Alumni Spotlight

  • Tadhg Coakley - Author

    13 Aug
    Tadhg Coakley - Author

    Tadhg Coakley is a Mallow-born writer and the author of 'The First Sunday in September', his debut novel which is launched this week. The book tells the story of a fictional All-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday when Clare play Cork. Award-winning author, Donal Ryan said about it: ‘the stories are vibrant and authentic, brimming with the intensity and the desire and the triumphs and failures that make sporting occasions such a sublime allegory for our human condition’. Tadhg is currently completing a contemporary literary crime novel set in Cork and has just begun a book of essays on sport. We talk to him about his time at UCC.

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  • Peadar Brehony - Wildlife Conservation

    07 Aug
    Peadar Brehony - Wildlife Conservation

    A childhood spent in East Africa has led Zoology graduate, Peadar Brehony, to a career in wildlife conservation. After college, Peadar returned to Africa, working with dolphins off the coast of Gabon and on lion and elephant conservation projects in Tanzania. He is currently back in Europe, studying for a PhD in Cambridge on the socio-ecological systems in the Borderlands area of Kenya and Tanzania. Peadar talks to us about his memories of UCC, the mentors who influenced him and the opportunities he found along the way.

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  • Susie Horgan - Springboard PR and Marketing

    30 Jul
    Susie Horgan - Springboard PR and Marketing

    Arts graduate, Susie Horgan, founded Springboard PR & Marketing in 2011, and has developed the business into a leading director-led communications agency. She has worked for over 15 years in senior marketing and public relations roles in Ronan Daly Jermyn, Bank of Ireland, Murray Consultants and Weber Shandwick. She was named Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year 2017 and was a champion showjumper in her youth! Susie looks back on her college days and her time as President of the Equestrian Society.

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  • Mary Walsh Lawlor, CEO Carlow County Development Partnership

    23 Jul
     Mary Walsh Lawlor, CEO Carlow County Development Partnership

    MBS graduate, Mary Walsh Lawlor is Chief Executive Officer with Carlow County Development Partnership CLG. The Kilkenny native established the company in 2001 and has successfully led the business through two merger processes over the past 17 years. The company now employs 179 employees on a full time and part-time basis. Mary is currently lending her business expertise to developing a career mentoring and networking programme for teenage girls in the South East. She talks to us about her time as a postgraduate student at UCC.

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  • Vincent McCarthy – Co-Founder, The Festival of Curiosity

    16 Jul
    Vincent McCarthy – Co-Founder, The Festival of Curiosity

    Vincent McCarthy is co-founder of The Festival of Curiosity, Ireland’s annual celebration of art, science, technology and design, which takes place in Dublin from 19th-22nd July. The event, which is quickly becoming one of the most innovative festivals in Europe, boasts a packed programme of arts and science activities suitable for all the family. A suite of workshops on topics such as space exploration, the Arctic and Everest will feature insights from National Geographic explorers and BBC presenters, while evening events include a ‘Supper Club for the Curious’! Vincent takes a break from his hectic schedule to reminisce with us about his time at UCC.

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  • Dr Joey Byrne - Medicine Graduate

    09 Jul
    Dr Joey Byrne - Medicine Graduate

    Medicine graduate, Dr. Joey Byrne, works in Sydney, Australia as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Westmead Hospital, one of Sydney’s major tertiary referral centres. The hospital has a particular expertise in handling major trauma cases which is a specialism of Dr Byrne. He has worked in both Ireland and Australia in anaesthesia training and holds Fellowship Diplomas from the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland and the Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He talks to us about his college days and how moving to Cork was the best decision of his life!

