UCC Love Stories

Brendan Hayes and Christina Murhill

14 Feb 2020
Christina Murhill BSocSc (2010), PGDipSW (2012) and Brendan Hayes BCL (2008), LLB (2009), LLM (2010).

"Our favourite memories are probably our society weekend trips away with our friends".

UCC sweethearts, Christina Murhill and Brendan Hayes got engaged on campus last Easter. Brendan proposed in the Quad and they had a professional photographer on hand to capture the moment. The couple now live and work in Dublin - Brendan as a solicitor with A&L Goodbody and Christina as a Mental Health Social Worker. They are both on the committee of the new Dublin Alumni Chapter. Brendan and Christina share their #ucclovestory.

What courses did you both study at UCC?

Brendan: Christina completed BSocSc (2010) and PGDipSW (2012) and I completed BCL (2008), LLB (2009) and LLM (2010).

How did you first meet?

We were both very involved in and became good friends through, various societies and the Students Union. We knew each other for nearly a year before we started going out.

What is your favourite memory from your time together at UCC?

Apart from proposing on-campus last year, our favourite memories are probably our society weekend trips away with our friends. We travelled from Donegal to Dublin to Tullamore. We are still in touch with our friends and whilst we may go months (or even years) without seeing each other, when do meet up it is as if we are back in college!

Is there a campus spot that has special meaning for you both?

As we were both so involved in societies, and Brendan subsequently worked in the Accommodation Office which was in the same building, we spent a lot of time in the Societies Office on Carrigside (on College Road). We also both served on the Societies Guild and a new 'Societies Hub' was opened during our time. It was a lot smaller than the state-of-the-art building which opened in UCC in recent months! The 'Societies Hub' became a place where we met with friends, de-briefed after college events and was conveniently close to the Old Bar so we could run across for our lunchtime sandwich from Mary!

Do you have a favourite song as a couple?

We started going out in 2008 and a big hit in the previous few months was Amy Winehouse's Valerie. It was played everywhere we went that year and it became 'our song'.

What is your favourite date night idea in Cork?

Rossini's Italian Restaurant, followed by a good movie at the Gate and a nightcap in Cissie Youngs to finish. We recently travelled back to Cork and whilst Rossini's has not changed, we see that Cissie Youngs now has snugs and a gin list (there was none of that in our time!).


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