Alumni Spotlight

Aidan Murphy - Co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery

4 Sep
Aidan Murphy

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.

Course/subjects studied in UCC

B.Sc. Food Business and M.Sc. Food Science and Technology

Best memory of UCC

Making new friends and growing up, although the former might disagree about the latter.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

UCC provided me with the base knowledge needed to start and run a business. It is also where I learned most of the science and engineering I use as a brewer.

What is your advice to current UCC students?

You should have a burning desire to understand every aspect of what you study. It's not about exams and rote learning; it’s about feeding your passion. Find your passion and change the world!!

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

I can't pick any one person. It was the collective experience, but it was great!

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I played rugby and tennis but probably not as much as I should have.

Favourite UCC legend or superstition 

You'll fail your exams if you walk through the centre of the quad!

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