Spotlight 2017

  • Ross Frenett, is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE

    26 Jun 2017
    Ross Frenett, is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE

    Ross Frenett is the Co-Founder and Director of Moonshot CVE, a company which aims to use the power of technology to counter violent extremism. Prior to this Ross managed the Against Violent Extremism Network. Ross talks to us about his college days and how the skills he developed in the UCC Philosophical Society help him in his working life.

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  • Breffney O’Dowling-Keane - Food Scientist, Chef and Blogger

    19 Jun 2017
    Breffney O’Dowling-Keane -  Food Scientist, Chef and Blogger

    Breffney O’Dowling-Keane is a food scientist, chef and blogger. She is the creator of FruitCubed - an innovative product which blends fruit and vegetables into handy ready-to-eat cubes. Breffney talks to us about her time at UCC and how studying Food Science shaped her career path.

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  • Ann Cleare - Composer

    12 Jun 2017
    Ann  Cleare - Composer

    Ann Cleare is a composer working in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments and hybrid instrumental design. She also lectures in composition at the University of York. Her work has been presented by broadcasters such as the BBC and RTE and she recently featured in the New York Times in advance of her inclusion in the Composer Portraits series at Columbia University.

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  • John Doherty - Ultimate Frisbee Professional

    29 May 2017
    John Doherty - Ultimate Frisbee Professional

    UCC alum, John Doherty recently became the first Irish person to sign for a professional Ultimate Frisbee team when he joined the Seattle Cascades. As John embarks on an exciting season on the U.S. circuit he looks back at his time at UCC and how joining the Ultimate Club changed his life.

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  • Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

    03 Jul 2017
    Jill Downey - Managing Partner, Livewire

    Jill Downey is the Managing Partner at the sponsorship agency, Livewire. She is a board member and director of Core Media and former Deputy MD of media agency, Starcom. Her experience in the media industry included acting as strategic advisor to brands such as AIB, An Post, Musgraves, INM and Emirates. Jill talks to us about how a BSc in Cellular Physiology led to a career in advertising!

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  • Nadine O'Regan - Arts Editor at the Sunday Business Post

    06 Feb 2017
    Nadine O'Regan - Arts Editor at the Sunday Business Post

    Nadine O'Regan is Arts Editor with The Sunday Business Post. She presents Songs in the Key of Life on Today FM every Sunday from 9.00pm.

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  • Becky Walsh - Editor - Booker Prize nominated novel

    14 Aug 2017
    Becky Walsh - Editor - Booker Prize nominated novel

    Becky Walsh is an Assistant Editor at John Murray Publishers, London. Her first acquisition ‘Elmet’ by Fiona Mozley has been long-listed for The Man Booker Prize. Becky talks to us about the friends she made in UCC and how her degree led to a career in publishing.

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  • Dr Patrick Cotter - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    25 Sep 2017
    Dr Patrick Cotter - Advanced Nurse Practitioner

    Patrick Cotter is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the Emergency Department, Cork University Hospital and lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing at UCC. He has worked and taught in Emergency Nursing since the late 1990’s and was central to the development of the first Advanced Nursing Practice post in the Cork/Kerry region. Patrick talks to us about how his student days at UCC shaped his career.

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  • Rob Moloney - Composer, Sound Engineer and Lighting Designer

    24 Jul 2017
    Rob Moloney - Composer, Sound Engineer and Lighting Designer

    Rob Moloney is a composer, sound engineer and lighting designer. He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award in 2014 for his design on Painted Bird's show ‘Between Trees and Water’. His work with THEATREclub led him to explore socio-political issues culminating in a move to Greece to volunteer in a refugee camp, Lesvos Solidarity - Pikpa. Rob describes how his time at UCC developed his interest in theatre, music, politics and social justice.

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  • Ellen Desmond - Co-founder Monstrous Regiment, a publishing collective

    02 Oct 2017
    Ellen Desmond - Co-founder Monstrous Regiment, a publishing collective

    Former Motley Editor, Ellen Desmond, moved to Scotland to pursue a Masters in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University which led to her starting a publishing collective called Monstrous Regiment with a fellow Napier graduate. Their first project is an anthology of essays and personal stories about bisexuality called ‘The Bi-ble: An Anthology of Essays on Bisexuality’. 

