On the 22 September 2016, UCD’s Dramatic Society and the UCD Literary & Historical Society dually presented Jane Lynch with an Honorary Fellowship and the James Joyce Award, for her outstanding contribution to theatre and the performing arts.
The Honorary Fellowship is awarded by Dramsoc to those who have achieved excellence in various aspects of theatre. Previous recipients include the actor Ralph Fiennes and the playwright Conor McPherson. The James Joyce award is awarded by the L&H to those who have achieved outstanding success in their given field. Previous actors to receive the award include Martin Freeman and Alan Rickman.