U.C.D. Students Union gigs (March 1980)

Scanned up by Brand New Retro. (http://brandnewretro.ie/)

The Offspring in UCD (1999)

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.

Sunday World article on UCD Student Bar (1988)

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.

Sunday World article on UCD Student Bar (1988)

Characters in Conversation: Stembridge and Dungan reminisce about 1970s Belfield

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.

Listen here.

UCD Ag Science Society (1976 – 1980)

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

a) Cartoon from Feb. 1977. b) Invitation to AG Science Society Xmas party (n.d.)

a) Cartoon of Ag students singing in bar. b) Ag science society UCD membership card. c) Cartoon of student bar. d) AGS flyer for Wednesday dance. e) UCD Summer Exams 1980 notice


UCD SC flyer to welcome AG students to Belfield. They moved from Earlsfort Terrace in 1980.

February 1979 protest march.


Image of crowd at 1979 AGS protest march.


Report of march. (Student newspaper?)

The Irish Times. 21/02/79

Irish Press. 20/02/79

John Cooper Clarke (UCD, 1981)

Belfield Fringe Festival – October 1978

Thanks to Ed Butler for sending this (recently scanned) advertisement from the In Dublin magazine showcasing the 1978 Belfield Fringe Festival. What a line up!

Belfield Fringe Festival (1978)

UCD Rag Week – KKK

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.

Click to view movie.

‘Twelve Apostles’ Well’ – Buried under the Stillorgan Dual – Carriageway

The Irish Times, 7 July 1930 (The Irishman's Diary, p.4)

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.

Bread and Roses (Student Feminist Magazine, c. 1974)

Bread and Roses was a Women’s Lib. fanzine published by women in Belfield in the mid 1970s. It was a crudely designed, black and white, 18 page stapled zine.

The slogan “Bread and Roses” originated in a poem of that name by James Oppenheim, published in The American Magazine in December 1911, which attributed it to “the women in the West.” It is commonly associated with a textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts during January-March 1912, now often known as the “Bread and Roses strike”.

I’ve been passed on issues 2 and 3. I’ve uploaded issue 2 (see below) and will get around to issue 3 as soon as possible. I’m not sure how many issues were published altogether. If anyone has any other copies, please get in touch.


Bread and Roses, Number 2:

Men – Where Is Your Courage? – Eileen Lynch
Feminism And Socialism – Betty Purcell
Women And The Law – Paula Scully
When A Man Wants A Woman (Poem) – Dory Previn
Women Your Body Is Your Own – Carol Louthe
A Poem – Marian Stenning
Self-help Clinics – Rosina Auberting
A Report On The International Womens Congress – Marion Connolly

Bread and Roses, Issue 2. Front Cover.