Details incomplete. The Cub would appreciate assistance in obtaining additional relevant information.

The following are highlights of the history of the First XV, with particular reference to the Leinster Senior Cup which the Club has won on the eight occasions listed below.

  • 1919 Cup Stalemate - see Anecdotes number 50.     In 1919 before the official post-war resumption of rugby, the Dublin League was played between UCD, Trinity South Africans, College of Science, St.Mary's, Blackrock College and Merrion. UCD and Trinity SA qualified for the final but after two replays the competition was abandoned.
  • In 1920/21 UCD made their debut in the final but were defeated by Trinity SA  5 - 0.
  • In 1922/23 UCD again made the final but were well beated 18 - 0 by Bective.


1.          THE FIRST CUP WIN  1923-24 :       UCD 18 - Monkstown 3

NUI RFC Leinster Senior Cup Winners 1923 24.jpg Thumbnail01923-24 (captain  A.W.Spain).

For it's first success UCD defeated Monkstown 18 - 3 in the final, having defeated the great Trinity team 11 - 8 in the first round and Blackrock 8 - 4 in the semi-final..

The final was played in dreadful conditions including a snow storm in the second half.

The Team was J O'Sullivan, F Russell, TV Davy, GPS Hogan, J Silke, E O'D Davy, P McGowan, A Courtney, M Brosnan, J Liddy, AW Spain (Captain), J Cullen, M Piggott, N Winters, E Hanrahan.








UCD 0 - Bective 3


UCD 3 - Trinty 11 (the Club's fifth final in six years) TEAM PHOTO


UCD 4 - Lansdowne 6

(insert here articles re UCD 12 - Blackrock 6; UCD 4 - TCD 3; UCD 4 Lansdowne 6.) 

(insert photo 1932/33 capt B M Glynn)


2.          THE SECOND CUP WIN 1937-38:    UCD 6 - Clontarf 3

1937-38 (captain T.C.Boland).

1937 38 LSC Bate.jpg Thumbnail0The second cup victory was under the captaincy of Tim Boland and in the final 

UCD defeated Clontarf 6 - 3, with two tries scored by Terry Bradley and Tom Prenderville. The team played a seven forwards and eight backs formation.

Bective had been defeated 14 - 8 in the semi-final, Wanderers 8 - 3 in the second round and Lansdowne 18 - 3 after a 9 - 9 draw in the first round.

The TEAM in the final was P Crean, T Bradley, A Bailey, T Chamberlain, T Prenderville, D O'Brien, W Dallas, J Thompson, J Ryan, R Magner, T Boland (Captain), T Headon, F O'Dwyer, P O'Meara, P Morrissey. They went on to win the Bateman Cup (the All Ireland Cup) the following Saturday.

COLLEGE WIN THE CUP - An Exciting Struggle with Clontarf in the Final Irish Times April 18, 1938

The Bateman Cup was also won this season 


1944/45 team lists are on the Annual Dinner menu card (to be uploaded here)


 3.          THE THIRD CUP WIN 1947-48:        UCD 4 - Trinity 0

1947 48 Leinster Senior Cup Team.jpg Thumbnail01947-48 (captain Gerry O'Reilly)

Trinity was defeated 4 - 0 in the final, Old Wesley 14 - 8 in the semi and Belvedere 3 - 0 and Wanderers 22 - 8 in the second and first rounds.

1948 Win - article by Peter Clarke and Terence Coveney

Team photo here 

(press reports awaited.)

60th Anniversary Photo of 1948 Team - Club Programme 2008/09


1950 Cup Final v Lansdowne - Team List

Photo of Irish team v Scotland with John Blayney and Jack Molony awarded their cap from the Club Programme 2008/09 

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Team Photo - Alex Spain captain - 1991/92 Club Programme


1954/55 Team List from 32nd Annual Dinner card.





UCD lose final ( 6 - 8 ) after a replay ( 8 - 8 ) v Blackrock

Team Lists - Captain Henry Wall

UCD's GREAT RALLY EARNED THEM REPLAY, Irish Press, April 30, 1961

OUTSTANDING FINAL ENDS IN EXCITING DRAW by PD MacWeeney, Irish Times, April 30, 1961


Press Photos from initial draw - F. Byrne & M. Butler


4.          THE FOURTH CUP WIN 1962-63:             UCD 12 - St.Marys 3

 1962-63 (captain Jimmy Kelly)


  • St Marys were defeated 12 - 3 in the final1 photo 1.JPG Thumbnail0
  • Palmerstown 8 - 0 in the semi
  • Old Wesley 15 - 0 in the quarter final.

