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University Awards - Honorary Degrees

November '04: 150th Anniversary Celebrations - Honorary Degrees
Recognised for their exceptional contribution to Irish society and their impact on the world stage the following people received honorary degrees:
The Arts
Michael Flatley
Dancer and entrepreneur
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Imogen Stuart
Sculptor
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Eithne Healy
Chair of the National Theatre - The Abbey and supporter of the Arts
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Anne Madden 
Artist
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Humanitarian action and philanthropy
Christina Noble
Founder of Children's Foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Lochlann Quinn
Industrialist and philanthropist
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Academic and learning excellence
Sir Derek Morris
Provost of Oriel College
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Professor Garret A.  FitzGerald
University of Pennsylvania: world expert in pharmacology of cardiovascular disorders
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science
Professor Dr Wolfgang Meid
Universitaet Innsbruck: international expert in classical linguistics and celtic languages
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Celtic Studies
Fr John Dardis SJ
Principal of the Jesuit Order in Ireland: advocate for refugees in Europe and Joycean scholar
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Socio-economic and political impact
David Byrne
European Commissioner
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Bruce Morrison
Former US congressman, responsible for US Immigration Act 1990
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Dr Pearse Lyons
President of Alltech: scientist, innovator and entrepreneur.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science
Charlie Bird
RTE journalist
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Niall O'Dowd
Editor, Irish Voice, Irish America Magazine, and role in peace process
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws

Sport
Mick O'Dwyer
Former Kerry footballer
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Kevin Heffernan
Former Dublin footballer
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Willie John McBride
Former Irish and Lions rugby international
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
Kevin Moran
International soccer and Manchester United player, former Dublin footballer
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws