A Virtual Night at the UCD Classical Museum

Join Access Classics for A Virtual Night at the UCD Classical Museum!

Tuesday 23 March at 6 pm


The talk can be accessed over Zoom. Simply click the link, and we’ll see you there!


If you would like to see other examples of the types of artefacts held at the UCD Classical Museum, check out our short tour on YouTube.


Attention all language lovers!!

Access Classics is delighted to join forces with the SPARC UCDictionary project in order to bring you an exciting competition! To enter, fill out the form at this link with your favourite Latin or Greek word(s) by 5 April 2021 and you could win a One4All voucher. The total prize value is up to €100!

If you would like to enter a word but are unsure of how to enter the original Greek script, just send us an email at access.classics@ucd.ie and we can help. We look forward to reading your great entries!

Young Classicist Awards

Calling all young Classicists! The Young Classicist Awards 2021 is now open for entries! This exciting initiative encourages secondary-school students to present a project on any aspect of Classics – this can be a craft, such as a poster or a painting, or it can involve some manner of performance, such as singing or recitation.

The awards categories are as follows:

Robin Miller Award – Senior. This award is for senior competitors, from 4th to 6th year.

Dionysus Award – Junior. This award is for junior competitors, from 1st to 3rd year.

Athena Award. This is open to all students, and it encourages students to connect their project to one of the UN sustainable development goals.

Palma Lingua Antiqua. This award is open to all students who have Ancient Greek and/or Latin as a substantial part of their project.

The deadline for entries is 23 April 2021, and all entries must be submitted digitally. Full details on entry requirements and dates, past winners and contact information can be found in the documents below. Access Classics was delighted to be part of the Young Classicist Awards last year, and we can’t wait to see all the great entries this year! Good luck to all!

For a copy of the brochure, poster, success criteria and application form, please click on the images below.



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Application form:

Access Classics Website Webinar Launch

The launch of our website (accessclassics.ie) last Wednesday brought a spring to our step during a dreary January! Our webinar event, hosted by the Head of the School of Classics, Dr Martin Brady, comprised the Access Classics team (Ms Tasneem Filaih, Dr Bridget Martin and Dr Christopher Farrell) giving an overview of the programme and invited panellists from schools which have participated in the programme from its infancy describing what Access Classics has brought to their schools and students.

Firstly, Dr Martin Brady introduced co-director of the programme Dr Bridget Martin, who discussed the aims and methodology of Access Classics. Dr Martin also discussed her Transition Year Unit, which she referred to as Access Classics’ “Trojan Horse” as it has the potential to introduce Classics to secondary schools throughout Ireland which currently cannot or do not offer Classics as a subject, as well as offering additional resources to those schools which do currently offer Classics and/or the Classical languages. Co-director Dr Christopher Farrell then spoke about current resources for the Junior and Senior Cycle Classics offerings (featured on our website!) and future resources to come down the line.

Mr Danny Delany, who is a Classics teacher in St Fintan’s High School, Sutton, discussed his class’ school trip to the UCD campus, hosted by Access Classics. The students were given a tour of the campus by UCD students and a tour of the Classical Museum by Dr Christopher Farrell and Dr Bridget Martin. He explained that the students were delighted to examine artefacts in person, bringing to life what they had previously seen only in pictures in school books! The excitement of this trip and a school visit by the Access team, Mr Delany said, generated conservation about and awareness of Classics as a subject in his school and is encouraging uptake of the subject. Mr Delaney also discussed an online session hosted by Dr Farrell during the pandemic, which his students enjoyed immensely!

(Anti-clockwise from top right) Ms Tasneem Filaih, Mr Danny Delany, Dr Louise Maguire, Dr Bridget Martin, Dr Christopher Farrell and Head of the School of Classics, Dr Martin Brady.

Dr Louise Maguire, head of Latin in Blackrock College, also discussed her and her students’ experience as one of the pilot schools for the Access Classics programme. During her presentation, Dr Maguire described her students’ joy at being able to handle artefacts from the ancient world during an object handling session and showed some very interesting examples of the Transition Year Unit resources being used in the classroom, particularly those related to language! Dr Maguire also highlighted the benefit of having a ready source of information for pupils to ask about the pursuit of Classics at third level, and she explained the value of the sense of community which the programme can bring to teachers and students alike.

The website launch ended with a quick reflection on what would be coming soon to the website, how schools could engage and interact with Access Classic, and the current and upcoming social media tools generated and overseen by Ms Tasneem Filaih, co-founder and team member of Access Classics. Dr Brady ended the webinar by thanking all attendees for joining and the panellists for presenting. He also offered special congratulations to the Access Classics team on their recent (December 2020) UCD Values In Action award!

Access Classics would like to thank once again Dr Louise Maguire and Mr Danny Delaney for sharing their and their students’ experiences of Access Classics and everyone who gave up an hour of their very limited time to join us for the launch! Make sure to keep an eye on our website for new resources and to keep up to date with our news, and get in contact if you have any questions, requests or suggestions!

UCD Arts and Humanities Virtual Open Evening (28 January, from 6.30pm)

Would you like to learn more about undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in University College Dublin!? If so, the UCD School of Arts and Humanities is holding a Virtual Open Evening on Thursday, 28 January from 6.30pm, via Zoom.

This is a great opportunity for students to find out about the subjects you can take as part of a UCD Arts and Humanities degree (including Classics!) and where that degree can take you in life! You will also meet some current students and learn about their experiences of undertaking a BA degree at UCD!

The running order for the evening is:

  • Welcome from our Dean of Undergraduate Studies and overview of our courses: BA Humanities (DN530), BA Joint Honours (DN520) and BA Modern Languages (DN541)
  • Internships and popular career options
  • Student Experience and live Q&A.

You can find out more or register to attend here (places are filling up fast!).

Access Classics wins a UCD Values in Action award!

VIA awardees Access Classics

The Access Classics team – Tasneem Filaih, Dr Christopher Farrell and Dr Bridget Martin – were delighted to win a UCD Values in Action (VIA) award in December 2020. These awards recognise individuals and teams in UCD who bring to life the University’s values of collegiality, creativity, diversity, engagement, excellence and integrity. Congratulations to all of the great teams and individuals who won a VIA award (see here for more information), and thank you to Dr Martin Brady for nominating us!

Access Classics becomes the first international partner of Advocating Classics Education (ACE)

In 2020, Access Classics was delighted to become the first international partner of Advocating Classics Education (ACE), a UK-based initiative for the promotion of Classical Studies in education. ACE does fantastic work in promoting and facilitating the uptake of Classics in educational institutes in order to introduce as many students as possible to the joys and benefits of learning about ancient Greece and Rome. We look forward to exciting cross-country collaborations in the future! You can find out more about ACE here.

Classical Association of Ireland Latin summer school 2021

Our colleagues in the Classical Association of Ireland are delighted to offer a unique opportunity to secondary school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to learn Latin in a fun and immersive two-week course, conceived and created by Dr Cosetta Cadau. The course will be taught by very experienced Latin teachers and is aimed at complete beginners. More details can be found here. If you or your students would like to try some fun every-day Latin, check out this wonderful quiz created by Dr Cadau! (This is a Kahoot quiz that works best being played in classroom groups.) Congratulations to all involved in this exciting new initiative to promote Latin!