“UCD will be hosting the largest academic 1916 conference of the year this weekend. On Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, ‘Globalising the Rising: 1916 in context’ brings together academics from across the island of Ireland and as far afield as India, South Africa, and the United States to discuss the impact and implications of Dublin’s insurrection as an event in world history.”
UCD Students’ Union have pledged to raise €100,000 for registered charity, Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (YSPI). They’ve recruited 530 students in support of this challenge as part of a major campaign which culminates in a mass charity skydive and a naked calendar.
They’ve raised over €10,000 so far and hope to raise a further €30,000 by selling 3,000 naked calendars for €10 through campaign participants and on campus shops. All proceeds will assist YSPI reduce levels of youth suicide in Ireland through a classroom based programme, The Four Steps to Help, provided free of charge to secondary schools around the country.
Dustin Lance Black at UCD on the May marriage equality referendum.
A memorable speech.
But don’t take our word for it.
Ian Fahy, auditor of the UCD Laaw Society, writes:
I would like to draw your attention to a speech delivered by Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk (2008), Dustin Lance Black at an event to confer him with Honorary Life membership of the UCD Law Society.. Black’s boyfriend, British Diving Champion, Tom Daley also attended the award event.
He delivered an impassioned speech about the strength of storytelling and the effect it can have on winning the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland.
It was truly one of the most incredible speeches delivered to the UCD Law Society and has been recognised as such by long standing University officials.
Black is an internationally recognised advocate for Gay rights across the world and took time to specifically come to Ireland to deliver this speech in the hope of having some impact on the upcoming referendum.
He reminisced about his youth and the struggle he faced with coming to terms with his own sexuality – something that was extremely difficult and dangerous coming from a Mormon-Texan-military family. He called for the youth of Ireland to tell their own stories, something that he claims is the most powerful form of achieving positive change.
My term as Auditor is coming to end, and over my last three years in UCD I have never felt so strongly that an address to our society needed to be published in the national media. I genuinely believe this video if shared can have a real and positive impact upon the Marriage Equality referendum. All I ask is for you to please watch this 18 minute clip (above), and see for yourself.
Students in University College Dublin (UCD) against a motion supporting the legislation of marijuana in Ireland. A conservative bunch in the UCDSU. if they’re like this in their early twenties what will they be like in 20 years time? What is the world coming to?
Awarded honory law doctorates at UCD this morning for ‘Extraordinary Contributions to their pensions Society ‘(Official Ireland elite female wing: Order of the Loud Cape) were, from left: Noeline Blackwell, Susan Denham, Mary McAleese, who was awarded the Ulysses Medal 2014 and European Ombudsman Emily O Reilly.