Close links between University College Cork and Kerry dating to the mid-19th century were recalled yesterday when the board of governors held its first meeting in the county.
Kerry County Council chambers in Tralee was the venue for the meeting, which heard how many Kerry-born graduates were among UCC’s distinguished business, professional, and sporting alumni.
@countykerry Manager, Tom Curran, (and UCC engineering graduate) welcomed the UCC Governors and spoke of the many UCC/Kerry links.— UCC Ireland (@UCC) February 11, 2014
Kerry is second only to Cork in the number of students it sends to UCC, at nearly 1,500 in undergraduates, postgraduates, and adults continuing education.
Kerry is only second to Cork in the number of students it sends to UCC. Total no is 1,500. #uccgbkerry— UCC Ireland (@UCC) February 11, 2014
A UCC centre for medical education at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee, and a development of a more cohesive regional learning cluster between third-level institutions are two of the recent initiatives between UCC and Kerry.
In a talk to the board, retired professor of Irish history at UCC John A Murphy said UCC had always been the natural, third-level mecca of Kerry students.
Kerry sportsmen who studied in UCC include Paul Galvin, Seamus Moynihan, Eoin Brosnan, Fergal Griffin, Wayne O'Sullivan ... #uccgbkerry— UCC Ireland (@UCC) February 11, 2014
In the early 1840s, Kerry supported Cork’s claim against Limerick as the most appropriate location for a Queen’s college in Munster, he said, adding that Kerry had provided two presidents for UCC, Sir Rowland Blennerhassett and Alfred O’Rahilly.
Historian John A Murphy's address to Governors he spoke of the two Kerry Presidents of UCC, R Blennerhassett and A O'Rahilly #uccgbkerry— UCC Ireland (@UCC) February 11, 2014
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