Meet our Scholars
2017 Quercus Scholars
1. Jack O'Sullivan, 2. Emily Duffy, 3. David O'Sullivan, 4. James Harte, 5. Robert O'Donovan, 6. Alana Daly Mulligan, 7. Rhianne Kelly, 8. Sumitha Pandiaraja, 9. Ben Kavanagh, 10. Paddy Cadell, 11. Cian Bohane, 12. Maria Carey, 13. Nicole Delaney, 14. Brian Ó Beaglaoich, 15. Hannah Humphreys, 16. Hannah Looney, 17. Ciara Cullinane, 18. Eimear De Brun, 19. Ben Smith. 20. Sophie Healy-Thow (pictured below)
Emily Duffy: Emily is a 2017 Active Citizenship Scholar studying Commerce. While fundraising for a homeless charity in Limerick, Emily became familiar with the homeless population and the issues they face on a daily basis. Her experience inspired her to create the Duffily Bag - a sleeping back that is lightweigth, waterproof, heat retainiing, non-flammable, highly reflective, with a strap for wasy transport, a place to store valuables, and three layers on the botton for extra support. In two years, Emily has produced and distributed hundreds of Duffily Bags. Working to reduce homelessness overall, Emily also employs homeless individuals to produce the bags. Emily showcased the Duffily Bag at the BT Young Scientist and Technology competition in 2015. Emily was named on the Journal.ie's 20 under 20 list for 2016, was All-Ireland student volunteer of the year for 2017 and she is currently Global Teen Leader with the We Are Family Foundation. Ultimately, Emily's goal is to distribute the Duffily Bag worldwide to help improve the lives of homeless individuals everywhere.
James Harte: James is a 2017 Quercus University Scholar studying Biomedical Science in Iniversity College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology, awarded a Quercus Scholarship for academic excellence and achievement in his examination results. Formerly a student of Gaelcholáiste Choilm, his childhood passion for scientific and medical endeavour has progressively developed into a fundamental aspect of his character. In choosing medical science, and with the incredible support of the Quercus Programme, James aims to embark on an academic career that straddles experimental research and clinical diagnosis, translating empirical investigation into therapeutic and diagnostic opportunites that could potentially make a distinct difference to the well-being of others. In the future, James hopes to pursue doctoral studies, perhaps to add to the sum of medical knowledge, but also amalgamate his love of science with an equal avidity for education, teaching and learning.
Robert O'Donovan: Rob is a 2017 Quercus Sports' Scholar. He is a past pupil of Christian Brother's College and is currently studying Business Information Systems in the College of Business and Law. Rob was awarded his Quercus Scholarship based on his merits and achievements in Rugby. Rob was part of the 2015 Senior Cup team and, as a result of his performances, was picked to represent Munster in the U20 Interprovincials, where he was part of the team which won the Interprovincial title in 2016. Rob was was also a member of the UCC Rugby team which was promoted to division 1b and as recognition of this was awarded a UCC Sports' Star Award in 2017 for his contribution to UCC Sport. Rob is also a year 1 member of the Munster Rugby Academy and was capped twice in the group stages of the British and Irish Cup 2017/2018 season for Munster A.
Alana Daly-Mulligan: Alana is a 2017 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar, studying Arts International in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Alana's interest in activism and citizenship stems from an early background in theatre and the arts in her home of Waterford City. Over the past decade, she has worked extensively both on and off the stage, using her knowledge to create innovative and exciting youth projects. The Lions' Clun Waterford Youth Ambassador 2016/17 has worked across the country and Europe at large with organisations like SpunOut.ie, Webwise.ie, Shona.ie to name a few. Her continued involvement in Waterford Comhairle na nÓg (and further representation of the organisation in The European Parliament in Brussels) led to the development of the TeenSpace portal-Ireland's first purpose built regional youth services site. She has also worked ectensively with the homeless, being part of the founding team of The One Campaign for Change and BuskAid, two groups that strive to raise awareness of homelessness in Ireland. Her most recent project was the curation of The Lit Festival; Ireland's first dedicated YA literature festival which took place in November, 2017. She is a vocal Repeal the 8th Activist, writing many spoken word pieces for the campaign. her biographical piece My Great Aunt Chrissie won Best Writing Piece at the NoiseFlicks Film Festival in October 2017. Alana wants to use her BA International degree to help arm her for a world of media and journalism. Alana currently works as a reporter and news reader with the regional radio station Beats 102-103.
Rhianne Kelly: Rhianne is a 2017 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. She is studying for a BA in Music and English in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Having started out in classical music, Rhianne was awarded distinctions in all of her flute exams under the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She has also been awarded three High Achievers' Awards under the academy, whereby she achieved 100% in her music theory exams. Going on to specialise in Irish tradtional music, Rhianne's interests lie in both performance and composition in the genre, with piano-accordion and flute being har main instruments. She has won numerous medals at all levels in Fleadhanna Ceoil, most notably three consecutive All-Ireland titles as part of her Grupa Ceoil, as well as three solo All-Ireland titles in the piano accordion category. She has provided entertainment for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, and has performed as part of the Meitheal Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin alongside Sharon Shannon and Liam Ó Maonlaí. She has also provided support for Delores Keane during her concert series and has performed in several other venues such as The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, The Black Box, Galway, the Millennium Theatre, Limerick and many more.
Sumitha Grace Pandiaraja: Sumitha, an international student from Singapore, is studying Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. She was chosen to receive the 2017 Quercus University Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding academic results at UCC. In 2017, she was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience grant for eight weeks of paid laboratory research with the Cork Cancer Research Centre. Sumitha, along with a team of undergraduate students from the pharmacy, biochemistry and mathematics disciplines, presented this research project at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston and clinched a Silver award for UCC. Furthermore, Sumitha has also competed at national level to win the 2017 NUI Dr. H.H. Stewart Medical Scholarship in Natomy 2017. In addition, she has also been previously nominated for the MacConaill Prize in Anatomy, following her good performances in the anatomy component for first and second year studies. In the future, Sumitha hopes to be a source of strength and support for her patients while providing them with appropriate, cutting-edge care. Having volunteered with various healthcare organisations, she also intends to broaden her knowledge in the related fields of public health and policy to improve healthcare access for underprivileged and marginalised communities.
Ben Kavanagh: Ben Kavanagh is a Creative and Performing Arts Scholars studying Film and Screen Media in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Ben is a writer, cinematographer and editor hailing from Tralee. Ben set up his own Film & Media Company at 15, using unique concepts and imaginative visuals to craft engaging and powerful videos. His work has been screened at dozens of Films Festivals, both nationally and internationally, including Dublin, Toronto, Los Angelas and New York. Ben is currently working on his first feature film, which he plans to shoot before the end of the year.
Paddy Cadell: Paddy Cadell is a 2017 Quercus Sports' Scholar studying BCL Law Pathways in the College of Business and Law. Paddy has represented Tipperary in hurling form U-14s up along and is currently o the Tipperary U-21 hurling team. Paddy played midfield on the Tipperary team that won the Munster and All-Ireland Minor Champioship in 2016. He further went on to captain the Tipperary Minor Team in 2017. Paddy also achieved success with his former secondary school Our Lady's Templemore by captaining the senior team to Dr. Harty Cup and Dr. Croke Cup success in 2017. He is currently hoping to achieve success with the UCC Freshers hurling team in the coming championship.
Maria Carey: Maria is a 2017 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. She is a student of the College of Medicine and Health, where she is undertaking a degree in Parmacy. Maria is an Irish traditional musician who plays the flute, tin whistle and button accordion. She has won numerous solo county and Munster titles, and in 2016, won the 15-18 All Ireland title in Flute Slow Airs in Ennis. She was part of the band 'Gluaiseacht', who performed in the National Concert Hall at the finals of Siansa Gael Linn 2016, where they claimed third prize. She was one of the 2015 Comhaltas SCT exam candidates who received a Micheál Ó hEidhin Medal for achieving 4 Distinction Grades in their final exams. As well as performance, Maria enjoys composition, and in 2014, was awarded a scholarship in compositin at Meitheal Irish Trad Summer School. She was elected as First Year Rep for UCC Tradsoc in 2017. Notable performances to date include performing as support act for Four Men and a Dog, playing flute for "Puttnam plays Puttnam" with Sacha Puttnam as part of National Digital Week, and performances on Radio na Gaeltachta and TG4. She enjoys contributing to the musical life of University College Cork in various events throughout the college year, in between labs, placements and lectures for her Pharmacy studies.
