Sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey is to be honoured by his alma mater UCC

Sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey is to be honoured by his alma mater UCC
UCC alum Marty Morrissey will be honoured by the college for his 30-year career in broadcasting.

University College Cork is to recognise Marty Morrissey’s 30-year career in sports broadcasting on Friday.

Marty Morrissey was born in Mallow and raised until he was ten in the Bronx in New York, before returning with his family to live in Co Clare. He graduated with an Arts degree from UCC in 1980.

He was goalkeeper with the university’s Gaelic Football Club and played in both the Sigerson and Cork County Football Championships.

He will be recognised with the awarding of an Alumni Achievement Award by his alma mater on Friday night.

Other UCC alumni being recognised for their achievements will be Naomi James, the first woman to sail solo around the world via the treacherous Cape Horn route, Ireland’s renowned Michelin starred chef, Ross Lewis, one of the country’s best-known psychologists, Dr Maureen Gaffney and a pioneering surgeon, Professor Calvin Coffey.

“My first ever commentary was on the back of a tractor and trailer. I'd love to say I had a great plan. This was all an accident," Marty said.

Morrissey joined RTÉ in 1989, has been a member of ‘The Sunday Game’ team for 30 years and commented on every All Ireland Hurling Final on TV and radio since 2012.

But the passionate GAA fan and former Clare county player, was initially refused by RTÉ: “I started applying to RTÉ and the more they refused me, the more I wanted it and finally I got my chance three years later, and here I am today! As I said, an accident!” 

Naomi James was the first woman to sail solo around the world via the treacherous Cape Horn route. She departed Devon on 9 September 1977 and began her adventure aboard the 53-foot yacht, Express Crusader. 

During her voyage, she once nearly lost her mast, capsized and had no radio for several weeks. After 272 days she completed her challenge, and on the 8th June 1978 became the first woman to sail single-handed around the world via Cape Horn.

UCC Dairy Science graduate, Ross Lewis, is renowned for championing the best of Irish artisan food produce at his Michelin starred restaurant, Chapter One.

Dr Maureen Gaffney graduated with a BA in Psychology from UCC in 1968. Today Maureen is a well-known psychologist, broadcaster, and writer. She was a columnist for the Irish Times and is the author of the best-selling books, ‘Flourishing’ and ‘The Way We Live Now’. 

Professor Calvin Coffey, recently made headlines around the world when he and his researchers reclassified part of the human digestive system, the mesentery, as a new organ. This discovery led to updates in Gray’s Anatomy and Langmans’ Medical Embryology, and featured in Time Magazine, National Geographic, CNN and the Guinness Book of Records.

The Alumni Achievement awards dinner is an annual celebration by UCC of its alumni, last year’s winners included Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Barry and Máirín Hughes, UCC’s oldest known Science graduate at the spritely age of 104.

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