Honorary degree for Cork's 'Penny’ queen

Honorary degree for Cork's 'Penny’ queen

Caitríona Twomey overseeing the kitchen at Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street. Picture: Dan Linehan

THE coordinator of Cork Penny Dinners will be among a number of inspiring people receiving honorary degrees in UCC on Friday.

Caitríona Twomey, who runs the Little Hanover Street charity which offering hot meals to those in need, said the accolade will be a real honour.

Also receiving honorary degrees on Friday will be crime novelist Martina Cole; musician and filmmaker, Philip King; former chief executive of Cork City Vocational Educational Committee, Richard Langford, and former Crawford Art Gallery director, Peter Murray.

“Walking through the gates of UCC on Friday will bring a huge smile to my face. This is more than an honour for me,” Caitríona said.

“This is a privilege I feel deeply in my heart. This isn’t just for me, but the whole Penny Dinners family who inspire me day in and day out.

“Along my Penny Dinners journey, I have come across some of the most inspiring people in the world. As well as seeing the sad part of life I also get to see the uplifting part in the tireless and selfless work our volunteers do every day.”

Caitríona’s dedication to the organisation was acknowledged by UCC president, Professor Patrick O’Shea, on a visit to the organisation. He witnessed first hand Caitríona’s dedication, not only to nourishing those in need but to educating them. Programmes run by Cork Penny Dinners include Cork Music Dojo, offering free music classes; food education initiative, the ENACTUS programme aimed at university students. “I believe in education across the board,” she said. “Learning shouldn’t be all about academic achievement.”

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