UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats Event

19 July 2019

UCD Veterinary Sporting Greats – an event to celebrate veterinary sporting achievement took place in UCD's Astra Hall on Friday, 19 July.  The Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Michael Doherty, and colleagues from across the UCD Community were joined by a host of sporting stars – Brian Dooher (three-time All-Ireland Gaelic Football winner with Tyrone), Ger Kelly (member of Clare team that won the 1992 Munster Championship), Susie Mitchell (World Track Masters Champion), Derek McGrath (Irish Rugby, Chief Executive of the European Rugby Cup and currently CEO of the Curragh), Shane McGuckin (double All-Ireland Hurling winner with Offaly), Fiona O’Brien (Six Nations winner with Irish Women’s Rugby team in 2015), Sue Rackard (representing Nicky Rackard, Wexford hurling legend and top championship goal-scorer of all time) and Dermot Weld (Race Horse Trainer - celebrated 4000th winner of his career in 2016).  The event was hosted by RTE’s Evanne Ni Chuilinn.

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is proud of colleagues, students and alumni who have achieved so highly in their chosen sports, as well as all those who participate in sport at so many levels, as players and volunteers, making a huge contribution to the community in Ireland - we are delighted to have had this opportunity to celebrate their sporting achievements with them.  Thanks to our event sponsors Bimeda Ireland, Zoetis and MSD Animal Health for their generous support of this event.

Highlights from the night can be viewed below.  Panel discussions featuring our sporting greats and some very special guests can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Please see below for a selection of photos from the event and our event programme.

Veterinary Sporting Greats - 19 July 2019 - Event Programme

Our Sporting Greats panel with the Dean, Professor Michael Doherty (l-r: Derek McGrath, Fiona O'Brien, Dermot Weld, Michael Doherty, Sue Rackard, Susie Mitchell, Brian Dooher and Shane McGuckin; Ger Kelly not pictured)

 All of our very special sporting guests!

The panel with RTE's Evanne Ni Chuilinn (l-r: Sue Rackard, Shane McGuckin, Susie Mitchell, Derek McGrath, Evanne Ni Chuilinn, Fiona O'Brien, Dermot Weld, Brian Dooher, Ger Kelly) 

 L-R: Derek McGrath, Brian Dooher, Michael Doherty (Dean of Veterinary Medicine), Evanne Ni Chuilinn (RTE), Susie Mitchell, Fiona O'Brien, Shane McGuckin, Dermot Weld, Kevin Foley, John Oxx and Ger Kelly


Professor Michael Doherty with representatives from our sponsors - Bimeda, Zoetis and MSD Animal Health.