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  • Roseanna Purcell - Actress

    02 Jul
    Roseanna Purcell - Actress

    UCC graduate, Roseanna Purcell is currently starring as the female lead in ‘Copper Face Jack’s: The Musical’ written by Paul Howard of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly fame. The play, which is running at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre until 12th August, promises to be the hit of the summer and has been described as ‘Moulin Rouge with slow sets’! Roseanna talks to us about her time at UCC

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  • Ursula Morrish - Visit Cork, Destination Manager

    18 Jun
    Ursula Morrish - Visit Cork, Destination Manager

    Ursula Morrish is the Destination Manager with Visit Cork, the strategic tourism body which has recently launched the ‘Pure Cork’ brand. Ursula’s career has taken her from working with some of the world’s leading creative agencies to collaborating with local governments and organisations. She brings this global perspective to her role with Visit Cork, where she is teaming up with local businesses and tourism organisations to promote the region to domestic and international visitors. Ursula shares her advice with us and talks about how her time at UCC taught her to be a powerful communicator!

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  • Senita Appiakorang, Lead vocalist, ‘Shookrah"

    11 Jun
    Senita Appiakorang, Lead vocalist, ‘Shookrah

    Senita Appiakorang, Lead vocalist of the neo-soul band ‘Shookrah'

    Shookrah. The group have just released their first single, ‘Don’t Wanna Doubt You’, from their upcoming debut album. With a sound that blends R&B, funk and electronica, the Cork band have been hailed as Ireland’s answer to The Internet. Senita has come a long way from her home county of Kerry to performing at music festivals and supporting Billy Ocean on his Irish tour. She looks back on her time at UCC and how it influenced her music career.

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  • Donal Cahalane - Chair of Construction Industry Federation, Cork Branch

    05 Jun
    Donal Cahalane - Chair of Construction Industry Federation, Cork Branch

    Donal Cahalane is a qualified Chartered Civil and Environmental Engineer. His career has taken him from the family business, Cahalane Brothers Ltd., to high profile construction projects in London, Finland, Montreal and Hong Kong. In 2015 he returned home to take an active role in running the family company alongside his father, Conor, and he has recently been elected Chair of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) for the Cork Region. Donal looks back on his time at UCC and gives his advice to current students.

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  • Marlene Enright - Musician

    28 May
    Marlene Enright - Musician

    Bantry singer-songwriter, Marlene Enright is quickly making her mark on the Irish music scene. Fresh from her nomination for a Choice Music Award for her debut solo album, ‘Placemats and Second Cuts’, she takes the stage in the Cork Opera House on 2 June with The Frank and Walters as part of the ‘Right Here, Right Now’ festival. With a sound that blends classic song-writing with indie and Americana, it’s easy to see why the UCC alum is packing out venues nationwide. She talks to us about her college days and the musical friends she met along the way.

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  • Alison Kelly Roe

    21 May
    Alison Kelly Roe

    UCC Law graduate, Alison Kelly Roe, qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and worked in general practice before deciding to change career course. Her other lifelong love of creative design led her to the world of millinery and her business Alison Roe Millinery was born. Based in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Alison designs and creates hats and headpieces for special occasions using traditional millinery techniques as well as running a successful hat-hire business in-store and online at alisonroe.ie. She talks to us about her college days.

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  • David Twohig – Chief Vehicle Engineer, Byton Cars

    14 May
    David Twohig – Chief Vehicle Engineer, Byton Cars

    David Twohig is Vice President and Chief Vehicle Engineer at Byton, the Chinese-US automobile manufacturer specialising in electric cars. His career in the motor industry has seen him lead the development of the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Zoe and the Alpine A110, Renault’s high-performance car marque. With a father who worked for Ford in Cork, a degree in Electronic Engineering was a natural progression for David as a car-mad youngster. Now he is pursuing his dream career, designing cutting-edge concept cars for Byton in Silicon Valley. David talks to us about his college days and meeting his wife on the steps of the Kane Building!

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  • Mairead deBláca – deBláca Jewellery

    08 May
    Mairead deBláca – deBláca Jewellery

    UCC graduate, Mairead deBláca, is the founder of Mairead Deblaca Jewellery. After college, the Mallow native worked and travelled extensively throughout the USA, Africa and Asia. Inspired by her travels and a love of art, she turned her hand to jewellery-making, establishing multi-award winning deBláca Jewellery. Mairead’s work is now sold in the Kilkenny Shop, Carrig Donn and on her website. She talks to us about her college days and how UCC shaped her as a person.

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  • Eoin Leonard - Owner I3PT

    30 Apr
    Eoin Leonard - Owner I3PT

    Eoin Leonard is fresh from celebrating his nomination for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. His company, I3PT, which stands for ‘Independent Third-Party Tested’, focuses on improving building standards and its growing client base includes many of the world’s top tech and pharma FDI firms. Eoin talks to us about how the Executive MBA helped him on his entrepreneurial journey.

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  • Eleanor Hayes – MTV Events Manager

    23 Apr
    Eleanor Hayes – MTV Events Manager

    Eleanor Hayes’ career in the world of television has seen her go from interning in children’s favourite, Nickelodeon to climbing the ranks as Events Manager with iconic entertainment channel, MTV. The Finance grad now calls London her home having worked with the Viacom-owned network for the past number of years. Her job takes her around Europe; from the UK to Spain, Malta, Kazakhstan and sometimes even Cork. Having gone from an MTV obsessed teenager to bagging a career in the exciting world of television, Elly Hayes is now living her dream!

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  • Aisling Fitzgerald - Stage Manager

    16 Apr
    Aisling Fitzgerald - Stage Manager

    UCC Music graduate, Aisling Fitzgerald, is quickly making her mark on the world of opera and musical theatre. Since leaving college, Aisling has worked as a Stage Manager for award-winning producers in Ireland and the UK including The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet in Convent Garden and Wexford Festival Opera. She is currently leading the production process of Cork Opera House’s summer musical, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and will continue her longstanding relationship with Wexford Festival Opera in the autumn. Aisling talks to us about her time at UCC.

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  • Tom Meade- Digital Director (CIO) at the Registers of Scotland

    09 Apr
    Tom Meade- Digital Director (CIO) at the Registers of Scotland

    Since graduating with a Degree in BIS from UCC in 1999, Tom Meade has gone on to a forge a successful tech career in Scotland. His role as Digital Director (CIO) at the Registers of Scotland has led to accolades including CIO of the Year at the UK IT Awards and the Digital Leader Award, Scotland’s most significant public sector honour. Tom has also recently been named one of the Top 100 CIOs in the UK by Computing Magazine. He talks to us about his time at UCC and how he asked out his future wife in the Old Bar!

     

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  • Fiona Edwards Murphy, Apis Protect

    03 Apr
    Fiona Edwards Murphy, Apis Protect

    Fiona Edwards Murphy is the creator of Apis Protect, a product which helps bee-keepers to reduce losses and increase the productivity of their hives through the use of in-hive sensors and technology. The company was named Business of the Year 2017 at the IGNITE UCC awards, and nominated in the emerging category for Cork Company of the Year Awards. Fiona talks to us about how UCC gave her the knowledge and skills to start an innovative business.

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  • Tomás and Julie O’Leary - TOLD & Co / Redzone Recruitment

    26 Mar
    Tomás and Julie O’Leary - TOLD & Co / Redzone Recruitment

    As RTE’s 'Dancing with the Stars' comes to an end we chat to one of its earlier contestants, former rugby international Tomás O’Leary and his wife, Julie. Love blossomed for the couple while they were both students at UCC and the stylish pair are now partners in the premium watch brand, TOLD & Co, which offers luxury watches at attainable prices (www.toldandco.com). They also manage to find time for another business interest, Redzone Recruitment, a UK based Recruitment Company specialising in the energies sector. We talk to Tomás and Julie about their memories of UCC!

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  • Conor Lyden - Trustap

    20 Mar
    Conor Lyden - Trustap

    An app designed to take the fear out of buying online from strangers has garnered much success for its creator, Conor Lyden. His company Trustap, has been selected for the prestigious Touchdown Austin accelerator programme in Texas and Conor will also compete in the finals of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Awards. He talks to us about his college days and how IGNITE UCC helped make his start-up dreams a reality!

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  • Claire Ivers - Human Rights Consultant

    12 Mar
    Claire Ivers - Human Rights Consultant

    Claire Ivers worked for Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Brussels for over a decade where she was responsible for the organisation’s advocacy work with the EU and its institutions. During this time, she also co-chaired the influential Human Rights and Democracy Network, a coalition of over 50 human rights and democracy organisations. Claire left HRW late last year and set up a human rights consultancy practice that provides advisory and capacity building services to national and international human rights organisations. Amongst other projects, she is currently leading a project at the EU level for Anti-Slavery International focusing on forced and child labour in global value chains. She talks to us about her time at UCC.

