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24 October 2020  


NUI Chancellor pays tribute to Margaret Mac Curtain O.P.

07.10.2020

In a tribute today to Margaret Mac Curtain, the NUI Chancellor Dr Maurice Manning said ‘I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of the death of the inimitable Margaret Mac Curtain, a wonderful colleague of mine for many years in UCD. Much loved and greatly admired by generations of students, Sister Ben combined a strong, dynamic, idealistic personality with a warm and generous soul. The best kind of university teacher, she put her students first, nurturing their talents, listening to them, understanding their difficulties, helping them to flourish. Small wonder then that so many of them have risen to prominence in national life.’

In addition to her distinguished academic career and her contribution to education at many levels, during her long life, Margaret Mac Curtain was an influential force in many spheres. Socially a radical, she championed the disadvantaged, promoted equality, challenged orthodoxy. She was an early influencer in the Women’s Movement. While remaining a deeply committed Dominican nun, she was not afraid to question and speak out. She was a positive and modernising influence in Irish life and leaves behind an exceptional legacy of academic, social and cultural achievement.

In 2007, NUI celebrated Margaret Mac Curtain’s achievements with the conferring of an honorary DLitt degree.

 

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