2009 Alumni Achievement Awards

Alumni Achievement Awards 2009

l/r Dr Michael Murphy, President UCC, Professor Eamonn Quigley, College of Medicine & Health Award, Dr Con Murphy, Alumnus Award for Voluntary Service to UCC, Mr Rory McInerney, College of Science, Engineering & Food Science, The Honourable Mr Justice Patrick J McCarthy, College of Business & Law and Mr Des Bishop, College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

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Outstanding achievers in the fields of the performing arts, the judiciary, medicine and business, were honoured by UCC at the 2009 Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony  on Friday, December 4th at UCC.On the night, UCC also honoured a fifth graduate with an Alumnus Award for Voluntary Service to the University.

The four distinguished UCC graduates who were honoured with Alumni Achievement Awards are:-


DES BISHOP has established himself as one of Ireland’s finest comedians with his unique style of observational comedy, most critical of his adopted home in Ireland and the America he left behind.Des has produced three phenomenally successful award-winning RTE television series.Des Bishop Work Experience is a part fly-on-the-wall documentary and part stand-up performance with a hard hitting social conscience.Joy in the Hood featured the comedian teaching stand-up comedy whilst living in a range of marginalized communities, including Knocknaheeny in Cork.His most recent series, In the Name of the Fadacovered his move to the Connemara Gaeltacht for twelve months of intense study of the Irish language.Des has released five stand-up DVDs, including Dysfunctional his most recent body of work.He has toured extensively in Ireland as well as internationally, performing highly acclaimed sell-out shows.


THE HON. MR JUSTICE PATRICK J McCARTHY was a barrister and senior counsel prior to his appointment to the High Court in May 2007.He is also a member of the Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee established in 2006 by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to oversee the development of a programme for the codification of the criminal law and to advise on the future maintenance of the code following enactment.


PROFESSOR EAMONN QUIGLEY is a leading international expert in the field of gastroenterology.Eamonn Quigley is Professor of Medicine and Human Physiology and a Principal Investigator at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at UCC. He serves as President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO-OMGE) and is the immediate past President of the American College of Gastroenterology.His major research interests include motility, functional gastrointestinal disease, neurogastroenterology, gastroesophageal reflux disease and probiotics in health and disease. He has published over 550 original papers, reviews, editorials and book chapters, and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work.


RORY McINERNEY is Vice President, Intel Corporation based in California. A native of Limerick, Rory leads multiple engineering teams responsible for the design and development of microprocessors for the high performance computing market, involving close to 1,000 R&D engineers across the United States. Rory is a founding member of the Irish Leadership Technology Group (ITLG), established in 2007 in Silicon Valley, comprised of technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish-American, with a commitment to helping Irish high-tech companies succeed globally. The group aims to help direct investment from Silicon Valley into Ireland while, at the same time, advising Irish companies trying to break into the American market.


DR CON MURPHY was honoured as the first ever recipient of the Alumnus Award for Voluntary Services to UCC.He combines his busy general practice in Cork City with his commitments to UCC GAA and his deep involvement with the Cork County Board GAA Inter-County Teams.He is Doctor to Cork Senior Football and & Hurling Teams since 1976.He is currently President of the UCC Gaelic Football Club and has been involved with the Club either as a selector or medical officer since the early 1970’s. Highlights with the Club include being team selector in 1973 and 1999 when UCC won the County Championships.


UCC is very grateful to its sponsors of the 2009 Awards Programme, Architectural & Metal Systems (AMS), Bank of Ireland, Boston Scientific, Henry Ford & Son Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The annual UCC Alumni Achievement Awards Programme honours graduates who have obtained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields. Both the Alumni Achievement Awards and the new Alumnus Award for Voluntary Service to UCC aim to foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and commitment to UCC amongst alumni.Dr Michael Murphy, UCC President said: “It gives me great pleasure to present an Alumnus Achievement Award to these graduates whose outstanding accomplishments have brought great honour to their alma mater. We regard our graduates as our global ambassadors and a valuable resource to the University.As I have outlined in the recently-published University’s Strategic Plan for 2009-2012, the university plans to further deepen and extend its engagement with its global community of graduates.”

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