Alumni Spotlight

Rob Moloney - Composer, Sound Engineer and Lighting Designer

Rob Moloney - Composer, Sound Engineer and Lighting Designer

  • 24 Jul 2017

Rob Moloney is a composer, sound engineer and lighting designer. He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award in 2014 for his design on Painted Bird's show ‘Between Trees and Water’. His work with THEATREclub led him to explore socio-political issues culminating in a move to Greece to volunteer in a refugee camp, Lesvos Solidarity - Pikpa. Rob describes how his time at UCC developed his interest in theatre, music, politics and social justice.

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Sarah Dineen - Founder of Amplify Digital Conference

Sarah Dineen - Founder of Amplify Digital Conference

  • 17 Jul 2017

Sarah Dineen is the founder of Amplify Digital Conference, Ireland’s Largest Digital Marketing Conference which takes place in Cork on 27 and 28 July. She is the owner of the digital marketing firm SocialQue and set-up her first business Uniwink, with the support of Ignite UCC. Sarah talks us to us about her time in UCC and rolling in the grass on the quad!

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Rebecca Murphy - Education & Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw

Rebecca Murphy - Education & Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw

  • 10 Jul 2017

Rebecca Murphy is the Education and Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Prior to this she worked as UCC’s Peer Assisted Student Support Co-ordinator.  She has a strong background in student politics serving as Welfare Officer in UCC Students' Union and Welfare Officer in Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Rebecca looks back on her student days and the skills she developed in college.

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Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

  • 03 Jul 2017

Jill Downey is the Managing Partner at the sponsorship agency, Livewire. She is a board member and director of Core Media and former Deputy MD of media agency, Starcom. Her experience in the media industry included acting as strategic advisor to brands such as AIB, An Post, Musgraves, INM and Emirates. Jill talks to us about how a BSc in Cellular Physiology led to a career in advertising!

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Ross Frenett, is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE

Ross Frenett, is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE

  • 26 Jun 2017

Ross Frenett is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE, a company which aims to use the power of technology to counter violent extremism. Prior to this Ross managed the Against Violent Extremism Network. Ross talks to us about his college days and how the skills he developed in the UCC Philosophical Society help him in his working life.

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Breffney O’Dowling-Keane -  Food Scientist, Chef and Blogger

Breffney O’Dowling-Keane - Food Scientist, Chef and Blogger

  • 19 Jun 2017

Breffney O’Dowling-Keane is a food scientist, chef and blogger. She is the creator of FruitCubed - an innovative product which blends fruit and vegetables into handy ready-to-eat cubes. Breffney talks to us about her time at UCC and how studying Food Science shaped her career path.

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Ann  Cleare - Composer

Ann Cleare - Composer

  • 12 Jun 2017

Ann Cleare is a composer working in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments and hybrid instrumental design. She also lectures in composition at the University of York. Her work has been presented by broadcasters such as the BBC and RTE and she recently featured in the New York Times in advance of her inclusion in the Composer Portraits series at Columbia University.

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John Doherty - Ultimate Frisbee Professional

John Doherty - Ultimate Frisbee Professional

  • 29 May 2017

UCC alum, John Doherty recently became the first Irish person to sign for a professional Ultimate Frisbee team when he joined the Seattle Cascades. As John embarks on an exciting season on the U.S. circuit he looks back at his time at UCC and how joining the Ultimate Club changed his life.

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Rose Servitova - Award-Winning Writer

Rose Servitova - Award-Winning Writer

  • 22 May 2017

Rose Servitova is an award-winning writer (as well as working as a job coach for people with disabilities). She is curating Jane Austen 200 - Limerick - a celebration of all things Georgian through theatre, screen, regency fashion, literature, architecture and music which is running from July to December 2017 Her book, The Longbourn Letters – The Correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet was published in April and can be purchased in paperback or Kindle at http://amzn.to/2l32hfv and from a number of bookshops.

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Tanya Ward - Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance

Tanya Ward - Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance

  • 29 May 2017

Tanya Ward is the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance. She played a major role in the Children’s Referendum of 2012 and was also a former Vice President for the International Federation of Human Rights. She has a keen interest in international human rights monitoring and lectures widely on the topic. Tanya speaks to us about her time at UCC and how the Geography Department, UCC played an important role in shaping her career.

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David O’Connor - Conservation Ecologist at San Diego Zoo

David O’Connor - Conservation Ecologist at San Diego Zoo

  • 08 May 2017

David O’Connor is a community-based conservation ecologist based at San Diego Zoo. He travels the globe working on projects such as giraffe conservation and combating the illegal trade in animal parts. David talks to us about his time at UCC and how finding a book in the Boole library led him to a career in wildlife conservation.

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Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

  • 02 May 2017

Julie Kelleher is Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, with responsibility for artistic strategy and programming. She has directed works for the Everyman stage including plays by Brian Friel and David Greig. She has also worked as a freelance producer, performer and vocalist and was a member of the BrokenCrow Creative Ensemble. Julie talks to us about her memories of UCC and how she treaded the boards at the Granary Theatre.

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Eoin French - Musician

Eoin French - Musician

  • 24 Apr 2017

Musician Eoin French creates his own haunting brand of electronica under the name Talos. His second single was featured in the ABC TV show ‘Guilt’ and he recently released his debut album ‘Wild Alee’ while embarking on a series of gigs around Ireland. An architecture graduate, Eoin now teaches in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE). He talks to us about his time at UCC and how a background in architecture helps shapes his unique sound.

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Paul Moore - Co-founder, Rebel Chilli

Paul Moore - Co-founder, Rebel Chilli

  • 24 Apr 2017

Paul Moore set up the Rebel Chilli sauce brand while studying BIS at UCC. The spicy condiments are now stocked in over 300 stores across Ireland and the award winning company recently expanded its market into the UK and Dubai. Paul and his team have ambitious plans for development and recently added hot new additions to the range including Chillionaire, a five-chilli-rated sauce. Paul talks to us about how he balanced student life with managing a budding start-up.

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Colin Wong - Kayaker

Colin Wong - Kayaker

  • 11 Apr 2017

Colin Wong recently completed a 2,000 kilometre, 70-day kayaking trip across the Persian Gulf. Colin’s passion for kayaking has led him to paddle his way round the world including down the Zambezi River in Africa. Along with kayaking competitively, Colin has worked extensively in outdoor education and hopes to encourage more people in Cork to try the sport.

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Emerald de Leeuw - CEO, EuroComply

Emerald de Leeuw - CEO, EuroComply

  • 03 Apr 2017

Emerald de Leeuw is the CEO of EuroComply, a software company that helps companies manage their Data Protection compliance. She was recently named European Innovator of the Year 2017 by the European Commission, Parliament and EYIF in Brussels. Emerald is also a lecturer in Technology and Data Protection Law with the Law Society of Ireland.

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Orla Egan - Author and Creator of the Cork LGBT Archive

Orla Egan - Author and Creator of the Cork LGBT Archive

  • 28 Mar 2017

Orla Egan has been actively involved in the Cork LGBT community since the 1980's. She created the Cork LGBT Archive which aims to preserve and share the history of Cork’s LGBT community and recently won an award from The Heritage Council for her work. Orla is author of the book ‘Queer Republic of Cork’, available now in the Quay Co-op, Waterstones and Liam Russell’s Bookshop and online .

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Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

  • 20 Mar 2017

Marc O’Reilly is a Medicine graduate turned singer-songwriter who is garnering critical acclaim in the music press. Marc’s sound blends folk, blues and roots alongside well-crafted lyrics making him one of the most exciting artists on the scene today. 

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Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

  • 13 Mar 2017

Rosaleen Crowley is a poet and artist, based in Indiana, USA. Rosaleen reminisces about her time at UCC and how it ignited her love of poetry.

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Sujitra Youngme - Professor of Organic Chemistry

Sujitra Youngme - Professor of Organic Chemistry

  • 06 Mar 2017

An inspirational woman who was one of the first Thai students to study at UCC. Meet Sujitra Youngme, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

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Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

  • 27 Feb 2017

Sinead Kane is a keynote speaker, visually impaired athlete, record holder, brand ambassador to Allianz Ireland, qualified solicitor, writer with the Irish Criminal Law Journal and PhD researcher. Sinead recently became the first blind person to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days and she has just completed a 24 hour endurance race in Finland.

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Dominic MacHale - Actor

Dominic MacHale - Actor

  • 20 Feb 2017

Dominic MacHale began his acting career with the UCC Dramat while studying at UCC. He has worked extensively in theatre and on screen and recently wowed audiences with his turn as a crazed Garda in 'The Young Offenders' and his powerful portrayal of Michael Collins in 'A Great Arrangement'.

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Ciara Crosson - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

Ciara Crosson - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

  • 13 Feb 2017

Ciara Crossan, is the founder of Weddingdates.ie, a website which enables couples to book their wedding venue online. The company works with top venues throughout Ireland and the UK and to drive wedding revenue. Ciara is a regular speaker at conferences and events and was shortlisted as ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur‘ in the UK Women 1st SHINE Awards in 2013.

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Nadine O'Regan - Arts Editor at the Sunday Business Post

Nadine O'Regan - Arts Editor at the Sunday Business Post

  • 06 Feb 2017

Nadine O'Regan is Arts Editor with The Sunday Business Post. She presents Songs in the Key of Life on Today FM every Sunday from 9.00pm.

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