David Mackey, who is well-known for his chairmanship of the Croke Park Executive Committee, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by National University of Ireland, Maynooth, at a ceremony held on the university campus on Friday 14 May.
Mr Mackey was appointed the first chairman of the Executive Committee established to run Croke Park following a major strategic review in 1998/99.
Under his chairmanship, he played a major role in developing Croke Park into a football stadium of international standing. He is also well-known as the former Chief Executive of the Sean Quinn Group and for his work in local government for over two decades.
At the ceremony the Tipperary-born, recently retired Foróige Director, Michael B. Cleary, also was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to the voluntary youth organisation over a period of 36 years.
A native of Cloughjordan, Michael Cleary served from 1967 to 2003 as Director of Foróige, the leading national youth organisation with a special remit for youth development and education. Today, Foróige has 450 clubs and more than 80 local youth services and youth projects nationwide.
Dr Tom Kellaghan, who was born and reared in Mullingar and who was the founding Director of the Educational Research Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin, where he continues to work, was another honorary doctorate recipient. Dr Kellaghan is due to retire shortly as Director of the Educational Research Centre.
Other recipients include the Belfast-born academic, Professor George Garfield Hall, who is internationally recognised for his pioneering work in quantum chemistry and Professor Tom Jones Hughes, the well-known geographer.
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