Nicole Delaney: Nicole is a 2017 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. A former student of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle, she is now studying a Bachelor of Arts Music in the college of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Having started the Tin Whistle at the age of four, Nicole is now a well all rounded traditional musician being highly accomplished in a number of instruments such as the Tin Whistle, Flute, Concertina, Fife, Fiddle and the Harp. Nicole has also taken part in the Fleadh Cheoil and has won numerous County, Munster and All Ireland titles in both solo and group competitions. She recently performed on TG4's live show 'Failte 2018' New Years Eve alongside Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Donogh Hennessy and Gary O'Brien. Nicole took part in singing and playing on Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich's single 'Amhrán na nGael'. She has also featured on Raidio na Gaeltachta, Clare FM, RTÉ and TG4 frequently.
Brian Ó Beaglaoich: Brian is a 2017 Quercus Sports' Scholar studying Commerce International with Irish in the College of Business and Law. Formerly a student of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Brian received his Quercus Sports' Scholarship due to his GAA achievements. It is in Pobalscoil where he won two Hogan Cup titles and three Corn Uí Mhuirí titles. He won an All-Ireland Minor title in 2014 with Kerry. He has played under-21 football with Kerry in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He made his senior Championship debut in the Summer of 2016, winning a Munster Senior Club Championship. Brian has represented the College in the Fresher's competitions, in the County Championships and in the Sigerson, where he hopes they will be successful this year.
Hannah Humphreys: Hannah is a 2017 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Formally a pupil of St. Angela's College Cork, Hannah studies Chemical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Sciences. Hannah is a hockey goalkeeper. She has played Munster U-16 and U-18 and vice-captained the U-16 team in 2014 which was the first Munster team to beat Ulster in over a decade. She has also played Irish U-16 and U-18 and is currently involved in the Irish U-21 development squad. Hannah was voted Munster Young Player of the Year for the 2016/17 hockey season. Hannah's ultimate ambition is to part of an Irish senior team to compete in an Olympics.
Ciara Cullinane: Ciara is a 2017 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar and a former student of Loreto Secondary School, Wexford. She is studying Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. She has achieved seven distinctions in her classical singing exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is currently studying for a vocal performance diploma. She has achieved numerous awards for her outstanding examination results, winning 'Student of the Year' in the County Wexford School of Music in 2014, 'Music Student of the Year' and verious academic awards from her secondary school in 2017, as well as her LAMDA dramatic arts examinations. Ciara won 1st place in the AIMS Choral Festival Singing Competition in New Ross in 2015 and also won 1st place in the Arklow Music Festival in 2016. She has previously appeared on the Late Late Toy Show and has perfromed solos on RTE's 'Mass on Sunday' with her various choral groups. Ciara has been actively involved in musical societies in Wexford from a very young age, with performance in 'Annie', 'Ragtime', 'Hairspray', 'Oliver', and 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. She has performed various principle roles in the National Opera House with Wexford Light Opera Society, including the 2016 production of 'Evita' and the role of 'Johanna' in the 2018 production of 'Sweeney Todd'. She went on to win best musical item for her solo performance at the Carrick on Suir Music Festival, as well as playing the lead role of 'Eponine' in her school's production of 'Les Miserables'. Ciara co-founded a vocal group 'Seventh Fret' who perform regularly at events in Wexford and won 'Wexford has Talent' in 2017. Ciara is now enjoying representing UCC as part of the UCC Singers who were runners up in the 2017 Sligo International Choral Festival.'
Sophie Healy Thow: Sophie is a 2017 Active Citizenship Scholar. Formerly a student of Bruce College Sophie is studying International Development and Food Policy in the school of Business and Law. Sophie is a youth activist who promotes Food Security, Gender Equality and Anti-bullying at local, national and global levels. She is on the UK Board of the leading International charity ActionAid and is an Ambassador for both the ONE Campaign and ISPCC. Sophie was selected by the UN to be a Youth Leader for Zero Hunger at United Nations General Assembly 2015. In 2017 Sophie was chosen to represent Ireland at the bi-annual Youth Ag Summit where the delegates were challenged to find solutions on "How to Feed a Hungry Planet". While at the Summit Sophie co-foudned "Agrikua", an online platform to promote women in agriculture in developing countries, Agrikua went onto win the first prize at the summit and Sophie and her team are now being fudned by Bayer Crop Sciences to develop the idea further. Also in 2017 Sophie was invited to paraticipate in the inaugural UNLeash Innovation Lab in Denmark working to find solutions to Sustainable Development Goals. Sophie speaks regularly at events such as The European Development Days in Brussels, WE Day UK, Irish Aid Awards, Thought for Food Conference and Cork Climate March among others. She was one of only 10 women (along with Facebook founder Sheryl Sandberg and Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts) to be included in the Disney book about leadership. 'Choose to Matter' written by Olympic medallist and ESPN presenter Julie Foudy features 10 female leaders who share their stories and experiences to encourage young women to find the leader within. A past Google Science Fair, European Union Young Scientist and BT Young Scientist winner, she was named by TIME magazine as one fo the most influential teens 2014.
2016 Quercus Scholars
2016 Quercus Scholars: 1. Rose Keating, 2. JD Kehoe, 3. Stephen Cronin, 4. Sinéad Ní Argáin, 5. Cathal O'Hanlon, 6. Ronan Byrne, 7. Tom Devine, 8. Mark O'Connor, 9. Elaine O' Connell, 10. Michaela Crosbie, 11. Hannah Collins, 12. Michael Gleeson, 13. Ciara Judge, 14. Ailish McMahon, 15. Darragh Meaney, 16. Miah Phelan Sweeney, 17. Clara Hurley, 18. Emer Hickey, 19. Shane Kingston, 20. Mark Hassett, 21. Paul Kiernan (picture below).
1. Rose Keating: Rose is a 2016 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. She is studying for a BA in English in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Coming from St. Angela's College in Waterford, Rose was chosen to receive the Quercus Scholarship for the uniqueness and quality of her creative writing. Rose has won the local category of the Séan Dunne Young Writers Award and was both the overall national winner, and the readers' choice winner, of the Write Here, Write Now National Writing Competition (Hot Press). She is currently working as a columnist for the Waterford News and Star. She has written various reviews for Hot Press Magazine, and has recently been published in an anthology book of young writers, 'Magic is Everywhere'. Rose has recently been published in Not One of US magazine, The Incubator magazine, in the Cornerstone publication, had one of her stories published in a podcast called The Breakroom Stories, and had a story in UCC's own literary journal Quarryman. I've also written music reviews for UCC's magazine Motley, and done an interview with the band Mount Kimbie with Motley as well.
2. JD Kehoe: John David (JD) is a 2016 Quercus University Scholar studying Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. JD, a former student of Ardscoil Rís in Limerick, was chosen to receive the Quercus University Scholarship because of the outstanding results he received in his second year at UCC. JD intends to be an advocate for cancer research and desires to provide hope, reassurance and knowledge to those suffering specifically from breast cancer. He is a previous winner of the Dr. Kate Flynn Memorial Medal in Physiology and he was a UCC Entrance scholar also. JD won the Dr. B Foley Medal in Microbiology 2016/1017 and the Bristish Pharmacological Society Prize for Clinical Pharmacology 2017/2017, both for in-house college exams. Over the last two years he has been nominated to compete for the Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Public Health and Pharmacology Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medical Scholarships (7/7 nominations), and he won the NUI Dr. HH Stewart Medical Scholarships in Pharmacology 2017, which is a national competition. While his academic achievements will help JD become a good doctor, his kindness of spirit will ensure that he will be a great doctor.