The TEAM in the final was:

F. Byrne, PJ Dwyer, C.Flannery, P.Casey, A.Moroney, M.coughlan, T.Watson, M O'Mahony, A.Brady, M.Carey, J.C.Kelly (Capt.), M.Doyle, D.Roughan, E.Thornton, G.Tormey, J.Murray.

Match preview articles:

FORWARD PAVE THE WAY FOR U.C.D. VICTORY, by Paul MacWeeney, Irish Times, April 22, 1963

U.C.D. HOLD THE TRUMP CARD by Paul MacWeeney, Irish Times, May 4, 1963


Post Match Articles:

NO CHEERS AS U.C.D. WIN TROPHY by Paul MacWeeney, Irish Times, May 6, 1963

A REMARKABLE TREBLE FOR UCD IN 63 by Kieran Rooney, Sunday Independent, April 13, 1986

Club Secretary's (Adrian Burke) Annual Report 1962-63

UCD THE TEAM OF THE YEAR by Joe Sherwood, Evening Press


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    40th Reunion at 2003 Annual Dinner, O'Reilly Hall, Belfield







50th Anniversary Dinner, Fitzwilliam L.T.C. - March 2013

1962/63 season also saw the 2nd's win the Metropolitan Cup and the Freshmen win the O'Connell Minor Cup - a unique achievement. Attached photo of the 3 cup winning teams.


5.          THE FIFTH CUP WIN 1963-64:     UCD 11 - Bective 6

1963-64 (captain Mick Doyle)

  • Bective was defeated in the final 11 -6,
  • St Marys 5 - 3 in the semi
  • Clontarf 6 - 3 in the quarter final.

1963/64 Leinster Senior Cup Campaign outlined, 1993/94 Club Programme

(Team photo and press reports awaited.)


1966-67 (captain Al Moroney)

Lost to Terenure 5-6 in the final - 2 drop goals to a converted try (Oh for the five point try!).

 (Insert data from John Craig file - cup match programmes v Terenure (5-6) and Wanderers (11-3)

FORWARD SENT OFF BUT TERENURE WIN by Gordon Graham, Sunday Press, April 30th, 1967 

1967 TEAM PHOTO from 1997/98 Club Programme


6.          THE SIXTH CUP WIN 1969-70:     UCD 14 - TERENURE 3

1969-70 (captain Derek Scally)

Team pictured below:

Back row: Jimmy Kelly (Coach), Paul McCarthy, Peter Bannon, Con Feighery, Nick Sweetman, Kevin Mays, Tom Grace, Michael McGrail (Hon. Sec.)

Middle row: Tom Feighery, Henry Stewart, Joe Commisky, Henry Murphy, Derek Scally (Captain), Shay Deering, Frank O'Driscoll, Liam Naughton, Fergus Slattery

Front: Frank O'Brien, Jimmy Kinahane, Mick Smyth, Brendan Troy


  • Terenure were defeated 14 - 3 in the final,1967 LSC photo.jpg Thumbnail0
  • Palmerston 28 - 3 in the semi,
  • Old Wesley 15 - 5 in the second round
  • Belvedere 5 - 0 in the first round






SUPER DISPLAY EARNS UCD PLAUDITS OF DAY by Paul MacWeeney, Irish Times April 27, 197069 70 LSC 2010anndin.jpg Thumbnail0

Team Photo of the 1969/70 team taken at the 2010 Annual Dinner.