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  • Mairín Hughes - UCC's oldest known graduate

    05 Mar
    Mairín Hughes - UCC's oldest known graduate

    To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, we meet our oldest known female graduate, 103-year-old Mairín Hughes. Mairín qualified with a BSc and HDE from UCC in the 1930’s. After graduating, she worked in the Pathology Lab in the Dept. of Medicine for 14 years before marrying her late husband and relocating to Dublin. With a keen interest in music, literature and nature Mairín is as lively today as she was in her college days! She talks to us about her time at UCC.

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  • Tom Raftery, Global Evangelist for the Internet of Things - SAP

    26 Feb
    Tom Raftery, Global Evangelist for the Internet of Things - SAP

    Tom Raftery is a Futurist, advisor/strategist, industry analyst and avid social media practitioner, based in Seville, Spain. He has worked for a number of companies at Group IT Manager/CTO level and recently joined SAP as Vice President and Global Evangelist for the Internet of Things, after working as an industry analyst with RedMonk. Tom’s love affair with computers started in 1991 when he set up a software company while studying at UCC. He talks to us about his college days.

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  • Henrietta McKervey - Fiction Writer

    19 Feb
    Henrietta McKervey - Fiction Writer

    Henrietta McKervey is an award-winning fiction writer. Her first two novels, ‘What Becomes of Us’ and ‘The Heart of Everything’ were published to much critical acclaim with fans including Frank McGuinness and Eilís Ni Dhuibhne. She won the Maeve Binchy Travel Award in 2014, the Hennessy First Fiction Award in 2015 and the Irish Writers’ Centre Jack Harte Bursary in 2016. Her third book is due for publication in June. Henrietta’s father, the late Prof. Tony McKervey, was Professor of Organic Chemistry at UCC from 1976 to 1990. Read our interview with Henrietta below:

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  • Maeve Buckley - Director & Co-Owner, Line Up Sports

    12 Feb
    Maeve Buckley - Director & Co-Owner, Line Up Sports

    Maeve Buckley is Director and Co-Owner of the sports marketing consultancy, Line Up Sports. She is known as one of the most influential women in Irish sport having served as a Director of the National Sports Campus Development Authority and as a Board Member of the Federation of Irish Sport. Over the course of her career Maeve has worked with clients such as Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, the Ryder Cup and others. Prior to establishing Line Up in 2010 she was CEO of the sports and events agency, Platinum One. She is currently in the process of setting up a new agency, Leadingsport. Maeve talks to us about her time at UCC and how it paved the way for a career in international sport:

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  • Anne Sommerfield - Natural History Producer/Director

    05 Feb
    Anne Sommerfield - Natural History Producer/Director

    Anne Sommerfield is an award-winning Producer/Director specialising in natural history films, documentaries and factual programming. Her career began on the Emmy nominated ‘Meerkat Manor’ and in 2008 she was nominated for an award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival for her direction of the conservation film, ‘There's a Rhino in my House’. Recent projects include the BAFTA nominated, 'Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough' and the BBC series ‘Animals in Love’, which she directed and produced. She has just completed ‘Animals with Cameras’ – BBC’s first major natural history series to be written and directed entirely by women, which is currently airing on BBC One. Read our interview with Anne below:

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  • Ed Donovan, Advanced Medical Services

    29 Jan
    Ed Donovan, Advanced Medical Services

    Arts graduate, Ed Donovan, has forged a successful career in the healthcare sector - from working in a leading outpatient radiology group in the U.S. to managing a private hospital in Dublin. In 2010, he channelled this experience into founding his own company, Advanced Medical Services (AMS), which offers a screening service that is affordable and easily accessible to the public. Since its inception, AMS has seen 170,000 people avail of its screening services. Read our interview with Ed below.

