally (UCD GAA)
  • Faith Molloy (UCD Karate)

Ciara Douglas (UCD Archery)

Ciara Douglas receiving her award from UCD President Professor Orla Feely

Ciara, an influential member of UCD, has notably enhanced the archery club as head coach and events officer. Her revamp of the beginners' coaching structure led to increased retention rates. She's been pivotal in organising social events, contributing to a vibrant club atmosphere.

Her presence at the student desk adds to a welcoming campus environment. Ciara's roles extend to mentoring HDip students, fostering their integration into UCD. Her commitment to both sporting excellence and community building, alongside her academic achievements, exemplifies her positive impact on UCD.

Hazel Hourigan (UCD Equestrian Club)

Hazel Hourihan receiving her award from UCD President Professor Orla Feely

Hazel, as captain and then President of the UCD Equestrian Club, has significantly enhanced the club's activities and members' experience. She successfully introduced polo, leading to victories and a US tour, and managed various events, including national varsities competitions, with exceptional skill.

Her efforts in reviving equestrian varsities earned the club significant recognition. Hazel's active roles in IURCA and the Irish Polo Foundation demonstrate her commitment to promoting student equestrian sport nationally.

Emma Kelly (UCD Women’s Rugby)

Emma Kelly receiving her award from UCD President Professor Orla Feely

Emma, a standout leader, and scholar has excelled as the captain of UCD Women’s Rugby for two years. Known for her welcoming nature and dedication, she balances high-level competition with academic excellence as an Ad Astra Scholar.

Her leadership contributed to winning the SSI league and retaining the Colours Cup. Actively involved in club fundraisers like Daffodil Day, Emma embodies the values of hard work and inclusivity, significantly enhancing the club's ethos.

Adam McNally (UCD GAA)

Adam McNally receiving his award from UCD President Professor Orla Feely

As the manager of the Fresher B football team, Adam not only provided unwavering support but also brilliantly organized a fundraiser for Pieta House, successfully raising over €2,300.

His commitment to inclusivity shone brightly, as he welcomed players of all skill levels, nurturing a strong sense of community and encouraging broader participation in football.

Under Adam's inspiring leadership, the team achieved an unbeaten record, a testament to his effective and inclusive approach.

Faith Molloy (UCD Karate)

Faith Molloy receiving her award from UCD President Professor Orla Feely

Faith, the captain of UCD Karate, is known for her vibrant energy and leadership skills. She has successfully led the team to various competitions, including events at Maynooth and NUIG. Her organisational abilities and understanding have been invaluable in guiding new members.

Faith is goal-oriented and self-driven, contributing significantly to the club through her innovative ideas and event organisation.

Congratulations to everyone who received an Award. Read about all the award winners.

Photo Credit: UCD Student Centre

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