Art Cosgrove

Art Cosgrove, (born 1 June 1940) in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, was president of University College Dublin (UCD) between 1994 and 2003.


He was educated at the Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Newry.[1] He graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1961 with a first class honours BA in History,[1] and attended the Institute of Historical Research, in London from 1961 to 1962.[1] He was awarded his PhD by Queen's in 1971 and an LLD honoris causa in 1975 for distinction in historical work.[1] In 2007 Cosgrove obtained the Barrister-at-Law degree qualification from King's Inns but declined to take the statutory Irish exams needed to be called to the Bar by the Chief Justice of Ireland.[2] He took legal action over the issue.[3] Cosgrove is understood to be fluent in Irish but feels that the exam required by legislation passed in 1929 to be inappropriate in 2007.[2] The law was changed to provide a system for Barristers to learn Irish as part of their studies.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ a b Shortall, Eithne (9 September 2007). "Barrister set to challenge Gaeilge rule". Sunday Times (Ireland edition). p. 8. Retrieved 6 December 2021 – via Gale Academic OneFile.
  3. ^ Oireachtas, Houses of the (13 December 2007). "Legal Practitioners (Irish Language) Bill 2007: Second Stage. – Dáil Éireann (30th Dáil) – Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 – Houses of the Oireachtas".
  4. ^ Book (eISB), electronic Irish Statute. "electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB)".
Academic offices
Preceded by President of the University College Dublin
1994 – 2004
Succeeded by