3. Stephen Cronin: Stephen is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar studying Computer Science in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Formerly a student of Coláiste Chriost Rí, Stephen received his Quercus Sports' Scholarship due to his notable GAA achievements. Stephen plays Gaelic Football with UCC, Nemo Rangers and Cork. Stephen made his Cork Senior Debut in 2015 and captained Cork U21 footballers in 2016. He has won two Munster u21s, one Senior County with Nemo Rangers and two U21 County titles.
4. Sinéad Ní Argáin: Sinéad is a 2016 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. Coming from Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Sinéad is now studying Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Sinéad received the Quercus Scholarship because of her many musical accomplishments, including three Diplomas from Trinity College London in Piano, Clarinet and Violin. Sinéad was also awarded the 'Most Distinguished Student' in the Department of Keyboard Studies, Senior Cycle in Cork School of Music. Living and breathing musicality, Sinéad constantly challenges herself by entering as many musical competions as possible. Sinéad also received a 2016 Quercus Entrance Scholarship due to her excellent leaving cert results.
5. Cathal O'Hanlon: Cathal is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar studying for a BA in Arts in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. A native of Cobh, Cathal attended Coláiste Muire before starting at UCC. Cathal was awarded a Quercus Sports' Scholarship because of his achievements in soccer. Cathal has played as goalkeeper on the Republic of Ireland International U15's, U16s and U19s soccer squad. He also completed a two year scholarship at Charlton Athletic Football Club and played for Cork City U19's, and trained with the Cork City senior squad. He currently guards the net of the UCC senior soccer team.
6. Ronan Byrne: Ronan is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar. He is studying Nutritional Science in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Ronan, a former student of Douglas Community School, was awarded the Quercus Scholarship based on his achievements in rowing. Ronan previously won gold in the men's junior doubles and quads. Last August, he finished eight overall in the men's doubles at the Rotterdam World Championships and he is currently training to qualify for the 2017 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Ronan spends the bulk of his time training on the Marina and intends to make Tokyo 2020 his first Olympic games.
7. Tom Devine: Tom is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar studying Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. Tom, a former student of St. Augustines in Dungarvan, was awarded a Quercus Sports' Scholarship based largely on his outstading GAA achievements. Tom has represented Waterford from U14s-U21s football and from U14 to senior in hurling. The Waterford man was part of the team that won the Minor Hurling All Ireland 2013, the National League in 2015 and the U21 Hurling All Ireland in 2016. To add to this Tom also displays his UCC colours proudly while playing Fitzgibbon Hurling.
8. Mark O'Connor: Mark, a former student of PS Chorca Dhuibhne, is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar. A significant part of the Kerry Minor Football team, Mark currently is on a rookie contract with Australia League Football team Geelong. Mark, who elected for Commerce in the College of Business and Law, is deferring his course of study to pursue his professional AFL career.
9. Elaine O'Connell: Elaine, a native of Ballybunion, is a 2016 Quercus University Scholar. Having completed a First Class Honours degree in Occupational Therapy in NUI Galway in 2012, Elaine went on to study Graduate Entry Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health, UCC. Her hard work and diligence earned her 'The Graduate Entry to Medicine First Year Prize 2015/16. Following on from that Elaine's outstanding second year results helped her to secure a Quercus University Scholarship. Her academic achievement is not, however, the only thing that defines her. Elaine has volunteered selflessly with an organisation called BTBAB, which provides medical help for underprivileged communities in Peru and the Philippines, and once qualified she aims to use her skills to aid those most in need in developing world countries.
10. Michaela Crosbie: Michaela is a 2016 Quercus University Scholar who is studying Nutritional Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. A former student of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir, Michaela was an International Junior Science Olympiad finalist in 2011, and a European Science Olympiad finalist in Biology in 2012. Michaela received an ETB award for excellence in her leaving certificate and also received awards from her school for excellence in: Maths, Chemistry, Home Economics, Biology and Best Leaving Cert that year. Michaela's outstanding results in her second year in Nutritional Sciences helped to secure her Quercus Scholarship. She has always been interested in health and specifically in preventing diseases through diet. Michaela also enjoys writing science-fiction, and hopes to one day be a published writer in this genre.
11. Hannah Collins: Hannah is a 2016 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. Hannah, a native of Skibbereen and former student of Mercy Heights Secondary School, is studying for a BA in Arts Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Having started playing the piano at the age of seven, Hannah is a highly accomplished pianist who has extensively studied both classical and Irish traditional Music. Hannah has participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil from a young age and over the years she has been the winner of multiple County, Munster and All-Ireland titles in solo piano and group competitions. In May 2015 she was amongst twelve recipients of the Micheál Ó hÉidhinn Medallion for achieving maximum results in the 2014 SCT Senior Cycle 4 exam. In 2014 Hannah was one of only 15 performers selected by Comhaltas to perform with the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland, Britain and North America. Hannah's future aim revolves not only around creating beautifully crafted traditional Irish music pieces but also in experimenting with fusion between different genres.
12. Michael Gleeson: Michael is a 2016 Quercus University Scholar who is studying BIS in the College of Business and Law. Michael, once a student of Douglas Community School, is the first mature student to receive a Quercus scholarship. Michael was awarded UCC Quercus College Scholarship in 2014 and 2015. As a Health Research Board Summer Scholarship 2015 recipient, Michael undertook and Information System research project in the area of mHealth investigating the usability of CHeITA (Child Health Information Tracking Application) amongst healthcare professionals. He is currently part of an fp7 research project for the European Commission in the area of emergency management, named S-Help (Securing Health-Emergency-Learning-Planning), led by the BIS department in UCC, along with a number of other universities and organisations. Michael's areas of interest include mHealth, Emergency Management decision support systems, data visualization, and application development. He believes that evolving health information systems will revolutionize health and healthcare programs in Ireland, and that the use of Information Systems can greatly aid the decision making capabilities of emergency personnel.
13. Ciara Judge: Ciara is a 2016 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. Formerly a pupil of Kinsale Community College, Ciara is studying Genetics in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Over the past three years Ciara has won the BT Young Scientist, the EU Young Scientist and the Google Science Fair with two teammates for their scientific research into seed germination. In 2014 TIME Magazine named her as being one of the 25 most influential teens worldwise, and she is currently a Global Teen Leader with the We Are Family Foundation. In the past year she co-founded two starts-up - Germinaid Innovations, and PurchaseMate. Ciara is also working on the not for profit initiative Project Zilkr, an outreach platform for young entrepreneurs, which recently merged with the United Nation's YouthCorp. In 2016 Ciara was also awarded the title of one of the ten Outstanding Young People of the World.
14. Ailish McMahon: Ailish is a 2016 Quercus University Scholar. Ailish is a former student of Colaiste Muire Crosshaven and is studying a joint degree in Music and Maths in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. While this may seem like a unlikely combination to some, to Ailish it makes perfect sense. She likes both of them for the same reason; both incorporate elements of logic and creativity, both are concerned with patterns, and musical pitch has a mathematical basis as it is related to the frequency of the sound source. Her instrument is piano and in March 2015 she received a Gold Medal for the Advanced Piano Recital with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
15. Darragh Meaney: Darragh is a 2016 Quercus Innovation/Entrpreneurhsip Scholar. A former pupil of the Patrician Academy Mallow, Darragh now studies BIS in the College of Business and Law. Darragh started Shattered.ie, iPhone repair specialists, after seeing a sizeable gap in the market in 2015. Starting from scratch, Shattered.ie has grown to be Cork's best rated iPhone repair service developing pioneering methods of repair. Darragh is hugely involved in promoting Entrepreneurship in UCC and is currently Education Officer for the Entrepreneurial and Social Society. Darragh does not just use his technological know how to make profit, he also volunteers as a 100minds participant working with other students to raise €1,000,000 to save Childline's night services. Although Darragh has a huge love for everything in the technology spectrum this does not make him a robot. He loves life and laughter and encourages enthusiasm in anybody that comes in contact with him.
16. Miah Phelan Sweeney: Miah is a 2016 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar and a former student of Cross and Passion Secondary School in Co. Kildare. Miah studies BCL (Pathways) in the College of Business and Law. She has completed her diploma exam in musical theatre performance and is currently studying for a performance diploma in classical piano performance. In 2016 Miah was awarded a Royal Irish Academy of Music High Achiever's Award. Miah is also a singer/songwriter and has won RTE's Star Search competition as well as being a finalist in this years UCC Songwriting competition. Miah works as part of the Music Generation Carlow songwriting and community outeach programme. A multi-talented scholar, Miah is not only blessed with musical abilities but she is also gifted in sport and academia. Miah plays hockey with UCC 1st XI and has been a part of Leinster U16s and U18s panels. In 2014 she captained Leinster to an interprovincial title and was named on the Irish U16s Panel. In 2016 she won young player of the year for Old Alex HC. Miah's motivation and diligence will not doubt serve the world well as she pursues her intended career in human rights advocacy. Miah is also a 2016 Quercus Entrance Scholar due to her high leaving cert results.
17. Clara Hurley: Clara is a 2015 Quercus University Scholar, she features in this group photograph as she was studying abroad in Leiden University for the Academic year 2015/2016. Formerly a pupil of Christ King Girls Secondary School Clara is studying BCL (International) in the College of Business and Law. Her third year was spent in the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, specialising in European and International Law. She was the sole undergraduate finalist in the Legal Student of the Year category at the Irish Law Awards 2016 and was Highly Commended in the International Undergraduate Award 2016. Her academic work has been published in the Irish Law Times, Trinity College Law Review and University College Dublin Law Review. She has interned in the Office of the Attorney General and several top tier Irish law firms. Clara intends to complete a PhD in Public Law, with the aim of working in academia and research.
18. Emer Hickey: Émer is a 2016 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. A former pupil of Kinsale Community College, Émer studies Biological and Chemical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Émer, as part of a three person team, won the BT Young Scientist and Technologist Competition in 2013 with a project that increased germination rates of barley and oats using a naturally occurring bacteria, With this project, the team went onto win both the EU Contest for Young Scientists and the Google World Science Fair. Alongside fellow Quercus Scholar Ciara Judge, Émer continues research based on the findings of the original project in their startup 'Germinaid'. Émer speaks regularly at various conferences across Europe to promote STEM including WeDay London in Wembley Arena, Wired 2015 and at the European Union Innovation Convention in Brussels. In 2014, she was featured by TIME Magazine as one of the 25 most influential teenagers in the world. She was also named by Silicon Republic as one of their role models for Women in STEM. Émer holds a position in the London Internaitonal Youth Science Forum team based in Imperial College London each summer. Émer aims to promote science both inside and outside the classroom.
19. Shane Kingston: Shane is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar. He attended secondary school at Rochestown College and now studies Arts in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science. Shane has been playing Hurling and Gaelic Football since the age of four and has been playing county level since the age of 13. To date he has won nine county medals with his club, Douglas GAA. Shane can operate anywhere within the forward line and his scoring rate has acted as an inspiration to his teammates. Shane's determination and love of the game means that no obsticle is insurmountable, including injury. After returning from a serious leg injury, six weeks earlier than expected, Shane came on with 12 minutes to go and scored 1-2 to help Douglas win the Minor County Premier 1 Hurling Championship 2015. Shane has played in the Harty Cup Final, Corn Ui Mhuiri Final and the Simcox Final and has helped Rochestown College to win two O'Callaghan Cup Finals. Shane, who currently plays with UCC Freshers and Cork Seniors, is no doubt an All-Star for the future.
20. Mark Hassett: Mark is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Formerly a student of Schull Community College, Mark is studying Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Mark is a notable sailor and has been a member of the ISA Development Squad since 2013. He has numerous national titles and has also represented Ireland at World Championship level on a number of occasions. Mark was captain when his crew won 1st place in both the 2014 and the 2015 ITRA Team Racing National Senior Championships. In 2015 Mark also captained the Senior Irish team in the Team Racing World Championships, finishing 9th. Mark's dream to represent Ireland in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has gathered speed with his selection for the Irish Olympic Development Team.
21. Paul Kiernan: Paul Kiernan is a 2016 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Paul is missing from the photo above because he was having minor surgery on the day of the Quercus induction. Paul, a former pupil of Presentation Brothers Cork, studies Commerce in the College of Business and Law. Paul was chosen as a Quercus scholar because of his achievements in his Rugby achievements. Paul was captain of Presentation Brother's Senior Cup Squad while in secondary school and from there his rugby career has flourished. He captained the Munster U20s when they won the Interprovincial title in September 2016, and was a member of the Ireland squad who reached the final of the U20s World Cup in Manchester in June. During that tournament he captained the side in their victory over Georgia. Paul, who played a pivitol role in getting UCC Rugby promoted to division 1B, was awarded the UCC Sports' Star Award in 2015 and 2016 in acknowledgement of his contribution to UCC Sport.
2015 Quercus Scholars
2015 Quercus Scholars accompanied by Professor John O'Halloran 1.(a): 1. Aidan Marnane, 2. Calvin O'Callaghan, 3. Conor Arkins, 4. James McGlynn, 5. Jennifer Chadwick, 6. William Ormonde, 7. Cian Gallagher, 8. Alan Hayes, 9. Seafra Guilfoyle, 10. Ann Christin Bloch, 11. Kaumal Baig Mirza, 12. Sarah Jameel, 13. Chris Mintern, 14. Sam Grace, 15. Alexandra Whelan, 16. Robert Kerley, 17. John Power (not included in photo)
1. Aidan Marnane: Aidan is a 2015 Quercus University Scholar. Formerly a student of St. Francis College in Rochestown, he chose to study Mathematical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Aidan loves the order and structure that mathematics can bring to seemingly chaotic problems, and is constantly in search of that eurika moment when all the pieces of a mathematical problem merge to form a solution. Aidan's enthusiasm for mathematics was rewarded with his extraordinary 2nd year college results and this in turn helped him to secure the Quercus University Scholarship. Aidan's academic achievements are not in mathematics alone and delve also into the realms of linguistics and art. In linguistics Aidan represented Ireland at the 10th International Lingusitics Olympiad 2012 in Slovenia, and won Gold Medal Standard in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2012. Aidan is a member of the UCC Maths Society and he volunteers with the Maths Circle Outreach Programme, this allows him to pass his mathematical knowledge onto others, especially those in the Junior Cycle.
2. Calvin O'Callaghan: Calvin is a 2015 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. A former pupil of Cólaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Calvin went on to study Process and Chemical Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science and graduated in 2016. Calvin created, maintained and operated two businesses while attending full-time education, Skyhighbargains.com and Anybrief.com. In 2015 Anybrief.com had 1,500 members and circa 5,000 monthly visitors, and was ranked in the top 600,000 websites globally. Both of these online business have now been successfully sold on. Calvin has numerous contacts in the far east and spoke at two international conferences on the topic of 3D printing in the healthcare sector in Bangkok and Cork. While in the Department of Process and Chemical Engineering Calvin, as part of a €3.5 million EU funded project, helped research into new, disposable, biodegradable film for packing goods. He also carried out research into supply chain management with regards to perishable foodstuffs. During his 2014 summer work experience Calvin was awarded 'idea of the quarter' for Bristol Myers Squibb in acknowledgement of his newly designed work permit management system. In 2016 Calvin was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year merit award and currently works in the pharmaceutical industry as a process automation engineer with Zenith Technologies.
