Alumni Spotlight

  • Rory Feely - Military Test Pilot and Co-Founder of aviation company, HopFlyt

    14 Mar 2019
    Rory Feely - Military Test Pilot and Co-Founder of aviation company, HopFlyt

    UCC physics graduate, Rory Feely, is a U.S. Military Experimental Test Pilot and Marine Corps Aviator who has been flying high-performance aircraft for over 20 years. He has been deployed four times and flown over 300 hours in combat. He is also the co-founder of HopFlyt, an innovative aviation company which aims to rid the world of traffic jams and exhaust pollution by providing urban commuter aircraft transport. Rory looks back on his time at UCC and gives his advice to today’s students.

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  • Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland

    06 Mar 2019
    Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland

    “I was trying to create the world I wanted to live in both at UCC and when I left". To celebrate International Women’s Day, we bring you a special interview with Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, the ‘venture capital fund for social innovations’. It was as a student at UCC in the early 80s that Deirdre Mortell discovered her passion for social change and a determination to make a difference in the world. She speaks to us about her days as a student activist campaigning for women's issues on campus, and how she tried to create the world she wanted to live in, both at UCC and in her career.

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  • Niamh Rockett - Waterford Camogie Captain

    25 Feb 2019
    Niamh Rockett - Waterford Camogie Captain

    For Déise Camogie star, Niamh Rockett, years spent fighting a knee injury nearly ended her sporting career.  At one point her doctor warned that if she did not give up sport, she would end up in a wheelchair by the age of 30. Now age 25, Niamh has overcome adversity to captain Waterford in this year’s National League and she was the recipient of an All-Star nomination last season. A UCC Sports Studies and PE graduate, she balances a demanding inter-county training schedule with teaching duties at Blackwater Community School in her native Waterford. We chat to Niamh about her time at UCC.

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  • Gavin Hennessy - Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Irish Life

    18 Feb 2019
    Gavin Hennessy - Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Irish Life

    Gavin Hennessy’s career has seen him lead international development projects in Africa, India and Eastern Europe before returning to Ireland to work in the corporate sector. His role as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Irish Life involves creating a culture of belonging while promoting ground-breaking strategies and programmes which allow traditionally under-represented groups to access employment.

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  • Maeve Hurley - founder of Ag Eisteacht

    04 Feb 2019
    Maeve Hurley - founder of Ag Eisteacht

    Dr Maeve Hurley is a UCC graduate and former GP who is the founder of Ag Eisteacht, an Irish registered charity. The charity empowers frontline practitioners across the healthcare, education, social, youth, justice, disability and community sectors through training and advocacy.

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  • Dr Naomi Masheti, Coordinator, Cork Migrant Centre

    28 Jan 2019
    Dr Naomi Masheti, Coordinator, Cork Migrant Centre

    To mark the end of another very successful Refugee Week at UCC, we shine our alumni spotlight on Dr. Naomi Masheti of Cork Migrant Centre. Originally from Kenya, Dr. Masheti has been living in Cork since 2001 and qualified with a PhD from UCC in 2015.

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  • Nicola Holly, Galleries Manager, Queensland College of Art

    21 Jan 2019
    Nicola Holly, Galleries Manager, Queensland College of Art

    When Nicola Holly left Ireland for Australia to pursue a career in the arts, little did she know that she would become the youngest public gallery Director in Queensland at the tender age of 26. The Kerry woman now works as Galleries Manager at the QCA Galleries Griffith University in Brisbane.

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  • Dr Doireann O’Leary, GP and media health contributor

    14 Jan 2019
    Dr Doireann O’Leary, GP and media health contributor

    UCC Medical graduate, Dr. Doireann O’Leary, is a busy GP who also finds time to write on the topic of health for RSVP Magazine and The Style Edit. 

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  • Stevie G - DJ, Promoter and Producer

    07 Jan 2019
    Stevie G - DJ, Promoter and Producer

    DJ, promoter and producer, Stevie G is a Cork music legend who got his big break at the internationally-renowned club, Sir Henry’s back in the 90’s. 

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