Rock Climbing Club and LGBTA+ society are victorious at the Clubs and Socs Awards

Dara Browne

This year’s Clubs and Socs Awards ceremony took place online on April 2, due to the restrictions in place for COVID-19.

The annual event was hosted by Damien McEvoy on YouTube and was the 35th annual Clubs and Socs awards ceremony in DCU.

Head of Clubs and Societies, Siobhán Byrne, said that the virtual event was a great success.

“This year’s awards ceremony was astounding and this was due to the team’s professionalism, passion and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure that this year’s awards would happen,” Byrne said.

“The team included the C&S staff, CLC, SLC, OSL, Sport Development, our MC Damian McEvoy and also help and support from individual societies. We are so proud  and will remember this awards ceremony for a very long time to come.”

DCU Rock Climbing Club was awarded Club of the Year and DCU LGBTA Society were awarded Society of the Year.

This is the first year that the DCU Rock Climbing has won this award, following on from winning the award for ‘Most Promising Club’ in 2019.

“It feels amazing to have won club of the year,” said Eoin Glennane, captain of DCU Rock Climbing Club.

“Everyone on the committee and in the club has put in such a huge effort this year to make it one to remember.”

Society of the Year was also the first that the DCU LGBTA Society has won. Fergal McGuirk, Chairperson of the society, credited the committee and their members for “pushing [the society] to the forefront of society life in DCU.”

“It feels incredible! To be a part of this society for the last four years and to see how far we’ve come has been amazing. The committee put in so much work this year and I’m just so proud of them that they won this year.”

Both the Rock Climbing Club and the LGBTA Society have hosted large events throughout the year.

The LGBTA Society hosted their biggest event, ‘DCU Drag Race’ which completely sold out the Venue and raised over €5,000 for Dublin Lesbian Line.

“One of your biggest weeks in first semester was Trans and Non-Binary week.  We even got the staff of the library, Londis, Nubar and the SU to get involved and promote pronoun visibility week,” said McGuirk.

“I’d love to give a shout-out to the two runners up this year DCU Dance and DCU Drama. Both well deserving of the nomination, and thanks for helping us out throughout the year especially when it came to rainbow week.”

DCU Rock Climbing Club hosted the Irish Colleges Rock Climbing Intervarsity Competition in Awesome Walls Dublin and had the largest ever attendance for the event.

Byrne added, “All of our clubs, societies and individual nominees are winners. They have all worked so hard throughout the year and deserve their recognition. Their talent, enthusiasm, sporting excellence and commitment is truly inspiring. They go above and beyond and for that we are so proud of each and every one of them.”

Dara Browne

Image Credit: DCU LGBTA society