3. Conor Arkins: Conor is a 2015 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. A native of Clare and former pupil of Glenstal Abbey School, Conor studies Arts with Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Conor is an Irish traditional musician who plays the piano, fiddle and Irish flute. During his leaving cert year Conor was appointed Music Student of the Year, Senior Prefect, Music Prefect and Choir Captain of the Glenstal Abbey Choir, the latter a role rarely bestowed on a student. Conor holds numberous solo and group All-Ireland fleadh ceol medals. He has toured and taught internationally with many different groups and is also a member of The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland. In the past three years Conor has been involved with many music outreach programmes in the Cork city area, working with many music educators from different disciplines of music. Conor is currently completing a study abroad programme, at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where he is specialising in music theory and composition.
4. James McGlynn: James is a 2015 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. Formerly a student of CBS Secondary School in Kilkenny, James is studying Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. James is a musician, composer, conductor and writer. In 2014, he founded and began conducting the UCC Orchestra, which now forms an important strand of UCC's rich tapestry of creative and performance based societies. A trumpeter and guitarist, James is an avid composer of his own music, performing and recording regularly with various ensembles and artists around Ireland. As well as his performative pursuits, James is a keen academic and his work has been recognised on local, national and international stages. He has been awarded the UCC College Scholar Award on three consecutive occasions and received an NUI Award for excellence in English. His paper "Evocations of the Occult: Folk Music's role in creating Tension and Unease in The Wicker Man (1973)" was Highly Commended in the 2016 Undergraduate Awards, with 243 participating universities internationally. His recent research interests include film music, performance analysis and narrative music.
5. Jennifer Chadwick: Jennifer is a 2015 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. Jennifer previously attended Regina Mundi College Cork before choosing to study Law and Business in UCC. A former director of Focail Iontachta, Jennifer co-founded the company in order to promote and develop literacy and numberacy through the medium of Gaeilge. A keen Gaeilgeoir, Jennifer achieved great success with the company with the product being featured on Dragons' Den, and sold the product both here and abroad. Since joining UCC, Jennifer has co-founded two other companies - "Cork Cares" a social enterprise, and "Pinpoint Innovations", a medical software company based in Limerick. Jennifer volunteers as a Student Entrepreneurship Ambassador, and was the first ever representative for Ireland at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards, being the youngest participant in the competition's history. She currently acts as President for UCC's Entrepreneurial and Social Society and is one of the primary organisers for the inaugural UCC Entrepreneurship Awards. Jennifer is concentrating on developing both entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship during her time in UCC.
6. William Ormond: William is a 2015 Quercus University Scholar. The Waterford man, formerly a student of Mount Sion CBS, studied Arts in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Following his undergraduate qualification William then went on to do the Professional Masters of Education with Maths and Economics as his two subjects. William's outstanding second year UCC examination results helped him to secure the Quercus University Scholarship. He also won the John Busteed Memorial Prize in Economics for his second year results. However, his academic achievements did not plateau there, as he went on to better these results in his final year exams. William has led from the front in both of his chosen subjects; acting as Peer Leader in the Economics Department Peer Assisted Learning Programme and serving as a class representative for his mathematics class. William also enjoys sports and is involved in Mount Sion GAA club, both on the field, as a a player, and off the field, as a coach to the underage teams. William hopes that in the future he will become the kind of teacher that inspires interest and love for mathematics and economics.
7. Cian Gallagher: Cian is 2015 Quercus University Scholar. A former student of Kinsale Community College, Cian, after originally completing an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering, went on to study Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. Cian was awarded the Quercus College Scholarship for achieving the highest aggregate mark in the class for first year exams. He was awarded the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship for eight weeks paid laboratory research in the APC Microbiome Institute, and once this scholarship was completed was sponsored by the Microbiome Institute to continue the research. Cian was nominated, competed for and was awarded the MacConaill Prize in Anatomy after achieving one of the highest aggregate marks in the anatomy component of both first and second year exams. Cian believes in a holistic and intergrated approach to medicine; incorporating both traditional medical intervention as well as providing support for important patient lifestyle modifications. He intends to broaden his education in areas outside the conventional medical curriculum such as nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques so that, as a doctor, he can provide the best care for his patients.
8. Alan Hayes: Alan is a 2015 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar. Formerly a pupil of St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny, Alan studies Social Science in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. While Alan was still a young boy his family was touched by the tragedy of suicide. Alan is director, co-founder and secretary of the Tomas Hayes Trust, which was set up in 2014 after he and his mother appeared on "The Late Late Show" to tell their story about how suicide had affected their family. While on the Late Late Show Alan performed a song that he had written and composed called Survivor, the procedes of which went on to fund the Trust. Recently Alan and his mother set up a premises called "Teac Tom" which provides free counselling services to adults contemplating suicide or who may have been effected by suicide. They also provide family supports and child play therapy. As Teac Tom is not government funded, Alan has to spend a lot of his time organising fundraising events. Alan was awarded the President's award at St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny. In 2016 he was named a Global Teen Leader with the We are the Family Foundation. Alan's hobbies include singing, playing music, swimming, soccer and running. Alan is a beacon of hope for all who have suffered tragic loss and the most encouraging aspect of all is that his work has just begun.
9. Seafra Guilfoyle: Seafra is a 2015 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Seafra, who attended secondary school at Presentation Brothers College in Cork, studies Economics in the College of Business and Law. It seems only natural that a native of Myrtleville would develop a love for some form of water sport and it was Seafra's excellence in the sport of Sailing that helped him to secure the Quercus Sports' Scholarship. Seafra has been part Irish sailing teams since he was 12 and is part of the ISA Performance Development Programme. Seafra received a silver medal in the Laser Radial Class ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships 2014 in Portugal. In 2015 Europa Cup in Hvar, Croatia, Seafra won 2nd place in the U19 Laser Full-Rig and 3rd place in the U21 Laser Full-Rig. He is also a member of the UCC Sailing Team. Seafra's dream of becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist is steadily moving towards fruition as he is now part of a two man 49er boat crew campaigning for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
10. Ann-Christin Bloch: Ann-Christin is a 2015 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts' Scholar. Ann-Christin's devotion and passion for music played a part in her choosing to study Arts with Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. In Germany Ann-Christin received the highest marks available in her C-Diploma church organ exams. In her capacity as a church organist she was a regular performer at services in Germany and mastered the role of choir conductor in her local community church. Ann-Christin is also a singer, songwriter and producer, and has recently released an album along with her band. Ann-Christin would like to delve more into the indie music scene and gig more with her band in small venues throughout Cork.
11. Kaumal Baig Mirza: Kaumal is a 2015 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar and is a visual artist. Having attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire, Kaumal went on to study Dentistry in the College of Medicine and Health. In her first year at college Kaumal decided to take part in the UCC Works Programme where she successfully undertook and completed an internship in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. This internship awarded Kaumal insight into the lives of artists, their artwork and the gallery itself. In February 2014 one of Kaumal's art pieces was displayed at an exhibition titled 'It's a Beautiful World' in the Jennings Gallery, Brookfield. Kaumal's piece was subsequently sold to a buyer visiting from Trinity College Dublin. Kaumal designed the Dental Protection (a UK and Ireland Insurance Company) logo, and the original drawing for this logo was sold to a consultant in King's Hospital London, where it currently hangs. Kaumal manages to continually improve her art while mainitaining a high standard in her coursework, as well as participating in clubs and societies and keeping up a part-time job. Kaumal hopes that her art will give people hope, peace and determination.
