More than 2,200 students received their degrees from Dublin City University during graduation ceremonies on the 5 to 6 November 2007. Among those to graduate from DCU were five top GAA stars who took part in the University team which won the Sigerson Cup - the top Third Level GAA football competition - in 2006. The five are alumni of DCU's Sports Academy which is Ireland's leading sports training facility for elite athletes. Ross Munnelly, MSc in Education and Training Management, of Laois, Michael Savage, BA in Economics, Politics and Law, of Dublin, Paul Casey, BSc in Sport Science and Health, of Dublin, Owen Lennon, BSc in Sport Science and Health, of Monaghan and Vincent Corey, MSc in Education and Training Management, of Monaghan.
The Chancellor’s Medals where also presented during the ceremonies. Cross-country athlete Fionnuala Britton and, scientist, Barry Ryan, both recent graduates, won this prestigious award. This award is made to individual students who have achieved not just academic excellence, but who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and dedication to non-academic aspects of third-level education.
Fionnuala, who graduated with a first class honours from Sport Science and Health, was highly commended during the ceremony on her ‘steely determination to succeed at the highest levels in both her academic and sporting life’ and her selfless contribution to a variety of social and charitable organizations.
Barry, who was awarded his PhD in Biotechnology in March returned for the presentation, to hear a generous personal tribute. ‘Barry is a well-rounded character whose achievements and contributions are not confined to the laboratory bench. Barry is someone who gets on with, and respects, everybody. He is highly esteemed by all who know him.’