UCD’s Rag week has returned to campus after a near decade absence. The events of the week, which runs from February 1st to 5th include those organised by UCDSU and the Societies’ Council with all funds raised going to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Peter McVerry Trust and the Berkeley Fund.

Highlights are set to include the UCD Rag Ball on Monday, headlined by Mark McCabe of Maniac 2000 fame, Refreshers Day in the Astra Hall on Tuesday offering students a second go at joining clubs and societies, Mundy & Mickey Joe Harte on Wednesday, UCD’s Battle of the Bands winner supporting the Strypes and the Academic on Thursday and an Erasmus Cliché party on Friday.

Other events include a Rag week Radio, a live 24-hour charity broadcast by Belfield FM. The station will broadcast continuously from 12 midday on Tuesday until 12 midday Wednesday from their studios in the Student Centre and other locations. Station manager Jonny Byrne is hopeful that the event will give a boost to much needed fundraising, telling the College Tribune that “Belfield FM will be plugging a text line throughout the broadcast and encourage all to donate as much as they can afford to four very worthy causes.”

  • Seán O’Reilly, Editor