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  • Tracey Kennedy - Chair, Cork County GAA Board

    22 Jan
    Tracey Kennedy - Chair, Cork County GAA Board

    Tracey Kennedy was recently appointed as the first female County Board Chair in Cork GAA history. The proud Killeagh woman’s involvement with the GAA started with her local club and led to her taking on the roles of PRO and Vice-Chair of Cork GAA. A teacher by trade, she currently works as Deputy Principal in Carrigaline Community School. Tracey talks to us about her road from UCC to the County Board and how her love of English led to a career in teaching.

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  • Michele Donovan - COO, Tapstak

    15 Jan
    Michele Donovan - COO, Tapstak

    Michelle Donovan is the COO of Tapstak, a company she founded with her father, Tony. Tapstak aims to simplify interaction using smartphones. The company have developed the world’s first portable push-button interface that can be used for everything from taking part in competitions to ordering services and making payments. Michelle looks back on her college days and tells us how UCC helped her in launching a Tech start-up.

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  • Sam Bowman - Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute

    08 Jan
    Sam Bowman - Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute

    Sam Bowman is former Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute in London, a leading think tank which works to promote free market, neoliberal ideas through research, publishing and education. Sam joined the ASI in 2010 after completing a degree in History and Economics at UCC and was appointed to the role of Executive Director in 2015. He chats to us about his college days and passes on some useful advice to today’s students.

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  • Kevin McMullan - European Space Agency

    11 Dec
    Kevin McMullan - European Space Agency

    Kevin McMullan works for the European Space Agency (ESA) where he led the team responsible for preparing the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite for its launch into orbit. Kevin joined the ESA in 1983 as Calibration Engineer for the Radar Altimeter (RA) Instrument on-board the European Remote Sensing Satellite (ERS-1). He subsequently went on to work on a number of significant satellite programmes with the ESA. Kevin talks to us about how his degree in Electrical Engineering led to a career in the area of space exploration!

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  • Dr Alison O’Mahony - Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX,

    04 Dec
    Dr Alison O’Mahony - Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX,

    Dr Alison O’Mahony is Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX, San Francisco. As Head of R&D, Alison leads efforts on the development, validation and utilization of BioMAP systems in the areas of autoimmunity, inflammation, fibrosis, immune oncology and tissue remodelling. She has published multiple peer-reviewed papers and invited book chapters and has received a number of international and national awards for her work. Alison talks to us about her time at UCC and her memories of the Hockey Club!

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  • Dave McDonald - CEO, Nova Broadband

    27 Nov
    Dave McDonald - CEO, Nova Broadband

    Dave McDonald is the founder and CEO of Nova Broadband, the Cork-based internet provider serving Munster and beyond. The company is rapidly expanding and has grown from a small start-up to a major player in Ireland’s telecommunications industry. Dave talks to us about his time studying Computer Science and how UCC helped him develop as a person.

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  • Dr Lynda Coughlan - Postdoctoral Fellow, New York

    20 Nov
     Dr Lynda Coughlan - Postdoctoral Fellow, New York

    Dr Lynda Coughlan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Her research focuses on developing improved vaccines for influenza. Dr. Coughlan has recently been named as the 2017 recipient of the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Nell Mondy and Monique Braude Fellowship. She is one of just six women chosen by GWIS in the USA/Internationally this year for the prestigious honour. Lynda reminisces about her college days and her time in the Microbiology Department.

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  • Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews

    13 Nov
    Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews

    Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and other events internationally, from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. His new book ‘The Ascent’ looks at the rise of Irish cycling’s Golden Generation which included the likes of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Barry talks to us about his college days and gives his advice to students looking to break into journalism.

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  • Michelle Fox- Actress

    06 Nov
    Michelle Fox- Actress

    Drama and Theatre Studies alum, Michelle Fox, is getting rave reviews for her role in BBC Three’s dark new drama, Overshadowed, the story of a teenage girl who shares her life through a series of online vlogs. The Limerick actress has just been cast as a series regular in the popular BBC Casualty as well as filming a new show alongside Hugh Grant. Michelle looks back at her time at UCC and how she went from treading the boards in the Granary Theatre to starring on the small screen.

