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University Awards - Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees 2005/06
June '06 Col Eileen Collins recognition of her achievement in becoming the first woman to pilot and command a NASA space shuttle and spend a total of 872 hours in space over four different missions. She was also recognised for the work she does in encouraging young people to choose careers in maths, science and engineering and to choose those subjects at school.
Honorary Doctor of Science
June '06 Anthony Cronin Anthony Cronin was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Literature in recognition of his work as a distinguished poet and author. He was cultural and artistic adviser to the former Taoiseach, Charles J Haughey and the founding member of Aosdána, of which he was made a Saoi in 2003.
Honorary Doctor of Literature
June '06 Peter Gleeson Peter Gleeson was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his contribution to Irish business. As Chairman and CEO of Castle Knitwear he enhanced the company's commercial success in an extremely competitive climate. He served on the board of the Smurfit Group for two decades and is a committed philanthropist to medical and educational causes
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
June '06 Fr Michael Kelly SJ Michael Kelly was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his work with Irish Aid in the development of its policy on HIV/AIDS in the education sector in Zambia and other African countries. His contribution to the complex subject of HIV/AIDS combines the highest standards of scholarship with compassion and courage.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
June '06 Paul Rusesabagina Paul Rusesabagina was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws for his humanitarian actions during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 when, as manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, he sheltered over 1,268 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by the Interahamwe militia. The film Hotel Rwanda is based on this story.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws
June '06 José Saramago José Saramago was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Literature in recognition of his work as an author. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 and has also written poetry, essays, plays and a journal. Born in Portugal, he was educated as a technician and had several manual jobs before devoting himself to writing in 1979 when he won international acclaim in his mid-fifties.
Honorary Doctor of Literature