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  • Niall Connolly -Singer-Songwriter

    18 Sep 2017
    Niall Connolly -Singer-Songwriter

    Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly returns to Ireland to embark on a 17-date tour where he will perform songs from his new album 'Dream Your Way Out of This One'. Niall is accompanied by musicians who have performed with the likes of Leonard Cohen, REM and Glen Hansard. The band will play Coughlan’s, Cork on 29 September. Niall talks to us about his time at UCC and how the Live Music Society introduced him to the music business.

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  • Colin Wong - Kayaker

    11 Apr 2017
    Colin Wong - Kayaker

    Colin Wong recently completed a 2,000 kilometre, 70-day kayaking trip across the Persian Gulf. Colin’s passion for kayaking has led him to paddle his way round the world including down the Zambezi River in Africa. Along with kayaking competitively, Colin has worked extensively in outdoor education and hopes to encourage more people in Cork to try the sport.

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  • Eoin French - Musician

    24 Apr 2017
    Eoin French - Musician

    Musician Eoin French creates his own haunting brand of electronica under the name Talos. His second single was featured in the ABC TV show ‘Guilt’ and he recently released his debut album ‘Wild Alee’ while embarking on a series of gigs around Ireland. An architecture graduate, Eoin now teaches in the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE). He talks to us about his time at UCC and how a background in architecture helps shapes his unique sound.

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  • Emerald de Leeuw - CEO, EuroComply

    03 Apr 2017
    Emerald de Leeuw - CEO, EuroComply

    Emerald de Leeuw is the CEO of EuroComply, a software company that helps companies manage their Data Protection compliance. She was recently named European Innovator of the Year 2017 by the European Commission, Parliament and EYIF in Brussels. Emerald is also a lecturer in Technology and Data Protection Law with the Law Society of Ireland.

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  • Rose Servitova - Award-Winning Writer

    22 May 2017
    Rose Servitova - Award-Winning Writer

    Rose Servitova is an award-winning writer (as well as working as a job coach for people with disabilities). She is curating Jane Austen 200 - Limerick - a celebration of all things Georgian through theatre, screen, regency fashion, literature, architecture and music which is running from July to December 2017 Her book, The Longbourn Letters – The Correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet was published in April and can be purchased in paperback or Kindle at http://amzn.to/2l32hfv and from a number of bookshops.

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  • Ciara Crossan - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

    13 Feb 2017
    Ciara Crossan - Founder of Weddingdates.ie

    Ciara Crossan, is the founder of Weddingdates.ie, a website which enables couples to book their wedding venue online. The company works with top venues throughout Ireland and the UK and to drive wedding revenue. Ciara is a regular speaker at conferences and events and was shortlisted as ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur‘ in the UK Women 1st SHINE Awards in 2013.

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  • Orla Egan - Author and Creator of the Cork LGBT Archive

    28 Mar 2017
    Orla Egan - Author and Creator of the Cork LGBT Archive

    Orla Egan has been actively involved in the Cork LGBT community since the 1980's. She created the Cork LGBT Archive which aims to preserve and share the history of Cork’s LGBT community and recently won an award from The Heritage Council for her work. Orla is author of the book ‘Queer Republic of Cork’, available now in the Quay Co-op, Waterstones and Liam Russell’s Bookshop and online

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  • Paul Moore - Co-founder, Rebel Chilli

    18 Apr 2017
    Paul Moore - Co-founder, Rebel Chilli

    Paul Moore set up the Rebel Chilli sauce brand while studying BIS at UCC. The spicy condiments are now stocked in over 300 stores across Ireland and the award winning company recently expanded its market into the UK and Dubai. Paul and his team have ambitious plans for development and recently added hot new additions to the range including Chillionaire, a five-chilli-rated sauce. Paul talks to us about how he balanced student life with managing a budding start-up.

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  • Tanya Ward - Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance

    15 May 2017
    Tanya Ward - Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance

    Tanya Ward is the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance. She played a major role in the Children’s Referendum of 2012 and was also a former Vice President for the International Federation of Human Rights. She has a keen interest in international human rights monitoring and lectures widely on the topic. Tanya speaks to us about her time at UCC and how the Geography Department, UCC played an important role in shaping her career.

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  • Dominic MacHale - Actor

    20 Feb 2017
    Dominic MacHale - Actor

    Dominic MacHale began his acting career with the UCC Dramat while studying at UCC. He has worked extensively in theatre and on screen and recently wowed audiences with his turn as a crazed Garda in 'The Young Offenders' and his powerful portrayal of Michael Collins in 'A Great Arrangement'.

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  • Alison Donnelly - Rugby Coach & Deputy Spokesperson to the British PM

    21 Aug 2017
    Alison Donnelly - Rugby Coach & Deputy Spokesperson to the British PM

    Ali Donnelly is heavily involved in rugby as a coach and advocate and runs the award winning women's rugby website www.ScrumQueens.com. She is the Deputy Spokesperson to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May and runs the Downing Street Press Office. She began her career as a journalist for the Evening Echo in Cork, and has also worked for the BBC and HM Treasury.

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  • Aoife Miskelly - Soprano

    31 Jul 2017
    Aoife Miskelly - Soprano

    Aoife Miskelly is a Northern Irish soprano who completed a BMus at UCC before training at the Royal Academy Opera as a Sickle Foundation Scholar. Her career as a full time opera singer has seen her perform in The Royal Opera House Muscat (as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady), the Cologne Opera House, Aix-en-Provence Festival and in the UK and Ireland. Aoife looks back on her time at UCC and how she went from singing in the Honan Chapel to performing on the world’s greatest stages.

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  • Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

    13 Mar 2017
    Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

    Rosaleen Crowley is a poet and artist, based in Indiana, USA. Rosaleen reminisces about her time at UCC and how it ignited her love of poetry.

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  • Victoria Shorten - Owner, One Lifestyle Management

    11 Sep 2017
    Victoria Shorten - Owner, One Lifestyle Management

    Victoria Shorten lives in Miami, Florida and is the owner of One Lifestyle Management a luxury lifestyle company specializing in looking after pro athletes worldwide. She is the owner of VSL Jewelry, a jewellery company that has designed for stars such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and many more. Victoria is married to Jason Randolph and has a 1 year old son, Jack Buckley Randolph.

     

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  • Geraldine O'Brien - Nursing

    29 Aug 2017
    Geraldine O'Brien - Nursing

    Geraldine O'Brien was born in Waterford and returned to college as a mature student at the age of 30 to complete the BSc Honours Degree in General Nursing in 2016. Since then she has travelled to Uganda three times as a volunteer nurse and currently works in the renowned Kings College Hospital in London as a staff nurse on a surgical ward that specializes in colorectal, urology and bariatric surgery. 

     

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  • Aidan Murphy - Co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery

    04 Sep 2017
    Aidan Murphy - Co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery

    Aidan Murphy is co-founder of Galway Hooker Brewery, one of Ireland’s leading craft breweries. The company has expanded into a new state of the art brewery last year and is now developing its next growth phase through targeted export markets. Aidan talks to us about his college days and how his time at UCC helped him to start a successful business.

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  • Sujitra Youngme - Professor of Organic Chemistry

    06 Mar 2017
    Sujitra Youngme - Professor of Organic Chemistry

    An inspirational woman who was one of the first Thai students to study at UCC. Meet Sujitra Youngme, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

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  • Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

    27 Feb 2017
    Sinead Kane - First blind athlete to complete World Marathon challenge

    Sinead Kane is a keynote speaker, visually impaired athlete, record holder, brand ambassador to Allianz Ireland, qualified solicitor, writer with the Irish Criminal Law Journal and PhD researcher. Sinead recently became the first blind person to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days and she has just completed a 24 hour endurance race in Finland.

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  • Laurence O' Rourke - Eurpoean Space Agency (ESA)

    23 Jan 2017
    Laurence O' Rourke - Eurpoean Space Agency (ESA)

    UCC alum, Laurence O’Rourke, is making his mark on European space exploration working as a Science Operations Co-ordinator with the Rosetta Mission. He even has an asteroid named in his honour. Laurence tells us how his time at UCC led to an exciting career with the ESA.