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  • Elizabeth Reapy - Author

    23 Oct
    Elizabeth Reapy - Author

    Mayo author, Elizabeth Reapy’s first novel ‘Red Dirt’ was the winner of this year’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The novel tells the story of three young Irish people who emigrate to Australia, each hoping for redemption in the arid Australian landscape. Elizabeth talks to us about her time at UCC training to become a teacher and how it helped her pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

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  • Paul O'Dwyer - Dental Surgeon

    17 Oct
    Paul O'Dwyer - Dental Surgeon

    Paul O’Dwyer is a Dental Surgeon, and Group Clinical Advisor for Dental Care Ireland, a new Irish-owned network of established dental practices nationwide. He is also a part-time guest lecturer at the Institute of Leadership in the Royal College of Surgeons, and is a regular media commentator on oral health issues. Paul looks back fondly on his college days and gives some advice to today’s students!

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  • Shaun O’Connor - Filmmaker

    09 Oct
    Shaun O’Connor - Filmmaker

    Award-winning filmmaker, Shaun O’Connor, has just launched his first photography exhibition, ‘Personal Space: Travels in India’ which chronicles five months’ solo travel in India, all shot on a mobile phone. Shaun’s short films have won awards at the Corona Cork Film Festival and DC Shorts among others. His work has been screened on RTE and he has directed and edited music videos for the likes of Julie Feeney and Declan Sinnott. ‘Personal Space: Travels In India’ is currently showing in St. Peters, North Main Street and continues until 30th October.

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  • Dr Patrick Cotter - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    25 Sep
    Dr Patrick Cotter - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    Patrick Cotter is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the Emergency Department, Cork University Hospital and lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing at UCC. He has worked and taught in Emergency Nursing since the late 1990’s and was central to the development of the first Advanced Nursing Practice post in the Cork/Kerry region. Patrick talks to us about how his student days at UCC shaped his career.

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  • Niall Connolly -Singer-Songwriter

    18 Sep
    Niall Connolly -Singer-Songwriter

    Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly returns to Ireland to embark on a 17-date tour where he will perform songs from his new album 'Dream Your Way Out of This One'. Niall is accompanied by musicians who have performed with the likes of Leonard Cohen, REM and Glen Hansard. The band will play Coughlan’s, Cork on 29 September. Niall talks to us about his time at UCC and how the Live Music Society introduced him to the music business.

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  • Victoria Shorten - Owner, One Lifestyle Management

    11 Sep
    Victoria Shorten - Owner, One Lifestyle Management

    Victoria Shorten lives in Miami, Florida and is the owner of One Lifestyle Management a luxury lifestyle company specializing in looking after pro athletes worldwide. She is the owner of VSL Jewelry, a jewellery company that has designed for stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and many more. Victoria is married to Jason Randolph and has a 1 year old son, Jack Buckley Randolph.

     

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  • Aidan Murphy - Co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery

    04 Sep
    Aidan Murphy - Co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery

    Aidan Murphy is co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery, one of Ireland’s leading craft breweries. The company has expanded into a new state of the art brewery last year and is now developing its next growth phase through targeted export markets. Aidan talks to us about his college days and how his time at UCC helped him to start a successful business.

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  • Geraldine O'Brien - Nursing

    29 Aug
    Geraldine O'Brien - Nursing

    Geraldine O'Brien was born in Waterford and returned to college as a mature student at the age of 30 to complete the BSc Honours Degree in General Nursing in 2016. Since then she has travelled to Uganda three times as a volunteer nurse and currently works in the renowned Kings College Hospital in London as a staff nurse on a surgical ward that specializes in colorectal, urology and bariatric surgery. 

     

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  • Aoife Miskelly - Soprano

    31 Jul
    Aoife Miskelly - Soprano

    Aoife Miskelly is a Northern Irish soprano who completed a BMus at UCC before training at the Royal Academy Opera as a Sickle Foundation Scholar. Her career as a full time opera singer has seen her perform in The Royal Opera House Muscat (as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady), the Cologne Opera House, Aix-en-Provence Festival and in the UK and Ireland. Aoife looks back on her time at UCC and how she went from singing in the Honan Chapel to performing on the world’s greatest stages.

