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The start of farewell to the Terrace

Memories of UCD from the 1950s and 1960s

Wish you were here?


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With growing student numbers and limited space, as you can see from the picture of the crowded science lab, studying at the Terrace and Merrion St. could be a packed affair! In 1960 it was decided it was time for a move, but it would be another 10 years before you bid farewell to Earlsfort Terrace.

In 1962 President Éamon de Valera turns the sod for the new Arts Building in Belfield as Michael Tierney looks on.

The moped was fresh to Ireland and Ita Byrne was at the forefront of the new vogue.

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Do you recognise any familiar faces or memories? These memories and photos were sent to us by students who attended UCD during the 50s and 60s.

You learnt from the best! “Garret FitzGerald took students to the Country Shop in Stephen’s Green for Coffee and chat about current economic issues. His idealism and commitment to the right causes, such as the ‘European Idea’ and ‘antiapartheid’.”

Olaf Burke, BComm, 1964

Former Irish Taoiseach Dr. Garret FitzGerald, won the hearts and minds of so many of you as a favourite lecturer.

“Greatest memory UCD, firstly, Garret FitzGerald’sof MA ics class tutorials on a WednesdaEcy onom even ing in Earlsfort Terrace…..”

Joe Dillon, BA, 1959

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It wasn’t all work and no play! As these pictures show, the Ag dance on a Wednesday and the St Patrick’s Day Céilí at the regular hot spot the Olympic Ballroom were popular memories.

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“Standing in the hall at Earlsfort Terrace making friends, many of whom I still have today”.

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Conor Doyle, BA, 1966

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You were united in protest and calling for change! Who wears the trousers? If fifties fashion was characterised by glamour and full skirts, and sixties fashion by plunging necklines and raising hems, the more pressing question on the Terrace was who got to wear the trousers. Prohibited from wearing trousers to classes in UCD, the first woman to break this sartorial taboo was Brenda O’Hanrahan in 1965!

Many notable print and broadcast journalists cut their teeth in the pages of Awake and Campus including Conor Brady, Kevin Myers and Vincent Brown.

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Wish You Were Here?  

Memories of UCD from the 1950s and 1960s

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