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22 October 2017  


 NUI Confers Honorary Degrees 1/3

Conferring of Honorary Degrees 2017

The NUI will confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) on former Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a ceremony in NUI Galway on 23 October 2017.

The Chancellor of the University, Dr Maurice Manning will confer the degree on Mr Kenny, who will be introduced by the President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne.

The tradition of conferring honorary degrees dates back to the NUI charter of 1908. Since then NUI has conferred honorary degrees mainly with the purpose of honouring academic distinction, whether in the humanities or in the sciences. In addition, the University honours those ‘who, whether in their personal or representative capacities, through their energies, service and actions, have contributed significantly to public life’. NUI traditionally honours the office of Head of Government by honouring those who have held the office of Taoiseach.

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 NUI Confers Honorary Degrees 2/3

Conferring of Honorary Degrees 2017

The National University of Ireland held its annual Honorary Conferring Ceremony on the 11th of October in the Corrigan Hall of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

Seven highly distinguished individuals were conferred with honorary degrees of the National University of Ireland at the Ceremony. The honorary graduates, all exceptional in their own fields are former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Tom Boland; musicians and siblings, Dr Finghin and Dr Dearbhla Collins; Ireland’s first legally blind solicitor and marathon runner Dr Sinead Kane; renowned artist Clare Langan; Dr Martin Mansergh, historian and former Fianna Fáil Senator, TD and Minister for State and Professor Anngret Simms, Professor Emeritus of Historical Geography at University College Dublin and member of the Royal Irish Academy. More



 Convocation Election 2017 3/3

NUI Convocation Election Count 2017

At the completion of the counting of votes for the NUI Convocation Election 2017 the 8 candidates duly elected are:

  • De Bhaldraithe Marsh, Clíona Éilis, BA, MA
  • Doorley, James, BA, MA, LL.B (DIT) LL.M (TCD)
  • Francis, Tommy, BA, HDip in Ed, MA (Lanc)
  • Gallagher, Helen, BSc, MPharm, PhD
  • Harney, Catherine, BComm, HDip in Ed
  • McGrath, Noel, BCL, PhD
  • O'Donovan, John Paul, BSc, MBA(Wales)
  • O'Shea Farren, Linda, BCL

Full result available here



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