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  • Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

    02 May 2017
    Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

    Julie Kelleher is Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, with responsibility for artistic strategy and programming. She has directed works for the Everyman stage including plays by Brian Friel and David Greig. She has also worked as a freelance producer, performer and vocalist and was a member of the BrokenCrow Creative Ensemble. Julie talks to us about her memories of UCC and how she treaded the boards at the Granary Theatre.

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  • Prof J Calvin Coffey - Chair of Surgery, UL

    30 Jan 2017
    Prof J Calvin Coffey - Chair of Surgery, UL

    Prof. Calvin Coffey made global headlines when he and his team identified the mesentery as a new human organ. His findings were published in the Lancet and medical students are now being taught that the mesentery is a distinct organ. Gray’s Anatomy has even been updated to include the new description of the mesentery. Prof. Coffey tells us how his time studying Anatomy at UCC led him to this exciting discovery.

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  • Alumni of the Week - Ross O’Dwyer and Richard Barrett, Founders of Pundit Arena

    16 Jan 2017
    Alumni of the Week - Ross O’Dwyer and Richard Barrett, Founders of Pundit Arena

    UCC alumni, Ross O’Dwyer and Richard Barrett are the founders of Pundit Arena. The ambitious pair met on the UCC IGNITE programme and went on to create Pundit Arena, a sports media website powered by articulate fans, and aspiring and experienced sports journalists.

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  • Sarah Dineen - Founder of Amplify Digital Conference

    17 Jul 2017
    Sarah Dineen - Founder of Amplify Digital Conference

    Sarah Dineen is the founder of Amplify Digital Conference, Ireland’s Largest Digital Marketing Conference which takes place in Cork on 27 and 28 July. She is the owner of the digital marketing firm SocialQue and set-up her first business Uniwink, with the support of Ignite UCC. Sarah talks us to us about her time in UCC and rolling in the grass on the quad!

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  • Rebecca Murphy - Education & Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw

    10 Jul 2017
    Rebecca Murphy - Education & Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw

    Rebecca Murphy is the Education and Training Co-ordinator at Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Prior to this she worked as UCC’s Peer Assisted Student Support Co-ordinator.  She has a strong background in student politics serving as Welfare Officer in UCC Students' Union and Welfare Officer in Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Rebecca looks back on her student days and the skills she developed in college.

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  • Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

    20 Mar 2017
    Marc O’Reilly - Singer & Songwriter

    Marc O’Reilly is a Medicine graduate turned singer-songwriter who is garnering critical acclaim in the music press. Marc’s sound blends folk, blues and roots alongside well-crafted lyrics making him one of the most exciting artists on the scene today. 

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  • Shaun O’Connor - Filmmaker

    09 Oct 2017
    Shaun O’Connor - Filmmaker

    Award-winning filmmaker, Shaun O’Connor, has just launched his first photography exhibition, ‘Personal Space: Travels in India’ which chronicles five months’ solo travel in India, all shot on a mobile phone. Shaun’s short films have won awards at the Corona Cork Film Festival and DC Shorts among others. His work has been screened on RTE and he has directed and edited music videos for the likes of Julie Feeney and Declan Sinnott. ‘Personal Space: Travels In India’ is currently showing in St. Peters, North Main Street and continues until 30th October.

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  • David O’Connor - Conservation Ecologist at San Diego Zoo

    08 May 2017
    David O’Connor - Conservation Ecologist at San Diego Zoo

    David O’Connor is a community-based conservation ecologist based at San Diego Zoo. He travels the globe working on projects such as giraffe conservation and combating the illegal trade in animal parts. David talks to us about his time at UCC and how finding a book in the Boole library led him to a career in wildlife conservation.

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  • Paul O'Dwyer - Dental Surgeon

    17 Oct 2017
    Paul O'Dwyer - Dental Surgeon

    Paul O’Dwyer is a Dental Surgeon, and Group Clinical Advisor for Dental Care Ireland, a new Irish-owned network of established dental practices nationwide. He is also a part-time guest lecturer at the Institute of Leadership in the Royal College of Surgeons, and is a regular media commentator on oral health issues. Paul looks back fondly on his college days and gives some advice to today’s students!