12. Sarah Jameel: Sarah is a 2015 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar. Sarah is a native of Sri Lanka. Sarah successfully graduated in Biomedical Sciences and International Relations from McGill University in Canada, before she began her study of Dentistry in the College of Medicine and Health at UCC. Sarah's activism was inspired by her first hand experience of the aftermath of the Tsunami on December 26th 2004. She has fundraised for medicine and medical equipment in the East of Sri Lanka and has helped in organising free paediatric health camps for underprivileged children in urban Sri Lanka. At the age of 16 Sarah presented her 'KICK THE BUTT' Project at the World Economic Annual Meeting 2010 in Davros, and to Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown at No. 10 Downing Street. The 'KICK THE BUTT' Project is an anti-smoking campaign targeting teen smoking in Sri Lanka. Sarah's activism has won her the title of Global Teen Leader, Global Changemaker and TEDMED Front Line Scholar. She has spoken publicly on numerous world stages including the Just Peace Summit in New York City, the UN World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka and the European Youth Parliament 2016 in Ireland. Through the formation of a Medicins Sans Frontieres for dentists Sarah hopes to create reliable and affordable dental care for areas affected by conflict, those areas where smiles are needed most. As Lawrence G. Lovasik wrote 'Nobody needs a smile so much as the ones who have none to give...' Sarah's greatest gift to the world will be the spread of smiles. In March, 2017, the Validation Project listed Sarah as one of the Women Who Will, an online campaign honouring women who will make history across the World.
13. Chris Mintern: Chris is a 2015 Quercus Sports' Scholar. A former pupil of Colaiste Chriost Rí, Chris went on to study Mathematical Science in the College of Science, Engineering and Foods Science and graduated in 2016. Chris is an International elite triathlete. He represented Ireland at the World Junior Championships in 2013, was 2nd in the Junior European Cup 2013 in Athlone, was the National Series U23s winner in 2014 and was the winner of the Lee Swim in 2014. Chris cut his senior international teeth at the European Cup in Istanbul in 2015, and in 2016 he won the feared 'Hell of the West' triathlon, which doubled up as the National Championships. Chris's aim for the future is to represent Ireland in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Academically Chris has quite a number of mathematical achievements - he was a winner of the All-Ireland Team Maths Competition 2012, he won the Boole Prize in 2014 for the best talk on a mathematical theme, he volunteered with the UCC Maths Enrichment Programme, and he was a Peer Assisted Learning Tutor for the general science mathematics courses MA1001 and MA1002.
14. Sam Grace: Sam is a 2015 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Formerly a student of Kilkenny College, Sam studies Sports Studies and Physical Education in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Hailing from Kilkenny, it was only natural that Sam would be a hurling fanatic. He played under U12, U14, U16, Minor and Senior hurling with Tullaroan. He also enjoyed football and he even played U16 County football in 2013 for one season. However, from the age of 13, when he first picked up a hockey stick, it became clear which sport was Sam's true love. Since then Sam has been part of the Ireland U16, U18 and U21 hockey panels. He also captained Leinster at U16 and U18 level, winning the Interprovincials with the latter in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Sam has represented Munster in U21 hockey. With Sam's help UCC Hockey Team has reached two firsts in the club's history; winning the Munster division 1 league and winning the Peard Cup. Sporting wise Sam's aims are to play Senior Men's International Hockey, getting as many caps for his country as possible. Sam would also like to be a physical education teacher and a hockey coach so that he can impart to others the sporting skills that he has amassed.
15. Alexandra Whelan: Alex is a 2015 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. A former pupil of Regina Mundi College, Alex studies Law and French in the College of Business and Law. Alex co-founded her first business, Focail Iontacha, in 2013. Focail Iontacha produces learning resources in the form of games to help improve literacy and numberacy of language-learners, particularly focusing on the Irish Language. In 2015, Focail Iontacha was chosen to represent Ireland in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards, held in Washington D.C. Alex hopes to expand Focail Iontacha in the over-seas market, particularly in the East Coast of America. Alex aims to promulgate the use of Irish by tapping into her business experience and contacts to establish a student exchange programme for Irish enthusiasts abroad. She is also interested in pursuing the possibility of producing Focail Iontacha in French, German and/or Chinese. In 2015 Alex was among a group of UCC students who established Cork Cares, a social enterprise which aims to generate a regular income stream for local charities by connecting them with local businesses. The business sells vouchers through the Cork Cares website, with a proportion of each sale going to a local charity.
16. Robert Kerley: Robert is a 2015 Quercus University Scholar. The former pupil of Ardscoil Rís in Limerick completed a Physiology Degree in Trinity College Dublin before coming to UCC to study Graduate Entry Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. Robert is a previous winner of The Christopher Bell Prize 2013, awarded by the Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin having achieved the highest aggregate mark across all modules in his final year. Robert won Best Performance in the Physiology viva voce Examination 2013 based on a project presentation and oral exam on general physiology. He also won the Undergraduate Prize for Physiology 2013, based on his final year dissertation and coursework, and in 2014 had two publications in Frontiers in Neuroscience 2014. Robert was awarded UCC College Scholar 2013 and his outstanding examination results in 2nd year helped him to secure the Quercus University Scholarship. Through his involvement with UCC's Surgical Society Robert has worked on a collaborative research audit to identify variation in outcome of emergency intra-abdominal surgery in Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital. Robert found that working with his peers and the ENT surgeons to improve clinical practice was extremely rewarding and has given him a great deal of confidence while transitioning his research efforts from Physiology to Medicine.
17. John Power: John (pictured below) is a 2015 Quercus Sports' Scholar. He is absent from the photo because he had to prepare for the All-Ireland hurling final, which took place two days later. John is a former pupil of of St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny and studied Arts in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science. Since a young age John has shown distinction in a number of sports including, handball, soccer, football and hurling. However, it was his achievements in the field of hurling that helped to secure the Quercus Sports' Scolarship. John is part of the Kilkenny Senior hurling squad that won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 2014 and 2015. John is also an integral part of his club Carrickshock and hopes to help them become Kilkenny senior hurling champions. He also played Fitzgibbon Cup hurling with UCC. John graduated from UCC in October 2016.
2014 Quercus Scholars
1. Liadan Sage, 2. Ben O'Callaghan, 3. Ellen Ní Fhlanagáin, 4. Eanna Clifford, 5. Clare Keaveny Jimenez, 6. Ciara O'Connell, 7. Amy O'Connor, 8. Clodagh Moloney, 9. Lorcan Hickey, 10. Roisin Fox, 11. Jack Casey, 12. Jacqui Walsh, 13. Marie Martin, 14. David Calnan, 15. Fionn Lyden, 16. Edmond Morrissey, 17. Shane O'Donnell, 18. Conor Dorman, 19. Joanne O'Riordan, 20. Mairead Carey, 21. Aina Hanissa. 22. George O'Mahony (not in photo)
1. Liadán Sage: Liadán is a 2014 Quercus University Scholar. A former pupil of Bandon Grammer School, Liadán is studying Arts International (Spanish and German) in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. In 2013/2014 Liadán won a Quercus Entrance Scholarship to UCC based on her impressive leaving cert results. In 2014 Liadán received three National University of Ireland (NUI) Awards for Italian, Irish and German and in 2015 was the highest academic achiever in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Liadán spent 2015/16 academic year in Germany studying in the University of Leipzig. As well as being an exceptional academic achiever Liadán also enjoys music and plays harp, piano and bodhrán, often for events at UCC. Liadán is very socially active in the college and was first year rep for the German Society, is a founding member of the BA International Society and is also active in the Hispanic, Irish, Choral and Trad Societies. Liadán aims to find ways of fusing language, culture and artisitic endeavour in new and creative ways.
2. Ben O'Callaghan: Ben is a 2014 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. He is a former student of Presentation Brothers College and is studying Arts with Music in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Ben has placed highly in a number of Battle of the Bands competitions in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He is very much focused on digital music production and composition and has made a name for himself in the electronic dance music market. Ben markets himself under the Arkadium Brand and is signed to eight international labels in the music industry, including SampleStar, Function Loops and FoxSamples. His contracts with these labels are for both full original productions and sample packs which are used by other music producers across the globe. Ben's grasp and understanding of modern electronic music, coupled with his dedication, will see him have a bright future in the music industry.