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  • Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

    03 Jul
    Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

    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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  • Ann Cleare - Composer

    12 Jun
    Ann  Cleare - Composer

    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

    29 May
    John Doherty - Ultimate Frisbee Professional

    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

    22 May
    Rose Servitova - Award-Winning Writer

    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

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

    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

    08 May
    David O’Connor - Conservation Ecologist at San Diego Zoo

    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

    02 May
    Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

    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

    24 Apr
    Eoin French - Musician

    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

    18 Apr
    Paul Moore - Co-founder, Rebel Chilli

    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

    11 Apr
    Colin Wong - Kayaker

    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

    03 Apr
    Emerald de Leeuw - CEO, EuroComply

    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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  • Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

    20 Mar
    Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

    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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  • Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

    27 Feb
    Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

    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

    20 Feb
    Dominic MacHale - Actor

    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 Crossan - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

    13 Feb
    Ciara Crossan - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

    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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  • Prof J Calvin Coffey - Chair of Surgery, UL

    30 Jan
    Prof J Calvin Coffey - Chair of Surgery, UL

    Prof. Calvin Coffey made global headlines when he and his team identified the mesentery as a new human organ. His findings were published in the Lancet and medical students are now being taught that the mesentery is a distinct organ. Gray’s Anatomy has even been updated to include the new description of the mesentery. Prof. Coffey tells us how his time studying Anatomy at UCC led him to this exciting discovery.

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  • Laurence O' Rourke - Eurpoean Space Agency (ESA)

    23 Jan
    Laurence O' Rourke - Eurpoean Space Agency (ESA)

    UCC alum, Laurence O’Rourke, is making his mark on European space exploration working as a Science Operations Co-ordinator with the Rosetta Mission. He even has an asteroid named in his honour. Laurence tells us how his time at UCC led to an exciting career with the ESA.

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  • Dr Seán McCarthy - Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd

    14 Nov
    Dr Seán McCarthy - Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd

    Dr. Seán McCarthy, Managing Director of Hyperion Ltd trains research organisations how to develop their European Research and Innovation Strategies. He delivers training courses in 58 of the top 100 European Universities. Since 1995 over 65,000 people have attended his courses in 29 countries.

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  • Susan O'Keeffe - Investigative Journalist

    07 Nov
    Susan O'Keeffe - Investigative Journalist

    Susan O'Keeffe is an investigative journalist and a former member of Seanad Eireann (2011-2016). She worked for many years with BBC Current Affairs and Granada TV's ‘World in Action’ series. Her ground-breaking documentary ‘Money for Nothing’ resulted in the Beef Tribunal that shocked Ireland in the 1990’s. Susan also made the programme ‘Sins of the Fathers’, the first to reveal abuse of children by Catholic priests.

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  • Rev Prof John Ryan - Bishop of Mzuzu, Malawi

    02 Nov
    Rev Prof John Ryan - Bishop of Mzuzu, Malawi

    This week’s alumnus became the first Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mzuzu, Malawi and was recently appointed Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese. Bishop Ryan is a Kiltegan Father and has worked in Malawi for the past 40 years. He introduced the first PhD programme in Mathematics in Malawi and has a special interest in coding theory.

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  • Ruth Delaney - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

    11 Oct
    Ruth Delaney - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Sports injuries are part and parcel of being athlete (as Martin O’Neill knows well). Luckily athletes have doctors like our graduate of the week Ruth Delaney there to lend a helping hand. While still completing her training Ruth worked with the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots in her role as an orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist.

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  • Michael Coughlan - Applied Mathematician

    04 Oct
    Michael Coughlan - Applied Mathematician

    In a week when space has been at the forefront of everybody’s minds thanks to Elon Musk and his Mars plans, meet our graduate of the week, Michael Coughlan. While completing his Masters, Michael Coughlan and his team helped to solve a conundrum which has been plaguing researchers for years: the location of iron rich meteorites in the Antarctic. He is currently working towards a D.Phil (PhD) in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford at the Environmental Research DTP (Doctoral training partnership).

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