Spotlight 2018

  • Sam Bowman - Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute

    08 Jan 2018
    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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  • Michele Donovan - COO, Tapstak

    15 Jan 2018
    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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  • Tracey Kennedy - Chair, Cork County GAA Board

    22 Jan 2018
    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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  • Ed Donovan, Advanced Medical Services

    29 Jan 2018
    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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  • Anne Sommerfield - Natural History Producer/Director

    05 Feb 2018
    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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  • Henrietta McKervey - Fiction Writer

    19 Feb 2018
    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 2018
    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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  • Tom Raftery, Global Evangelist for the Internet of Things - SAP

    26 Feb 2018
    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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  • Mairín Hughes - UCC's oldest known graduate

    05 Mar 2018
    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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  • Claire Ivers - Human Rights Consultant

    12 Mar 2018
    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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  • Conor Lyden - Trustap

    20 Mar 2018
    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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  • Fiona Edwards Murphy, Apis Protect

    03 Apr 2018
    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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  • Tom Meade- Digital Director (CIO) at the Registers of Scotland

    09 Apr 2018
    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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  • Aisling Fitzgerald - Stage Manager

    16 Apr 2018
    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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  • Eleanor Hayes – MTV Events Manager

    23 Apr 2018
    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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  • Eoin Leonard - Owner I3PT

    30 Apr 2018
    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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  • Mairead deBláca – deBláca Jewellery

    08 May 2018
    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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  • David Twohig – Chief Vehicle Engineer, Byton Cars

    14 May 2018
    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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  • Alison Kelly Roe

    21 May 2018
    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 She talks to us about her college days.

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  • Marlene Enright - Musician

    28 May 2018
    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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  • Tomás and Julie O’Leary - TOLD & Co / Redzone Recruitment

    05 Jun 2018
    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 ( 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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  • Senita Appiakorang, Lead vocalist, ‘Shookrah"

    11 Jun 2018
    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

    26 Jun 2018
    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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  • Ursula Morrish - Visit Cork, Destination Manager

    18 Jun 2018
    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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  • Roseanna Purcell - Actress

    02 Jul 2018
    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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  • Dr Joey Byrne - Medicine Graduate

    09 Jul 2018
    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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  • Vincent McCarthy – Co-Founder, The Festival of Curiosity

    16 Jul 2018
    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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  • Mary Walsh Lawlor, CEO Carlow County Development Partnership

    23 Jul 2018
     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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  • Susie Horgan - Springboard PR and Marketing

    30 Jul 2018
    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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  • Peadar Brehony - Wildlife Conservation

    07 Aug 2018
    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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  • Tadhg Coakley - Author

    13 Aug 2018
    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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  • Emer O'Shea - Founder of Khonsu Therapeutics

    20 Aug 2018
    Emer O'Shea -  Founder of Khonsu Therapeutics

    In this week’s Alumni Spotlight we chat to scientist-turned-entrepreneur, Emer O’Shea, founder of Khonsu Therapeutics. A previous participant in the RebelBio accelerator programme, the Neuroscience graduate and her team are currently developing a biologic protein which will help patients suffering from chronic inflammation. The company is initially focusing on perfecting a drug for veterinary use but the main goal is to deliver game-changing therapeutic options for use in diseases such as arthritis and eczema. Read our interview with Emer below:

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  • Mick Finn - Lord Mayor of Cork

    27 Aug 2018
    Mick Finn - Lord Mayor of Cork

    UCC Arts graduate, Cllr. Mick Finn, is the Lord Mayor of Cork city. Cllr. Finn, who represents the Cork South Central constituency, is the first Independent Lord Mayor in 70 years. He has had a varied career, working as a journalist in Ireland and Australia before turning his attention to local politics. He has a special interest in the areas of sport and education having coached GAA in schools and delivered programmes for students at risk of early school leaving. He talks to us about his memories of UCC, the pranks he played with his classmates and the people who influenced him!

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  • Sarah McCan - Trocaire’s Country Director for Zimbabwe

    03 Sep 2018
    Sarah McCan - Trocaire’s Country Director for Zimbabwe

    Sarah McCan is Trocaire’s Country Director for Zimbabwe. It has been a challenging summer for the Tipperary woman and her team, with a period of unrest after Zimbabwe’s Presidential elections and the swearing in of the country’s third ever President following Mugabe’s 37-year reign. Trocaire’s programmes in Zimbabwe are varied; Sarah and her colleagues focus on everything from human rights issues to working with farmers experiencing drought. She takes some time out to chat to us about her time at UCC.

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  • Mark Riordan – Founder, Hive Mind

    25 Sep 2018
    Mark Riordan – Founder, Hive Mind

    A Masters Degree in Organic Horticulture led beekeeper, Mark Riordan, to develop an innovative approach to commercial beekeeping at his family farm in Myrtleville. His company, Hive Mind (‘we keep the bees, you keep the honey’), allows corporates and individuals to sponsor hives in exchange for an annual fee. The business is going from strength to strength, with companies like Airbnb and the Market Lane Group serving up pots of the delicious Cork honey to their customers and staff. We chat to Mark about his time at UCC.

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  • Lesley Conroy, Actress

    01 Oct 2018
    Lesley Conroy, Actress

    Fans of RTE’s Fair City will know her as Aoife, one of the show’s most reviled characters, but Lesley Conroy is now taking on a role of a different kind in Decadent Theatre’s 'The Mai’, which has just finished up at the Everyman. The versatile actress, who has worked with the likes of Brendan Gleeson and Mia Farrow, is also a fluent Irish speaker and can count roles in TG4 productions among her credits. She is due to appear again on our screens this autumn in Sharon Horgan’s comedy-drama series ‘Women on the Verge’, alongside fellow Cork woman, Eileen Walsh. We chat to Lesley about her UCC days.

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  • Ailís Ní Ríain, Composer and Playwright

    08 Oct 2018
    Ailís Ní Ríain, Composer and Playwright

    Ailís Ní Ríain is a contemporary classical composer and playwright. The Yorkshire-based artist was the winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2016. Her site-specific music-theatre work, ‘I Used to Feel’, was recently performed at the Dublin Fringe Festival. This atmospheric one-woman show is set in a hotel room and combines a mixture of movement, sign language, text and music. Ní Ríain has also gained much success as a theatre writer; her play, ‘The Tallest Man in the World’ was a finalist at the renowned Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference in the U.S. The production, which was premiered by Corcadorca, is due to be staged at The Tank Theatre, New York in 2019.

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  • Frances Brown, Fowlam User Research Consultancy

    22 Oct 2018
    Frances Brown, Fowlam User Research Consultancy

    Cork native, Frances Brown, lives in Nottingham with her husband, fellow UCC alum, Michael, and their two children. She runs a user research consultancy, Fowlam, with Michael. The company works with organisations to help them understand the needs of their customers so they can design usable, attractive and successful products and services. Over the last two and half years, Fowlam has worked with a variety of organisations, including Health Education England, UK Visas and Immigration, Balliol College Oxford and the Department for Education. A highlight for Frances has been working with Lego - if only for that fact that her children were highly impressed! We chat to Frances about her college days.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Linda Plover - Musician, Performer and Co-founder of Blue Monkey PR

    19 Nov 2018
    Alumni Spotlight: Linda Plover - Musician, Performer and Co-founder of Blue Monkey PR

    Originally from Lincoln in the UK, Linda Plover moved to Ireland in 2002 to study music at UCC, gaining an honours degree. A multi-instrumentalist, she sings, plays bodhrán, tin whistle and guitar and released two singles with alt-folk outfit Chunky Planet during her time at UCC. She is also the co-founder of Blue Monkey PR, an agency specialising in promoting music events and recording artists. A member of independent theatre company Burning Paper Productions, Linda will perform in '4-Play', a new four-part theatre production, bringing together four writers, each with a story to tell. Revealing their innermost thoughts and experiences, each play is performed by each writer, delving into a personal journey of self-discovery and one moment that profoundly changed and defined their lives. 4-Play takes place on 22nd November at the Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork, see for details.

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  • Mike Sheehan, CEO, Milis Bio

    12 Nov 2018
    Mike Sheehan, CEO, Milis Bio

    Mike Sheehan is the CEO and co-founder of Milis Bio, a company which designs protein based low-calorie flavourings. Milis Bio was recently named Bank of Ireland/IGNITE Business of the Year for 2018. Mike's background in Neuroscience, studying the link between the brain and nutrition, inspired him to develop a healthy sugar substitute. After seeing a gap in the market, Milis Bio was born and the company now intend to apply the same method of protein design to other food flavourings. We chat to Mike about his college days, the Clubs and Socs Ball and sitting in on Philosophy lectures!

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  • Ewen Mullins - Head of Crop Science, Teagasc, Oak Park

    04 Dec 2018
    Ewen Mullins - Head of Crop Science, Teagasc, Oak Park

    Dr. Ewen Mullins is the newly appointed Head of the Crop Science Department at Teagasc, Oak Park in Carlow. Dr. Mullins graduated with a PhD in Plant Science from UCC before joining Teagasc as a researcher in 2002. His expertise in the area of crop improvement is especially important at a time when the Irish tillage sector is undergoing significant challenges. We talk to Ewan about his UCC days and how it taught him the importance of resilience, patience and problem-solving.

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  • Maria Kidney, Director, Brighter Communities Worldwide

    12 Dec 2018
    Maria Kidney, Director, Brighter Communities Worldwide

    Maria Kidney in the Co-Founder and Director of Brighter Communities Worldwide, a charity working with communities in Kenya to deliver programmes that enrich peoples’ lives and create better futures for them and their families. The idea for the charity was born out of Maria’s own experience as a tourist in Kenya in 2000. 

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