3. Ellen Ní Fhlanagáin: Ellen is a 2014 Quercus University Scholar. Ellen, who attended secondary school in Cólaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, chose to study Law and French in the College of Business and Law. Ellen was second year representative of the UCC Law Society and the Intervarsity Convener for the UCC Philosophical society. Ellen is an experienced debater with both societies, and has judged at the European Debating Championships in Croatia. During her third year she studied abroad in Strasbourg, focusing on French legal philosophy and international law. She also interned with Irish MEP Deirdre Clune in the European Parliament. Ellen speaks French and Irish and dabbles in Italian and Japanese. Her research interests includes Criminology, Human Rights and Feminism.
4. Eanna Clifford: Eanna is a 2014 Quercus University Scholar. A former pupil of Christian Brothers College, Eanna chose to study Graduate Entry Medicine. Before studying medicine Eanna worked as a physiotherapist and believes that this has helped him develop as a person and has given him a holistic view of healthcare. He was awarded the Graduate Entry to Medicine First Year Prize 2012/2013 and was nominated for the Henry Hutchinson Stewart Scholarship in Pharmacology in 2013. Eanna's outstanding examination results in second year Graduate Entry Medicine helped to secure the Quercus University Scholarship. His long term goal is to work in Paediatrics and he has worked on a number of neonatal studies including the BiHive Study in CUMH, studying neonatal brain injury. Eanna plans to continue to develop his research skills during his studies and beyond. He believes that medical education by no means ends after graduation, and he intends to carry his current work ethic and commitment to learning into his clincal career, building on everything he has learned during his time in UCC. Eanna graduated from UCC in the summer of 2016.
5. Clare Keaveny Jimenez: Clare is a 2014 Quercus Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. She is a former student of Scoil Mhuire and studies Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. Her passion for exploring new ideas began in secondary school when she combined her love of playing the violin and the global need for renewable energy. Clare, as a member of Cork Youth Orchestra, was always intrigued by the energy produced by the pressing of musicians' fingers on the instrument fingerboards. Curious to establish whether this effect could be leveraged in some way to positively impact on the global energy problem, Clare began work on "The Energy of an Orchestra - from notes to volts". Using piezoelectric technology Clare harvested enough energy, generated by the musicians playing, to satisfy the lighting requirements of an entire orchestral rehearsal. For this project she was awarded the Overall Prize at CIT Scifest 2012 and also gained international recognition when she was invited to Berlin's "Long Night of Science". Clare proceeded to develop her idea and presented it at the Scifest@Intel National Final, where she was awarded the Excellence in STEM Award, and was selected as a finalist at the 2014 BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2014. Clare hopes to specialise in anaesthetics where both her passion for patient welfare and her compassionate nature will help to guide her patients through their most unnerving hours. Since her first year in college she has been involved in new research into innovative anaesthetic techniques with the Department of Anaesthesia of Cork University Hospital, here she has contributed much data which has informed clinical practice change. She has presented her research at various national conferences. During summer 2016, Clare was accepted to a clinical elective in San Francisco where she worked in leading medical centres with anaesthetic and surgical practices at the forefront of medical innovation. Clare is involved in ongoing research in CUH and UCC ASSERT Centre and is the current Chairperson for UCC Friends of Doctors Without Borders Society.
6. Ciara O'Connell: Ciara is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. A former pupil of Mount Mercy College, Ciara is studying Nutritional Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Ciara plays soccer and has numberous sporting nominations and achievements to her name: she was nominated for the Bus Éireann Women's National League' Young Player of the Year; was given the role of vice-captain of the Irish U19s; received player of the match against Serbia, Austria and the Netherlands at U19 international level; and helped Wilton FC to WFAI Intermediate cup victory. Ciara was selected as part of the Team Ireland Women's Football squad for the World University Games 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea. Ciara is a great asset to the UCC soccer team at Intervarsity competitions and college matches. As captain Ciara has proved to be both compassionate and empathic and this translates to her dealings with people in general and not just her team-mates.
7. Amy O' Connor: Amy is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Amy attended St. Vincent's Secondary School and is studying Pharmacy in the College of Medicine and Health. Amy has played Gaelic Football with Cork, Camogie with Cork and Soccer with Ireland. She has played over 50 times for the Irish Soccer Team through various age groups and was part of the 2014 side which reached the European Championships semi-final, scoring four goals during the qualifying campaign. This team was also named FAI team of the year in 2015. Amy captained the Irish Schools team in 2010. In 2015 I was recognized with a Speciall Achievement award at the Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star award. She currently plays camogie with the Cork Senior Camogie team and have won three all Ireland Senior medals. She has been named on the Third Level Colleges Soccer Team of the Year in 2015 and 2017 and was also named as a Third Level Camogie Colleges All Star in 2016. Amy was selected as the overall winner of the Littlewoods Camogie Style of Play award in 2017 and was named on the RTE Sunday Game Camogie team of the Year in 2017. She is currently an ambassador for the camogie association as part of their #raisethebar campaign and was also an ambassador for their 'our game, your game' campaign in 2016.
8. Clodagh Moloney: Clodagh is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. A former student of Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick, Clodagh studies Speech and Language Therapy in the College of Medicine and Health. Clodagh plays hockey to a very high standard. She has played in three Women's Division 1 Munster Senior Cup Finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and has been victorious in all off these. She captained Munster U16s in the 2011/2012 season and captained Munster U18s in the 2013/2014 season. She was also the vice-captain of the Irish International U16s team for the European Championship in Valencia, Spain, in July 2012. Clodagh also plays hockey with the UCC hockey team. Clodagh's ultimate ambition is to be part of the Irish Women's Hockey team that will hopefully compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
9. Lorcan Hickey: Lorcan is a 2014 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar. Lorcan attended secondary school at Christian Brothers College and studied Biological and Chemical Sciences in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. When he was in his second year at UCC Lorcan was selected to join the Air Corp and fulfil a lifetime ambition to learn to fly. As an active citizenship scholar Lorcan had already proven his dedication to the protection of people as a member of the Kinsale R.N.L.I crew and as a Cork County Council Beach Lifeguard.
10. Roisin Fox: Roisin is a 2014 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar. A former pupil of Regina Mundi College, Roisin chose to study Food Marketing and Entrepreneruship in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Roisin is a co-founder of the nationwide Cycle Against Suicide campaign and holds the position of Student Leader Ambassador and Social Media Executive to date. Roisin also acted as co-founder and chief organiser of the Cycle Against Suicide Leaders' Congress, held in the RDS in January 2014. Roisin is very proud of the effort which saw over 4,000 students fill the RDS and receive an education on the awareness and importance of positive mental health. She is a vigorous mental health advocate in UCC and held the postion of UCC Students' Union Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Officer for the 2015/2016 year.
11. Jack Casey: Jack is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Formerly a student of Christian Brothers College, Jack studies Arts in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, His subjects are Sociology and Psychology. Jack has rowed for Ireland on a number of occasions including the Coupe de la Jeunese and the Junior World Rowing Championships. He also proudly wears the UCC colours when he rows for the UCC rowing team. In 2016 Jack won the U23s indoor rowing championship and was selected for the Irish men's quad to compete at the U23s World Rowing Championships in Rotherdam, where they placed 12th in the world. Jack is dedicated, competitive, ambitious and a naturally talented rower but he is also unfailingly courteous and friendly. Jack's ultimate aim is to row for Ireland in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
12. Jacqui Walsh: Jacqui is a 2014 Active Citizenship Scholar. A former pupil of Davis College in Mallow, Jacqui studies Arts (International) in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Jacqui was involved with the establishment of the National Missing Persons Day (NMPD), an annual day, each December, that highlights the importance of mainitaining hope when loved ones are missing. Jacqui presented the campaign idea to the President, Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtarán, and proposed planting an oak tree in the President's garden as a symbol of enduring hope for the families of the missing. Jacqui helped to organise and launch the 'Forget me Not' Calendar which raised proceeds to fund searches for missing persons. For Jacqui it is important that the families have ownership of this campaign and control of NMPD strategy lies in the hands of the families involved. Jacqui is resilient, passionate and has an enduring spirit and she will no doubt be a guilding light for many families in their times of greatest need.
