Spotlight 2017

Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

20 Mar 2017
Marc O'Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

Marc O’Reilly is a Medicine graduate turned singer-songwriter who is garnering critical acclaim in the music press. Marc’s sound blends folk, blues and roots alongside well-crafted lyrics making him one of the most exciting artists on the scene today. 

Course/subjects studied in University College Cork


Best memory of UCC

There is quite a few to be honest but I think graduation day was a really special memory for me and my friends. It seemed so far off when we started but felt like a great sense of achievement at the end of an awesome journey.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

My time at UCC definitely instilled a great work ethic and ethos in me, values that have shaped who I am and what I am doing today.

What is your advice to current UCC students?

I would say choose something that makes you happy. Work hard and remember that university is a stepping stone, part of the journey, and one you definitely need to enjoy!

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

My friends were and still are such a positive influence on me. Some of my closest friends today are the ones I made during my time at university. I also remember something that our Professor of Anatomy, Prof Maher, told us on our first day: "Some of the most important things you will learn during your time here are not the ones you learn in a lecture hall but what you will learn outside". This still resonates with me today.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I was involved in the UCC Surgeon Noonan Society during 4th year. It was such an amazing experience and one I still hold very dear today.

Favourite UCC legend or superstition

I think it’s got to be the one about not standing on the crest under the arch or on the grass of the quad before you graduate or else you will fail your finals, definitely concentrated the mind when walking around those parts!

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