7.          THE SEVENTH CUP WIN 1976-77

1976-77 (captain Dave Ramsay)

  • Terenure were defeated 9 - 6 in the final,1977 LSC photo.jpg Thumbnail0
  • Blackrock 15 - 10 in the semi,
  • Palmerston 6 - 3 in the second round
  • Portlaoise 27 - 3 in the first round

TEAM LISTS with "Autographs" from the Cup Final Programme

DAVE RAMSAY REMEMBERED by Kieran Rooney from Colours Programme 1980

1st ROUND:

  • COAKLEY'S KICKING BEATS PORTLAOISE by Paul Mac Weeney, Irish Times
  • UCD PUT PAID TO PORTLAOISE by John Redmond, Irish Press

2nd ROUND: 


Pre Match Synposis - IT'S THE CUP THAT CHEERS AGAIN! The Mitchel Cogley Corner, Irish Independent

Post Match Analysis-

  • YOUTHFUL UCD by John Redmond, Irish Press


Preview - BOTH SIDES SET FOR SHOWDOWN by Bob Messenger, Irish Press

Post Match Analysis-

  • STUDENTS' CUP- BUT IT SHOULD BE REPLAY SAY 'NURE, by Colm Smith, Sunday Independent May 5, 1977
  • TRIUMPH FOR COAKLEY AS LUCK GOES UCD'S WAY by Edmund Van Esbeck, Irish Times
  • Photo from Sunday Independent - Brendan Mays gains possession in line-out.

1st Reunion Dinner - Guest List - ? 1987


8.         THE EIGHTH CUP WIN 2010-11

6 002.jpg Thumbnail02010-11 (captain Andy Cummiskey)

Team Photo of team and winning kick from the Club Prog 2011/12.)

(Team photo and press reports awaited.) 

Review & Preview - Extract from 2011/12 fixture card


More detail awaited.

UCD became All Ireland Champions for the only time in 1937/38.

  • Having won the Leinster Senior Cup they defeated Young Munster in the final one week later 16 -6. Instonians had been defeated the previous day. They were without the injured Aidan Bailey and Tom Chamberlain who were replaced by Des Ryan in the pack and Sean Morrissey in the centre, the team having reverted to the eight forwards and seven backs formation from the reverse formation used to win the Leinster Senior Cup.

(Insert team photo link here) .The team was: P Crean, T Bradley, S Morrissey, T Prenderville, D O'Brien, W Dallas, J Thompson, J Ryan, R Magner, T Boland (Captain), T Headon, D Ryan, F O'Dwyer, P O'Meara, P Morrissey. (additional data awaited).

THREE SUCCESSIVE SATURDAYS IN 1938 by Peter Clarke from Club Programme 1997/98

Details incomplete. Assistance in locating additional data would be appreciated.

The All Ireland League was reformed for the 1993/94 season by including in Division 3 of the expanded AIL, the winners of the four  provincial Senior Leagues of the previous season 1992/93.  4 006.jpg Thumbnail0UCD had won the 1992/93 Leinster Senior League (Captain Andy Donovan) and hence promotion to Division 3 of the new AIL.

1992/93 1st XV Team Photo

The Club has been promoted on 4 occasions in the All Ireland League, during the first 100 years.


1st PROMOTION - 1993/94

On entering the AIL UCD becomes Div 3 champions (Captain Andy Donovan) and promotion to Division 2..

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The team conceded only 4 tries in 11 matches.

UCD - AIL DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONS 1993/94 by Peter Clarke - 1994/95 Club Programme

Team photo from cover 1994/95 Club Programme

(press or match reports to follow).



After a most unlucky campaign the Club is immediately relegated back to Div 3.(press /match reports to follow).

A POINT TOO FEW by Peter Clarke from 1995/96 Club Programme.



The Club had a most difficult season finishing second from bottom - but there was no relegation due to the reorganisation of the league that season.

BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED - UCD & THE AIL 1995/96 by Peter Clarke - 1996/97 Club Programme

1996/97 Team photo

1998 Team photo


2nd PROMOTION - 1998/99

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The Club emerges as Div 3 champions (CAPTAIN: Gordon Cantwell), coached by Lee Smith and Dara Rowley.

Team Photo

(press/match reports)

THE CANTWELL YEARS: 1998-99 - Club Programme 2008/09


3rd PROMOTION - 2000/01

2 021.jpg Thumbnail0The Club wins Div 2 (Captain Shane Moore) and becomes the first University side in Division 1.

(press/match reports to be inserted here).

1stXV Team Photo



UCD finished a comfortable 6th. The first match in Div 1 was against a formidable Shannon side and UCD emerged  31 - 29 victors (press report here and link to Anecdote )


Survival was the focus in 2002/03 but in 2003/04 the Club finished 10th, 2004/05 in 6th position (Reports to be inserted here) and 9th in 2005/06.  A penalty kicked in the last few minutes of the last match was just enough to retain Div 1 status in the following season. (Press report here).

