Barbara is the first female Director of Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery and is one of the most significant figures in the Irish art world in recent decades.
Studied: BA History of Art (1979) Quote: "I have great recollections of the History of Art Department. It was a privilege to be taught by these great scholars.”
David O’Mahony: Cinema Programmer
David works as Head of Programming at the IFI and holds an MA in Journalism from Griffith College.
Studied: BA English & Classics (1999), MA Journalism Quote: "The skills and experience gained while studying English at UCD has underpinned my job, and helped in my efforts to communicate the IFI’s programme of cultural cinema events to our members"
Lisa Carroll: Writer / Content Designer
London-based Lisa works as a writer and content designer at the British Council.
Studied: BA English (2012) Quote: “At UCD Dramsoc I was able to see my writing come to life.”
Neil Jordan: Film Maker / Writer
Neil Jordan is an acclaimed novelist and filmmaker. His work includes the Academy Award winning The Crying Game, The Butcher Boy and Michael Collins.
Studied: BA English & History (1972) Quote: "Great lecturers, great encounters with the most arcane subjects"
Oriole Cullen: Costume Curator
Oriole joined the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2006 as the Curator of Fashion and Textiles.
Studied: BA Art History & English (1997), MA in the History of Dress Quote: “It all started for me at UCD, at a wonderful seminar on dating paintings through costumes.”
Sarah Costigan: Museum Director
Sarah joined the Little Museum of Dublin in 2012, initially as the Director of Development and is now Deputy Director.
Studied: BA English & Drama (2011), MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management Quote: “UCD’s brilliant mix of academic and social experiences taught me the value of creative storytelling”
Business and Innovation
Aoifa Smyth: Influencer Manager
Inspired by her time as Fashion Editor at UCD’s College Tribune, Aoifa now works for eight&four, a creative media agency in London.
Studied: BA English & Irish Folkore (2011), MA Fashion & Lifestyle Journalism Quote: "I found my tribe with the College Tribune."
Conor MacAndrew: Innovation Designer
Conor works at The Dock, Accenture's Global Centre for Innovation where he helps clients solve their biggest strategic challenges.
Studied: BA History & Politics (2011), MSc European & Public Affairs Quote: “I learnt two essential skills for a career in innovation: creativity and adaptability.”
Dalton Philips: CEO
Before joining DAA as CEO, Dalton worked for Walmart. He is on the board of ACI Europe.
Studied: BA Geography & Classics (1990), MBA Quote: "Put your head down, work hard and suck the absolute marrow out of your course.”
Fiona Mullan: HR Director
Fiona is VP HR for Facebook outside the US. Previously she was based in Asia, running HR for Microsoft.
Studied: BA History & Politics (1990) > MSc Political Economy Quote: “Do something that you love, because you’ll bring that into everything you do.”
Gillian Fitzpatrick: CCO
Gillian is CCO at Maximum Media, responsible for Joe.ie and Her.ie. Her first taste of media hails from UCD’s University Observer.
Studied: BA English & Greek & Roman Civ (2006), MA in Journalism Quote: “My BA degree gave me a clear professional advantage.”
Sarah Gordon: Executive Assistant
After graduating, Sarah worked as a Collections Analyst at Accenture and now works as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Lidl Ireland.
Studied: BA German & Linguistics (2016) Quote: “My languages degree and fluency in German helped me get my first real job at Accenture.”
Government and Public Sector
Adrian Bradley: Quality Manager
Adrian worked initially as a Speech & Language Therapist before joining the HSE.
Studied: BA Linguistics & English (2008), MPhil Speech & Language Processing, MSc Speech & Language Therapy Quote: “The strong communication skills I developed at UCD still benefit me to this day.”
Amy Gargan: Policy Assistant
Amy works in IDA Ireland. Her interest in public policy was sparked while taking electives on humanitarian action.
Studied: BA English & History (2017), Master of Public Policy Quote: “History taught me to understand why things happen, English showed me that everything has a deeper meaning.”
Hazel Chu: Green Party Councillor
Hazel worked as Marketing Consultant at Bórd Bia and as Head of Communications at Diageo. She is now a Dublin City Councillor and the National Coordinator and Spokesperson for Enterprise for the Green Party.
Studied: BA History & Politics 2002, Legal Diploma, MBA Quote: “My degree has given me the ability to think outside the box.”
Jim Maher: Web Editor
Jim works in Brussels at the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Communications.
Studied: BA Irish & German (2011), MA Irish Quote: “UCD truly is Ireland’s global university. Wherever in the world your degree takes you, your memories will never leave.”
John McGuinness: Teacher
John teaches History and Politics for Leaving Certificate, at a new school in Greystones.
Studied: BA History & Politics (2014), Professional Masters in Education Quote: “Above all participate in UCD life. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”
Paul Rouse: History Lecturer
Paul is a lecturer in the UCD School of History. He has a weekly column in the Irish Examiner. Previously he worked on RTÉ’s Primetime.
Studied: BA History & French (1990), MA History, PhD Quote: 'Coming to UCD changed my life and enabled me to pursue careers in journalism and academia.”
Law and Advocacy
Alex Ryan: Solicitor
After graduating, Alex continued his studies at King’s Inns, Dublin, where he qualified as a Solicitor.
