FIVE Cork “trailblazers” were celebrated with honorary conferrings in the Aula Maxima at UCC this week.
Cork Penny Dinners co-ordinator Caitríona Twomey, former director of Crawford Art Gallery Peter Murray, former CEO of Cork City VEC Richard Langford, broadcaster Phillip King and author Martina Cole were among those who received awards.
Ms Twomey was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Laws for her work with the homeless at Penny Dinners.
“When you have the great privilege of being of service to your fellow human beings when you are humbled by the kindness, generosity and caring of all who keep our doors open, it is then you understand life,” she told those gathered at the awards.
Multi-milling selling crime writer Cole remembered her Cork-born father when she was conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Literature.
Cole, who has sold 16 million copies of her 23 novels worldwide, has close ties to the city's northside. Her father came from Gurranabraher and was a first cousin of Mary Cregan, wife of Denis Cregan, former Lord Mayor of Cork and owner of Dino's chipper institution.
Musician, filmmaker and broadcaster Philip King, who created the TV show Other Voices and shot to fame as a member of trad band Scullion, was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Music.
Richard Langford, the former CEO of Cork City VEC for more than 25 years, was conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Education.
The former Director of the Crawford Art Gallery Peter Murray also received a Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.