THE OLDEST UCC science graduate, a Cork District Court judge and Glamour's Editor-in-Chief are among those who will be honoured at UCC's Alumni Achievement Awards on Friday.
They will be joined by Ireland's Professor of Poetry and one of the country's best-known technology executives in being honoured at the event.
The awards are among the highest honours that UCC can bestow on alumni and recognise those who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen fields.
Among the recipients this year is 104-year-old Mairín Hughes, who graduated with a BSc and HDE from UCC in the 1930s, an era when women did not widely study science. After graduation, she worked in the Pathology Lab in UCC’s Department of Medicine for 14 years before marrying her late husband and relocating to Dublin.
Ireland's professor of poetry Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, who has published eight collections of poetry over 42 years and grew up in a building that stood where UCC's O'Rahilly building now stands, is also set be recognised.
She said: “I can truly say that I've always been proud of my connection with UCC, and I'm always delighted to return and to see how it has developed out of the small local centre of learning that I knew from 1959 to '64.”
They will be joined by Ballincollig native Samantha Barry graduated from UCC with an Arts degree in 2002. She was named as editor-in-chief of Glamour, one of the world's biggest fashion and beauty media brands, earlier this year.
She has worked in more than 25 countries, also served as a social media producer and journalist at BBC World News in London, and as a reporter and producer for RTÉ and Newstalk.
“The technology may have evolved as I jumped from Ireland to London to Papua New Guinea to New York, but at the heart of my job are the fundamentals I learned at UCC and the newsroom of the University Examiner: talk to people, share their stories, and offer opinions,” said Barry.
UCC will also honour Barry O'Sullivan, managing director of Palo Alto Technology Partners, who founded Altocloud, a company that specialised in using artificial intelligence to transform customer experience, and Judge Olann Kelleher, a district court judge who graduated from UCC in 1974 and will be recognised for his voluntary service to the college as coach and manager of the UCC Rugby Club.