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My story: ‘First year and university in general is a world of opportunities if you choose to avail of them’

Peadar Flood, Law with French Law, UCD

Published 17/08/2016 | 06:38

Peadar Flood from Navan pictured in the Iveagh Gardens
Peadar Flood from Navan pictured in the Iveagh Gardens

It was a love of languages at school, specifically French and Irish, and a definite interest in studying law, that led Peadar Flood to his perfect CAO choice.

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He found a way of combining all three by firstly choosing to study law with French Law at University College Dublin (UCD) where he was also a recipient of the college’s Scéim Chonaithe na Gaeilge (Irish Language Residence Scheme) scholarship in his first year. Another factor was the opportunity to study abroad in third year, which took him to Toulouse, France, from where he recently returned.

After coming home from France, the 21-year-old from Navan, Co Meath started a summer internship with a major Dublin law firm before settling into his final year.

Apart from excelling at his studies, Peadar has enjoyed, and made a great contribution to, all aspects of university life, getting stuck in from the very beginning, “During Orientation Week  I went to everything on offer and tried to spread the net as wide as possible,” he says.

A love of debating instilled in him in Beaufort College, Navan continued through involvement in the UCD Literary & Historical (L&H) Society. Peadar became its Programme Director for an outreach programme, run in conjunction with the UCD Access Centre, that provides debating workshops to second-level students in disadvantaged areas.

He joined the UCD Law Society, An Cumann Gaelach, and the Windsurfing Club and among his accolades are a Medal for Outstanding Service and Dedication by the L&H.

He was recently awarded the Arthur Cox Contribution to Student Life Award, presented annually to two students who are both in the top 15 GPA (grade point average) in their year in Law while also demonstrating their contribution to university life.

The busy undergraduate also found time to be joint editor of Cogar, an Irish language magazine published by UCD students and was involved in organising céilís for UCD International students and also Yoga as Gaeilge. “As clichéd as it may sound, first year and university in general is a world of opportunities if you choose to avail of them,” says Peadar.

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