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Hugo MacNeill (Class of 1977)

Past Pupil Hugo MacNeill (Class of 1977) is running as a candidate for the Trinity College Seanad seat. Hugo captained the successful SCT team of 1977 (having won the JCT in 1973 and the SCT in 1975) and won the General Excellence award. Hugo coached a number of SCT and JCT teams. He went on to play rugby for Ireland (and the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand in 1983.  He studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin where he was a Foundation Scholar of TCD and went on to masters in Economics at Oxford University where he captained the rugby club.  In addition to a successful career in international finance and business he has always remained involved in projects relating to social justice. He backed Amnesty International by refusing to tour with the Irish rugby team in 1981 to the then Apartheid South Africa. He helped in the setting up of the third world charity GOAL in Trinity and in the UK and has been involved for 40 years in projects relating to peace in Northern Ireland through the Ireland Funds, Co Operation Ireland, the Peace International and the British Irish Association. In his work with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities he has helped grow the business partner network (who take on our graduates) from four of Irelands leading companies in 2016 to forty today. His ambition is to extend this model across the country.

As a speaker at a number of Union events, Hugo has maintained a consistent and supportive relationship with the College and Union as a speaker and active participant in a number of Union events. He currently has a son in Willow Park.

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