Studied: BA History & Greek & Roman Civilisation (2011), Diploma in Legal Studies Quote: “Studying Greek & Roman Civilisation was a major highlight for me at UCD.”
Emily O’Reilly: European Ombudsman
After an award-winning career in journalism, Emily became Ireland’s first female Ombudsman in 2003 and was elected European Ombudsman in 2013.
Studied: BA French & Spanish (1979) Quote: “You simply never know where a humanities degree can lead you.”
John McMenamin: Supreme Court Judge
John was called to the bar in 1975 after studying at King’s Inns. He was appointed a High Court judge in 2004, and to the Supreme Court in 2012.
Studied: BA (Hons.) History (1973) Quote: “Studying History taught me the value of context. In History, as in Law, context is everything.”
Lewis Quigley: NGO Information Officer
Lewis has worked with the UN, Oxfam, Plan International and now Concern Worldwide in a variety of advocacy and information roles.
Studied: BA History & Politics 2014, MSc. Development Practice Quote: “The opportunity to debate and question prevailing narratives is invaluable.”
Pádraig Oliver: Programme Officer
Pádraig works as a UN energy and climate finance specialist.
Studied: BA History & Politics (2003), MSc Environmental Technology Quote: “My BA helped me to be creative, to learn how to connect the dots and see unique perspectives.”
Zoë Forde: Communications Co-ordinator
Zoë’s experience in societies and the Students’ Union, inspired her career in advocacy. She has worked for Sea Change and currently in Communications at HIQA.
Studied: BA English & History 2013, HDip Social Policy Quote: “My degree gave me the confidence to pursue what I'm passionate about.”
Marketing and Communications
Aifric Connolly: PR Manager
Aifric has a background in Digital Marketing and worked at a variety of Social Media agencies before joining Lidl.
Studied: BA English & French 2015 Quote: “When I’m writing press releases or statements I use the exact skills I developed when I was studying.”
Conor Friel : Brand Ambassador
Conor works as a Brand Ambassador for Jameson in Argentina.
Studied: BA French & Spanish (2016), MSc Advertising Quote: “Having a second and third language is always an amazing asset and has helped me secure my dream job!"
Jack Walsh: Advertising Copywriter
Since specialising in Copywriting, Jack has worked at Publicis and TBWA. Currently he works at The Public House.
Studied: BA English Literature (2014), MSc Advertising Quote: “UCD showed me the importance of creativity in everyday life. Boring doesn’t sell!”
Jonny Davis : Marketing Specialist
Jonny is co-founder of creative brand experience agency, Honey+Buzz. Previously, Jonny worked on global brands in the marketing industry in Dublin and New York.
Studied: BA History & Economics (2003), MSc Marketing & Entrepreneurship Quote: “I developed creatively, gained fresh perspectives and made lifelong friends whilst studying at UCD.”
Laura Costello: Senior Strategist
Laura worked in a variety of PR and marketing roles before Joining Thinkhouse, the youth marketing agency.
Studied: BA English & Philosophy (2013), MPhil in Popular Literature Quote: "Studying human existence through Philosophy and literature at UCD is one of the most rewarding things I ever did.”
Michael O’Keeffe: CEO
Michael is CEO of Teneo Ireland, a global specialist in corporate communications, brand strategy, marketing and sponsorship.
Studied: BA History & Politics (1998), MA European Studies Quote: “My education in UCD encouraged me to be deeply inquisitive and to seek new ways to solve problems.”
Media and Journalism
Amy O’Brien: Programme Researcher
Amy is a TV researcher for The Tonight Show at Virgin Media. She started her broadcast career at UCD’s radio station, Belfield FM.
Studied: BA History & Politics (2015), MA Broadcast Production Quote: “My degree has been an essential foundation to my understanding of everything in the political world.”
Fintan O’Toole: Columnist / Writer
Fintan is one of Ireland’s most renowned journalists and influential public intellectuals, who writes across a broad range of topics including politics, history, culture and the arts.
Studied: BA English & Philosophy (1978) Quote: “The teachers that I encountered here are still models for my thinking.”
Grace Barrett: TV Producer / Writer
Grace is a writer and filmmaker for the UN in New York. Her projects include Boko Haram, Women in Peacekeeping and Climate Change.
Studied: BA English & Philosophy (2004), MA English Literature Quote: “UCD for me was the perfect combination of studying what I loved and forming lifelong bonds."
Jack Lahart : Community Editor
Before joining The Economist Jack worked as a Parliamentary Researcher for Seanad Éireann.
Studied: BA History & Politics (2013) > MSc International Relations Quote: “At UCD I gained an ability to deconstruct global trends and understand the world around me.”
Seán Hayes: Assistant Editor
While at UCD, Seán edited the student magazine OTwo. He worked for New Island Books and Lilliput Press before becoming an Assistant Editor at Gill Publishing.
Studied: BA English Literature 2017 Quote: “My time at UCD is something positive that I will treasure for years to come.”
Siún ni Dhuinn: Digital Co-ordinator
Siún works as the Digital Coordinator for Irish language content in RTÉ.
Studied: BA Gaeilge & English (2006), MA Scríobh & Cumarsáid na Gaeilge Quote: “The critical skills I developed during my studies at UCD have continually served me in my career.”