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  • Elizabeth Reapy - Author

    23 Oct 2017
    Elizabeth Reapy - Author

    Mayo author, Elizabeth Reapy’s first novel ‘Red Dirt’ was the winner of this year’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The novel tells the story of three young Irish people who emigrate to Australia, each hoping for redemption in the arid Australian landscape. Elizabeth talks to us about her time at UCC training to become a teacher and how it helped her pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

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  • Alex Petcu - Percussionist

    31 Oct 2017
    Alex Petcu - Percussionist

    Alex Petcu is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. He featured as a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and was named as the National Concert Hall’s Rising Star recitalist. 

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  • Dr Lynda Coughlan - Postdoctoral Fellow, New York

    20 Nov 2017
     Dr Lynda Coughlan - Postdoctoral Fellow, New York

    Dr Lynda Coughlan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. Her research focuses on developing improved vaccines for influenza. Dr. Coughlan has recently been named as the 2017 recipient of the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Nell Mondy and Monique Braude Fellowship. She is one of just six women chosen by GWIS in the USA/Internationally this year for the prestigious honour. Lynda reminisces about her college days and her time in the Microbiology Department.

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  • Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews

    13 Nov 2017
    Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews

    Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and other events internationally, from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. His new book ‘The Ascent’ looks at the rise of Irish cycling’s Golden Generation which included the likes of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche. Barry talks to us about his college days and gives his advice to students looking to break into journalism.

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  • Michelle Fox- Actress

    06 Nov 2017
    Michelle Fox- Actress

    Drama and Theatre Studies alum, Michelle Fox, is getting rave reviews for her role in BBC Three’s dark new drama, Overshadowed, the story of a teenage girl who shares her life through a series of online vlogs. The Limerick actress has just been cast as a series regular in the popular BBC Casualty as well as filming a new show alongside Hugh Grant. Michelle looks back at her time at UCC and how she went from treading the boards in the Granary Theatre to starring on the small screen.

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  • Dave McDonald - CEO, Nova Broadband

    27 Nov 2017
    Dave McDonald - CEO, Nova Broadband

    Dave McDonald is the founder and CEO of Nova Broadband, the Cork-based internet provider serving Munster and beyond. The company is rapidly expanding and has grown from a small start-up to a major player in Ireland’s telecommunications industry. Dave talks to us about his time studying Computer Science and how UCC helped him develop as a person.

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  • Kevin McMullan - European Space Agency

    11 Dec 2017
    Kevin McMullan - European Space Agency

    Kevin McMullan works for the European Space Agency (ESA) where he led the team responsible for preparing the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite for its launch into orbit. Kevin joined the ESA in 1983 as Calibration Engineer for the Radar Altimeter (RA) Instrument on-board the European Remote Sensing Satellite (ERS-1). He subsequently went on to work on a number of significant satellite programmes with the ESA. Kevin talks to us about how his degree in Electrical Engineering led to a career in the area of space exploration!

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  • Dr Alison O’Mahony - Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX,

    04 Dec 2017
    Dr Alison O’Mahony - Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX,

    Dr Alison O’Mahony is Vice President for Research Biology at Eurofins DiscoverX, San Francisco. As Head of R&D, Alison leads efforts on the development, validation and utilization of BioMAP systems in the areas of autoimmunity, inflammation, fibrosis, immune oncology and tissue remodelling. She has published multiple peer-reviewed papers and invited book chapters and has received a number of international and national awards for her work. Alison talks to us about her time at UCC and her memories of the Hockey Club!

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  • Paul Wycherley, General Manager of Cork City FC.

    18 Dec 2017
    Paul Wycherley, General Manager of Cork City FC.

    Paul Wycherley’s life path has taken him from the world of investment banking to a career in sport and football. After a period in the UK working for the likes of Millwall FC, Queens Park Rangers FC and AFC Wimbledon, he now returns to the Rebel City to take on the role of General Manager of Cork City FC

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  • Professor Martin Tangney - Director, Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University

    08 Aug 2017
    Professor Martin Tangney - Director, Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University

    Professor Martin Tangney is Director of the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, He is an internationally recognised expert in microbial biofuel production, particularly biobutanol. Prof. Tangney recently made history by successfully driving a car powered by a whiskey derived biofuel. He chats to us about his memories of UCC and how studying Microbiology shaped his career path.

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