Film footage has finally found itself online!
The Offspring were in town for the 1999 MTV European Music Awards that were held in The Point.
Great find. Dermott Hayes interviews UCD Student Bar legend Seamus Boylan about the 1988 Fresher’s Week and they look at what has changed from Hayes’ days there in the 1970s.
Great discussion. Politics, comedy, lectures, music and the general life of 1970s Belfield all feature.
Characters in Conversation: Stembridge and Dungan reminisce about 1970s Belfield
For young lads from Limerick and Meath, the Belfield of the 70s was packed with Friday night debates, student societies, classes chosen because they weren’t at 9 am, bedsit living and 2-bar heaters, avoiding SRC meetings, and the Canterbury Tale…
Listen to Gerard Stembridge and Myles Dungan reminisce on their undergraduate days in “the new” Belfield campus of the 1970s as part of Characters in Conversation.
Thanks to John for sending in these pictures. If you have any pictures or memorabilia from your time in UCD, send it to ucdhiddenhistory(at)gmail.com. Please!
A brief word from John on the background to the protest:
We called the demo because the UCD Authorities were slow in opening the ‘New’ Ag Block as they had promised. Due to that, 3rd & 4th year Ag students used to have most of their lectures in The Albert College (Now DCU) up until May 1979. The march left from The Albert, went down through O’Connell St past TCD, Leeson St , Ranelagh, Clonskeagh into Belfield in March 1979. The New Block opened in the Autumn of 1979. We qualified in 1980 and there was a large lack of jobs back then also
An interesting find on the British Pathe site! A 60second clip of UCD students outside Earlsfort Terrace performing a “skit” on the Ku Klux Klan during Rag Week in the 1930s/40s (?).
Click the image below to see the full movie.
Many thanks to John O’Dowd for spotting the above reference in The Irish Times.
He even got in contact with Aidan Grannell, Head of Buildings and Services, who retrieved the old estate maps of Belfield. Through these they was able to discover that the Twelve Apostles’ Well is buried pretty much dead centre under the dual carriageway, opposite the Montrose Hotel.