UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her. UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges at Cork, Galway and Belfast.

The site chosen for the college is particularly appropriate given its connection with the patron saint of Cork, St Finbarr. It is believed his monastery and school stood on the bank of the river Lee, which runs through the lower grounds of the University.

University College Cork (UCC) is the principal university in the province of Munster and the largest outside Dublin UCC, provides over 120 degree and professional programmes through some 60 Disciplines.