13. Marie Martin: Marie is a 2014 Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. Hailing from Kerry and a former pupil of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle, Marie studies Commerce in the College of Business and Law. Marie created a product called 'Safe Scrub Sprayer' which encouraged health and safety in agriculture. Marie pitched this idea at the Young Entrepreneur Programme Awards in May 2011 to over 1,000 attendees and claimed the overall prize as Young Entrepreneur of the Year. She was one of the winners of TV3's Every Job Counts ran by the Minister of Children and Affairs and won Most Enterprising Student 2013 in the Kerry Enterprise Competition. in 2016 Marie was announced the winner of the Irish Student Entrepreneurial Forum in Croke Park, and won UCC Entrepreneur of the Year award. Marie's future plans for 'Safe Scrub Sprayer' involve more intensively tapping into the UK, European and American Markets and hopefully going global.
14. David Calnan: David is a 2014 Innovation/Entrepreneurship Scholar. A former pupil of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, David studies Commerce in the College of Business and Law. He bagan organising underage, alcohol free, music gigs in Cork in June 2011. These gigs ran monthly and included a 4-month long Battle of the Bands competition with corporate sponsorship. David was commissioned by Cork City Council, in August 2012, to run a series of gigs in the City Hall to provide teenagers with affordable, non-alcoholic, entertainment at weekends. David and his business partner secured an almost 5 year lease on the Kino in Washington Street and successfully navigated the certification and licensing laws to open a multi-purpose arts venue and cafe on the site. David was one of a group of UCC students who established Cork Cares, an social exterprise which aims to generate a regular income stream for local charities by connecting them with local businesses. The business sells vouchers through the Cork Cares website, with a profit of each sale going to a local charity.
15. Fionn Lyden: Fionn is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Fionn is a former student of Schull Community College and studies Civil Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Fionn received his Quercus Sports' Scholarship because of his excellence as a sailor. He has been ISA All Ireland Junior Helmsman Champion, Europa Cup (Senior) Laser Radial champion and he competed in the Laser (Senior) Radial World Championships where he was 6th in the U21s, 8th in the Europeans and 10th in the worlds. He competed in the Copa Brazil De Vela in Rio and also competed at the Vallerta Laser Stardard Men's Championship 2016 in Mexico. Fionn loyal to both crew and college, and through his will and determination will succeed both inside and outside the boat. He is on track to represent Ireland in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
16. Edmond Morrissey: Edmond is a 2014 Quercus University Scholar. Formerly a pupil of High School CBS in Clonmel, Edmond chose to study Medicine in the College of Medicine and Health. Since coming to college Edmond has received several academic awards. He was awarded as UCC Entrance Scholarship, a Quercus College Scholarship (College of Medicine and Health), the Charles medal for Anatomy, the MacConaill prize for Anatomy, the Edward Gurr prize for Histology, the John Smith Book prize, the Clinical Pharmacology prize (British Pharmacoligical Society), the Henry Hutchinson Stewart prize for Pathology (NUI), second place Henry Hutchineson Stewart prize for Anatomy (NUI), and was nominated for the Henry Hutchinson Stewart prizes in Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Anaesthetics (NUI). In addition to his academic interests he is also heavily involved in societies in UCC. He was a committee member and finance officer for UCC friends of MSF and Education rep for UCC medical society. In the summer of 2016 he was one of 24 UCC students who raised €119,000 as part of UCC's Surgeon Noonan Society. As part of his involvement with UCC's Surgeon Noonan Society he volunteered for four weeks in St. Luke's Missionary Hospital in rural Zambia. He is also interested in sport and was a competitive member of Clonmel Rowing Club during secondary school and he enjoys staying active while using the amenities in the Mardyke Arena.
17: Shane O' Donnell: Shane is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. Shane is from Clare and he graduated from the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, where he studied Genetics, in 2016. Shane was a member of the Clare U15s, U16s, U18S and U21s Hurling teams and he is now a permanent member of the Clare Senior Hurling team. He has two U21 All-Ireland medals. In one of his most memorable performances Shane scored 3 goals and 3 points in the All-Ireland Hurling Final (Replay) in front of 82,000 spectators in Croke Park. Clare not only went on to win that All-Ireland, against Cork, but Shane also went on to become Man of the Match. Shane is now a PhD student in 2017.
18. Conor Dorman: Conor is a 2014 Quercus Sports' Scholar. He is a former student of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, and he graduated from the College of Science, Enginnering and Food Science in 2016 where he studied Energy Engineering. Conor was captain of the U21s Cork Football team for the 2014 season and became a Cork Senior panellist in 2014. He also played Sigerson Cup Football with UCC and was named man of the match when UCC won the Sigerson Cup final in 2014.
19. Joanne O'Riordan: Joanne is a 2014 Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar. A former pupil of Millstreet Community School, Joanne studies Criminology in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Joanne is a motivational speaker, going around to schools, functions and events she speaks vehemently on various topics but most specifically on how not to let anything, including disability, get in the way of rights and dreams. Joanne has used technology to enhance both her education and to aid in her wider social environment. Joanne has spoken at the UN headquarters in New York City, where she made an inspirational call to women to become more involved in technology as a career. Joanne impressed global leaders, EU commissioners, ambassadors and secretary-generals alike, so much so that there were queues of dignitaries requesting to speak with her afterwards. In 2012 she won Young Person of the Year and in 2015 she was named as Junior Chamber International (JCI) Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In 2016 Joanne marshalled the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin. Joanne leads the way for those who feel they have no voice, and shows everybody, no matter what their obsticles, that their dreams are not beyond reach.
20. Mairéad Carey: Mairead is a 2014 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. Mairéad, a former pupil of Mercy Heights in Skibbereen, graduated from the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science in 2015 with a first class honours BA degree in Irish and Music. She recently completed a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology in which she received first class honours. Mairéad is an Irish traditional musician and composer who plays the fiddle, tin whistle, piano, and flute. She has won numerous prizes at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, among them three All-Ireland titles, including the Senior All-Ireland Flute Slow Airs title in 2014. In 2013, she was elected as chairperson of the UCC Traditional Music Society. She began her undergraduate career with an Entrance Scholarship for achieving over 600 points in her leaving certificate, and went on to achieve the title of University College Scholar of the Year in Arts/Music (First Year) in 2013, the title of College Scholar in 2014 and 2015, was Highly Commended in the Undergraduate Awards, won the UCC Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann award and then won her Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. She is currently working with Music Generation, Tradtime and Comhaltas as a music tutor. She is a beautiful musician and her playing brings joy and inspiration to all who listen.
21. Aina Hanissa: Aina is a 2014 Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. A former pupil of Regina Mundi College, Aina studies Law (International) in the College of Business and Law. Aina is currently on a study year in Canada as a component of her degree. Aina studies piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin with Dr. John O'Connor and Dr. Therese Fahy. Apart from piano, she also studies harpsichord, organ and violin. When not performing as a soloist she also performs in chamber music groups and was a member of the Cork Youth Orchestra for many years. Since starting at UCC Aina has been heavily involved in debating with UCC Law Society, most recently winning the Helsinki Open in 2016. This year she will be participating at the Harvard World Model United Nations as a delegate in March 2017.
22. George O'Mahony: George (pictured below) is a 2014 Quercus University Scholar. A former student of Coachford College, George chose to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. As well as being a University Scholar George, who received maximum points in his leaving certificate, was also an Entrance Scholar. George is a academically gifted and received first class honours in all four years of college. He received his Quercus University Scholarship for his outstanding second year results. George was part of the team that won the 2014 UCC Biomedical Design Award, otherwise known as the Burke Cup. He received the Cork Region of Engineers Ireland Award and the Cork Electronic Industry Association (CEIA) award for being the top graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2015. George graduated number one in his class and was Graduate of the Year in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science 2015. He will be starting his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in January 2017. Academia is not the only thing that quantifies George's life, he also enjoys sports and has many trophies with Muskerry RFC, most notably the Munster Junior League Division 2 title in 2013 and the All-Ireland Junior Cup in 2015.