2018 Alumni Achievement Awards

Máirín Hughes - 2018 Awardee

30 Nov 2018
Máirín Hughes, BSc 1935, HDE 1939

At 104 years old, Máirín Hughes is UCC’s oldest known Science graduate. Máirín qualified with a BSc from UCC in the 1930’s, an era when Science and STEM subjects were not widely studied by women. 

Although her school (St. Aloysius Girls Secondary School) did not offer science subjects, Máirín had a keen interest in the natural world growing up and had a passion for science. The importance of positive role models for female students studying STEM is exemplified by Máirín’s own experience, as she was inspired to apply for a BSc in UCC by an older girl in her school who was embarking on a similar course of study. 

Mairín has fond memories of her time at UCC. She threw herself into college life; attending the Philosoph debates, joining An Chuallacht and participating in Prof. Alfred O’Rahilly’s Theology Group.

After graduation, she worked in the Pathology Lab in UCC’s Department of Medicine for 14 years. She enjoyed her job in the Pathology Lab, working under the late Prof. Billy O’Donovan. At that time, hospitals did not have on-site Pathologists so Máirín and her colleagues would run the blood tests for them. 

After meeting her late husband, Frank, Máirín moved to Dublin and the couple settled in Palmerstown. She took a job teaching Chemistry, Physics and Maths at Ballyfermot Vocational School and spent many happy years there passing on her love of science to her students. 

After a full and enjoyable life, pursuing a career in science and education, Máirín is now enjoying her retirement years. With a keen interest in music, literature and nature, Máirín is as lively and vivacious today as she was in her college days and is proud to call herself a UCC graduate.

Although her school (St. Aloysius Girls Secondary School) did not offer science subjects, Máirín had a keen interest in the natural world growing up and had a passion for science. The importance of positive role models for female students studying STEM is exemplified by Máirín’s own experience, as she was inspired to apply for a BSc in UCC by an older girl in her school who was embarking on a similar course of study. 

Mairín has fond memories of her time at UCC. She threw herself into college life; attending the Philosoph debates, joining An Chuallacht and participating in Prof. Alfred O’Rahilly’s Theology Group.

After graduation, she worked in the Pathology Lab in UCC’s Department of Medicine for 14 years. She enjoyed her job in the Pathology Lab, working under the late Prof. Billy O’Donovan. At that time, hospitals did not have on-site Pathologists so Máirín and her colleagues would run the blood tests for them. 

After meeting her late husband, Frank, Máirín moved to Dublin and the couple settled in Palmerstown. She took a job teaching Chemistry, Physics and Maths at Ballyfermot Vocational School and spent many happy years there passing on her love of science to her students. 

After a full and enjoyable life, pursuing a career in science and education, Máirín is now enjoying her retirement years. With a keen interest in music, literature and nature, Máirín is as lively and vivacious today as she was in her college days and is proud to call herself a UCC graduate.

 

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