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The UCC Quadrangle with blue sky surrounding it

Discover our History

Discover the History of UCC

Set on 42 acres of wooded ground, only a 10 minute walk from Cork City Centre, our college was established in 1845 after a long campaign for a higher education institution in Munster. On these pages you can find out more about the history of UCC.

Discover our History

Queen’s College Cork, now University College Cork, formally came into existence on 30 December 1845

115 students enrolled in QCC when the university first opened its gates to students in 1849

In 1910 UCC appointed Mary Ryan as Professor of Romance Languages, the first female professor in Ireland.

The stone corridor of the Main Quadrangle is home to the largest collection of Ogham Stones, on public display in Ireland

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF