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Royal Irish Academy to unveil Dr Maria McNamara’s portrait

8 Dec 2016

UCC School of BEES palaeobiologist Dr Maria McNamara is one of 12 female academic leaders whose portraits were unveiled last night (Wednesday 7th December) by Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

The Accenture Women on Walls campaign features Maria in a group painting of eight of today’s leading Irish female scientists along with individual portraits of the first four women to be admitted to the Academy: Françoise Henry, Phyllis Clinch, Eleanor Knott and Sheila Tinney. The group painting is by Blaise Smith, and the individual portraits, by Vera Klute. These are the first portraits of female scientists to be featured on the Academy’s walls in its 230-year history.

Silicon Republic have a news item on the event: Maria's daughter Liadh was also photographed at the launch:

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland