The 2014 UCC Alumni Achievement Awards Gala Evening took place on Friday, 28 November in UCC's historic Aula Maxima.
Watch the video interviews and read more about this year's distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
Mr John Crowley BA '90, MA '92
John is an acclaimed film and theatre director. As a student, John honed his skills in the UCC DRAMAT, acting and directing his own plays. John Crowley's film and TV work includes Brooklyn (2015); Closed Circuit (2013), Is Anybody There (2009); the four times BAFTA winning Boy A (2007) and Intermission (2003) starring Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. Intermission won five IFTA awards including Best Director and the Douglas Hickox Award at the British Independent Film Awards. John has staged numerous productions for the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and is currently adapting Checkhov's play for Sydney Theatre Company starring Kate Blanchette. He was nominated for a Tony Award for directing Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman in London and Broadway in 2003 and 2005.
Justice Marie Baker BA '74, MA '79, BCL '82
Marie was appointed Judge of the High Court in 2014. Prior to this she was an accomplished barrister and her main areas of interest are chancery and land law, commercial, probate and matrimonial law. She is a member of the Law Reform Commission since 2012. She was a member of the Government Committee asked to advise on Pre-nuptial Agreements that reported in 2007.
Professor John Barrett MB '69, MCh '75
John is former Chairman of the Department of Trauma at Cook County Hospital, Chicago - the premier Trauma Department in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1981. He specialised in the surgical management of gun-shot wounds and has lectured and taught widely on trauma around the US and overseas and has edited over 100 papers in scientific journals, numerous book chapters and two medical books. A keen walker since retirement in 2003, John has hiked the Appalachian Trail covering 2,100 miles and has also completed many pilgrim trails.
Professor John Naughton BE '68
John is Vice President of Wolfson College Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH). He is Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University. He joined the Open University in 1972 and pioneered the use of computers and the internet in teaching and learning throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has published extensively on technology and its role in society and is an historian of the internet. His book 'ABrief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet has become a staple of University reading lists across the globe. He is currently leading a five year research project at Cambridge on Conspiracy and Democracy.
Brendan Tuohy BE '77
Brendan is former Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. He is non-executive director on a number of boards of companies. He is also Chairman of the UN-established body, the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative, the National Maritime College of Ireland Advisory Board, the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing and the Spike Island Committee in Cork. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Finance, Government & Information Systems and is a member of a number of external advisory boards for Business Information Systems, the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and in the college of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences. He also assisted in the establishement of the International Energy Research Centre at UCC/Tyndall and the Capacity Building Centre for the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Monitoring System for Water, based at UCC. He is currently Chairman of Science Foundation Ireland's Marine Renewable Energy Ireland, based at UCC, and when fully operational, this will be the world's largest marine renewable research group.