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Dr Colm Ó hEocha


Dr Colm O hEocha


A strong social commitment and a determination to improve the quality of academia life mark the contribution which Dr Colm Ó hEocha has made to Irish education and society.  His work as Chairman of the New Ireland Forum in 1983 and 1984 involved a series of pioneering discussions concerning the development of North/South relationships on this island.  The firm yet sensitive manner of his chairing of that Forum was widely noted; the Forum, as a stepping-stone on the path to the peace process, remains a significant event in recent Irish history.

Dr Ó hEocha's sense of social responsibility informs his career at every turn.  Soon after appointment as Professor of Biochemistry at University College, Galway in 1963, he served as Chairman of the National Science Council for ten years.  From 1983 to 1986, he chaired the RTÉ Advisory Committee and served on the International Services Committee of the Industrial Development Authority.  Dr Ó hEocha was appointed Chairman of the Arts Council from 1988 to 1993.  This steady comprehensive record of service has been matched by an active career in university administration as President of University College, Galway since 1975 and as a continuously active member of the Conference of Rectors of European Universities.  Dr Ó hEocha's record of research publications in biochemistry, science and education, and research policy has also flourished over this time.

The breadth and versatility of Dr Ó hEocha's activities and interests bear witness to his remarkable abilities: Dr Ó hEocha is truly a man who is able to move effortlessly across the barriers dividing academia, administration and the public service.

France, Italy and Poland have awarded their national decorations to Dr Ó hEocha: The Queen's University of Belfast and the University of Dublin (Trinity College) have conferred honorary doctorates on this outstanding leader.

Is mian le Ollscoil Luimnigh a cion féin a dhéanamh inniu trí ómós agus aitheantas a thabhairt don Dr Colm Ó hEocha i mbliana, tráth a bhfuil céad caoga bliain slán ó bhliain a bhunaithe á chomóradh ag Coláiste na Banríona, ar a dtugtar inniu Coláiste na hOllscoilk, i nGaillimh.  Tá dlúthbhaint ag an Dr Ó hEocha le Ollscoil na Gaillimhe le trian den dtréimhse sin.  Is cuí go n-aithneofaí an Dr Ó hEocha ina cháilíocht féin - fear a d'fhan dílis don dúchas Déiseach agus a chaith a shaol agus a shaothar leis an léann agus le leas na tire - agus mar fhianaise ina phearse féin ar fheabhas agus ar ardghradam an Choláiste Ollscoile i nGaillimh.


It is a goal of the University of Limerick to work beyond the walls of its campus. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to offer our facilities to those who are pursuing knowledge, truth and understanding.

It is essential to recognise today social, charitable and personal contributions which have had a substantial and long-lasting impact on the well-being of what are commonly referred to as 'these islands'.

Sport is a unifying force - it brings together parishes, counties, provinces and the nation in support of a common cause and helps to boost national morale and raise the international profile of our country. It is therefore eminently appropriate that this university should recognise and honour those who epitomise the finest virtues of sport and who have contributed substantially to the enhancement of Ireland's sporting heritage.

The University of Limerick - honouring those who use their achievements to benefit the people of this city and region and show special appreciation to those who have contributed to the development of this great institution.

Demonstrating our respect for cultural achievements on the national and international stage.

There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of service to humanity.

Woodrow Wilson

We acknowledge the remarkable contribution of individual's to the betterment of the lives of those past, present, and to come.

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