The Downey Prize

At a glance

  • Value: €750
  • You must be a current UCC Student to be eligible for this prize
  • Questions about this prize can be directed to


A fund of €267 was raised by the colleagues and friends of the late Mr. Joseph Downey, who was Secretary and Bursar of University College Cork from 1912 to 1944, and handed over to the Governing Body for the provision of an annual book prize, to be known as "The Downey Prize".


The prize (currently valued at c. €750) is awarded on the results of the Summer BComm (Hons) Degree Examination, provided:

1. The Academic Council considers that a sufficiently high standard has been attained.
2. The successful candidate has been a student in University College Cork, for the four years immediately preceding the examination.
3. He/she had not passed the First University Examination in Commerce more than three years before the BComm (Hons) Degree Examination is taken.


*Note: These awards are funded from endowments made by the respective donors to the University for awards to be made in perpetuity. The funds donated are invested, and the annual income is the amount available for the award. Due to fluctuation in the investment market, the amounts available from year to year may vary, upwards and downwards; for this reason, the value of any award referred to in this section is indicative only, and may be higher or lower when the amount of the award is completed.

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