DCU Alumni Events
DCU Alumni Events
O’Connor Cup stars reunite
DCU has won the most titles in the senior Ladies’ Football intervarsity competition’s history and all four O’Connor Cup winning teams were invited back to the Glasnevin campus to celebrate their achievements ahead of the 2022 finals weekend last March.
The alumni gathered for a meal in the 1838 Restaurant where DCU Head of Gaelic Games Paul O’Brien thanked them for their contribution to not only DCU
Dóchas Éireann GAA Club, but for the impact they’ve had on young girls and the wider community of DCU. RTÉ’s Barry Lenihan and a panel of guests discussed their time at DCU. Joining Barry were the 2009 joint captains Fiona McHale and Bronagh Sheridan, 2010 captain Shannon Quinn, 2011 captain Donna English and 2018 Captain Aishling Moloney. Aishling, the 2019 Intermediate Player of the Year, discussed the influence of manager Peter Clarke.
In charge for all four title wins and manager of the current team, Clarke’s contribution to team morale was fondly remembered by all who attended the evening. There was a general consensus that the friendships created were the most valuable part of the players’ experience within the club.
All-Ireland football final countdown
A sea of green and gold & maroon and white festooned DCU St Patrick’s Campus on Sunday, July 24 ahead of the All-Ireland football final clash between Kerry and Galway. Our Football Final Brunch was a buzz of anticipation as parents of players, staff members and university friends gathered ahead of the big game in Croke Park. We celebrated four graduates representing Galway in the final:
− Rob Finnerty (Professional Master’s in Education)
− Sean Fitzgerald (Bachelor of Education)
− Patrick Kelly (PE with Maths)
− Billy Mannion (Joint Honours)
We also had a graduate, Éanna Ó Conchúir (PE with Biology), in the Kerry squad.
Our exceptional match preview panel was made up of Roscommon footballer Ultan Harney; former Mayo star Anthony Finnerty, father of Rob, and Pat O’Sullivan, cheering for the Kingdom. Led by DCU alumnus and RTÉ broadcaster, Barry Lenihan (BA Journalism), the panel analysed the form and tactics and gave their predictions.
The annual DCU Alumni St Valentine’s Day competition – a light-hearted competition for couples who first met at the university - saw some heart- warming love stories and couple photos shared. The four winning couples were treated to a romantic meal for two.
Adrian and Liz met while studying Languages and International Marketing together in NIHE (now DCU) in 1985.
Stephanie and Paul met in the first week of college in 2009. Studying the BSc Environmental Science, they were paired as partners in the chemistry lab and became best friends for the next three years. “We got married in 2018 and this year will mark 10 years since we started going out. If it wasn’t for DCU we would never have met as we are from Dublin and Donegal, so DCU will always have a special place in our hearts!”
Mary and John met during Clubs and Socs day in 1994. Mary was captain of DCU Canoe Club and he was a fresher. The couple married in 2002 and now have three children. Derek and Gianfranco met through their MSc Translation Technology course at. Over the course of their studies, they got to know each other better.
Derek and Gianfranco met through their MSc Translation Technology course at. Over the course of their studies, they got to know each other better.