In 2007/08 the Club ended in 10th place. 102 NOT OUT - Reflections of UCD's Division 1 performance to date by Peter Clarke - 2008/09 Club Programme

2008/09 - After 8 seasons in Div 1, a drop goal from 50 yards in the last minute of the last match resulted in relegation back to Div 2.  Some say that the drop-kick only gained cross-bar height when it bounced over it with its last gasp. 

(Press report to be obtained here).

2009/10 resulted in a 13th place finish in Div 2.


 4th PROMOTION - 2010/11

The Centenary Season, was celebrated by victory in the Leinster Senior Cup (changed to a league basis) after a most successful Club tour to South Africa. ( Insert link here to Club Tour to SA )

The season ended on a very high note with promotion  to Div 1 (section B) as runners-up in Div 2.

(press reports and team photo to be inserted here - Captain Andy Cummiskey )


2011/12 Season

Survival Saturday by Ruaidhri O'Connor - Club Programme 2012/13


2012/13 Season - PROMOTION TO DIVISION 1A.

UCD SECURE TOP-FLIGHT PLACE IN REAL STYLE by John O'Sullivan, Irish Times, May 07, 2013

UCD DELIVERS POSITIVE PROGNOSIS FOR AIL'S FUTURE by Tony Ward, Irish Independent, May 07. 2013.

(Team photo to be inserted - Captain Risteard Byrne)


Insert photo from Club Prog 2009/10

.Details incomplete

The Club has won the Metropolitan Cup on 14 occasions.

1.  1921/22. UCD win the inaugral Metro Cup by beating Blackrock 11 - 3 in the final.

2.  1924/25

3.  1931/32.

4.  1932/33.

5.  1934/35.

6.  1941.42.

7.  1954/55.

8.  1956/57.

9.  1962/63.




photo from 1991/92 Club Programme - Captain David Cantrell.


photo from Club Progranne 1992/93 - Captain Tony McDowell.


Further details pending.

1914. UCD has its first competitive win - the then Junior Cup. Merrion were defeated in the final 24 - 0.This win made UCD eligible for Senior status but this was delayed until after WW2.

Team photo available and press reports to come.

Incomplete. Additional data awaited.

The Club has won the Junior League (J1) on twelve occasions.

1. 1931/32

2. 1935/36

3. 1939/40

4. 1941/42

5. 1942/43  Insert team photo from 1993/94 Club Prog.

6. 1945/46

7. 1951/52

8. 1956/57

9. 1961/62

10. 1965/66

11. 1968/69

12. 1987/88 - (insert copy of original photo which is better than the version in the Club Prog 1988/89 - captain David Brophy)



Metropolitan Plate success a fine end to a tough season - by Ian Wyse from 2012/13 Club Programme


This Trophy has been won on six occasions.

1. 1960/611961 Fresh photo.jpg Thumbnail0

Freshmen photo - Capt Brian Keogh


The team was Brian Keogh, Pat Gill, Paddy Cahill, Tommy O'Reilly, Owen Brady, Les Dowley, Adrian Burke, Al Moroney, Mick Cantrell, Jim Killeen, Tom O'Reilly, Joe McKenna, Malachy Coughlan, Donal Chambers, John Craig.

2. 1962/63

Freshmen photo,

A REMARKABLE TREBLE FOR UCD IN 63 by Kieran Rooney, Sunday Independent, April 13, 1986

1962/63 season also saw the 2nd's win the Metropolitan Cup and the Freshmen win the O'Connell Minor Cup - a unique achievement. Attached photo of the 3 cup winning teams.treble photo and press report awaited.

3. 1973/74.

4. 1976/77.

5. 1985/86.

Freshmen team photo 1985/86 - 1987 Colours programme/Club Prog 1992/93

6. 1986/87.


The Minor League (J2) has been won on nine occasions.

1. 1930/31.

2. 1938/39.

3. 1940/41.

4. 1941/42.

5. 1942/43. team photo from 1990/91 Club Prog.

6. 1964/65.

7. 1967/68.

8. 1977/78.

9. 1986/87.


The Moran Cup has been won by the Club on three occasions.

1. 1950/51.

2. 1954/55.

3. 1986/87.

Insert - 1987 winners - team photo with names from Colours Prog 1987

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