Alumni Spotlight

Leah Hearne - Curator & Producer

20 Sep
Leah Hearne

Leah Hearne - Arts Festivals and Events Curator & Producer. 

Leah was co-ordinator of the Cork Culture Night last Friday, 16 September.

Subjects studied in UCC

Music and English

Best memory of UCC

There are lots associated with Gamelan, which I'm still involved with now, and the first and second Ireland Sacred Harp Conventions in the Aula Maxima were certainly highlights as well.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

It was great for getting to know so many interesting and wonderful people. I regularly work with people I met in classes, societies or through classmates in UCC. There are certainly many skills I developed during my degrees which continue to serve me. I'm also thankful for the diversity was exposed to in my classes - Old English, Shakespeare, German Expressionist Cinema, Javanese Gamelan, American Folk Music, Futurism - it all laid a foundation of cultural knowledge which allows me to contextualise and appreciate all that I encounter now.

What is your advice to current UCC students?

Don't put off until tomorrow what can be done today, try not to get caught up in stress, and enjoy the education. By education I don't just mean the academics but the whole experience. You'll never again be in an environment where you're exposed to such a wealth of new ideas, knowledge, experiences and so many different people, relish that. And take advantage of that free Mardyke membership while you have it.

Favourite UCC legend or superstition


I only know the ones about not stepping on the Quad or the crest or you'll fail your exams, I love that people still avoid them. I also heard that if a woman steps on the crest she'll fall pregnant shortly afterwards which is pretty funny.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

Capriccio Society (so many great memories from those Thursday night open mic sessions) and the Film Society.

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