2007 Alumni Achievement Awards

Outstanding achievers in the fields of arts, the judiciary, business and medicine were honoured by UCC at the 2007 Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony sponsored by Henry Ford & Son, Limited on the 7th December 2007 in the Aula Maxima, UCC. The annual UCC Alumni Achievement Awards Programme honours graduates who have obtained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields. The Awards aim to foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement and commitment to UCC amongst alumni.  Dr Michael Murphy, President, UCC 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.”

Pictured (back row l to r) are Dr Michael Murphy, President, UCC, Mr Theo Dorgan, Professor Gerald O'Sullivan and Mr Eddie Murphy, Chairman & Managing Director Henry Ford & Son Limited. (front row l to r)  The Hon. Mr Justice Bryan McMahon and Mr Liam O'Mahony

Mr Theo Dorgan - College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Theo Dorgan is a highly distinguished poet, editor, translator, prose writer and broadcaster. He graduated from UCC in 1975 with a BA in English and Philosophy and a Masters in English in 1984.  Theo has published a wide body of work including a number of pamphlets and three books of poetry: The Ordinary House of Love (1991), Rosa Mundi (1995) and Sappho's Daughter (1998). He is editor of Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh (1995) and co-editor of Revising the Rising (1991), The Great Book of Ireland (1991), Watching The River Flow (2000) and The Great Book of Gaelic (2002)., La Casa ai Margini del Mond (selected poems in Italian) was published in 1998.Sailing for Home, a prose account of a transatlantic voyage under sail was published in 2004 and his most recently compiled a Book of Uncommon Prayer.His work has been translated into nine different languages.Theo is an editor, documentary scriptwriter and broadcaster on radio and television in Irish and English. Theo was Director of Poetry Ireland from 1989 to 2000 and has served on numerous Boards including the Triskel Arts Centre and the Irish Writers Centre among many others. He is a member of Aosdána and was appointed to the Arts Council in 2003.

The Honourable Mr Justice Bryan McMahon - College of Business & Law

The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan McMahon is a Judge of the High Court and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law UCC. Mr. Justice McMahon received his BCL and LLB degrees from UCD and later undertook further postgraduate study at Harvard Law School, having been awarded the Harvard Fellowship. He was appointed Statutory Lecturer in the Faculty of Law UCC in 1967.He was awarded a PhD from UCC in 1972 and went on to become Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law.  In 1987 Mr. Justice McMahon joined the law firm of Houlihan and McMahon, Ennis, Co. Clare, as a Senior Partner. While continuing to practise law he simultaneously held a part-time Chair of Law at NUI Galway. In 1999 he was appointed a Judge of the Circuit Court and in 2007 he was appointed a Judge of the High Court. Mr. Justice McMahon has co-authored many legal texts including Law of Torts (2000), Casebook on Irish Law of Torts, (1983), and European Community Law in Ireland (1989). He has been appointed Chairman of many Boards including the Archieves Council in 2002, the Irish Universities Quality Board in 2003 and the Abbey Theatre in 2005.

Professor Gerald O'Sullivan - College of Medicine & Health

Professor Gerald O’Sullivan is President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Consultant Surgeon at the Mercy University Hospital Cork and Professor and Director in Chief of the Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC).   Gerry graduated from UCC in 1969 with a degree in Medicine and following surgical residencies in Ireland, Canada and the US, was appointed Consultant Surgeon at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork in 1985 and to a Chair in the Department of Surgery at UCC in 1999.   Gerry leads a multi-disciplinary group of 34 scientists at CCRC which investigates mechanisms that may be applied towards the prevention of cancer development and the control of cancer spread.He has pioneered several surgical innovations and techniques which have been applied to minimally invasive and gastrointestinal surgery.Gerry has authored and co-authored over 200 research papers and is co-holder of eight patents, several of which have been commercialised by the University Industrial Programme. Gerry has secured over €30 million worth of research funding from public and private partnerships for his research in the past decade.He has received many international Awards including twelve eponymous international lectures and the honourary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.

Mr Liam O'Mahony - College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

Liam O’Mahony is Chief Executive of CRH plc, the International Building Materials Group, headquartered in Ireland with operations in 30 countries on 3 continents. Liam graduated from UCC in 1967 with an honours degree in Civil Engineering.He subsequently completed a Masters of Business Administration at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law (Kings Inns, Dublin) in 1971 where he was awarded the John Brooke Scholarship as first-placed graduate. Liam worked in design and project management in Ireland and the UK before joining CRH in 1971 as a Development Manager.Having worked in the Middle East and Africa and managed a number of CRH’s Irish and US companies, Liam became Chief Operating Officer of Oldcastle, Inc. in 1989, the holding company for CRH’s North American operations. He was appointed Managing Director Republic of Ireland and UK Group companies in 1991 and joined the CRH Board of Directors in 1992.He returned to the US as Chief Executive of Oldcastle in 1994 and was appointed to his current position as Chief Executive of the CRH Group from January 2000.Liam is a member of the Irish Management Institute Council and the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board.

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