HURLING legend Brian Cody was honoured by University College Cork in a special conferring ceremony, which forms a key part of university’s centenary of sport earlier today.
In recognition of their distinction in sport, honorary doctorates of Arts were conferred upon the Kilkenny hurling manager among others. Other sportspeople to receive doctorates included Ireland and Munster rugby out half, Ronan O’Gara, former Ireland and Manchester United soccer player, Denis Irwin, leading horse trainer in Ireland and the UK, Aidan O’Brien and one of the most honoured players in GAA history, Mary O’Connor.
The conferring ceremony was presided over by UCC President Michael Murphy, who addressed over 350 guests at this exceptional event on campus “On behalf of UCC, I am delighted to acknowledge the absolute passion, dedication, skill and talent of the graduands today and to confer on them one of the university’s highest honours.
“Sport has been the lifeblood of our university since its foundation, and the centenary celebrations not only acknowledge the legacy of sporting success here, but also aim to honour and inspire the current and future generations of University athletes and sports people. The awards today recognise the magnificent sporting careers of Ronan O’Gara, Denis Irwin, Brian Cody, Mary O’Connor and Aidan O’Brien, and the inspiration that their sporting passion and success has provided on both a national and international stage,” he said.
Ireland’s sporting community was well-represented at the conferring ceremony at UCC, with several rugby players and managers, football stars and GAA representatives in attendance. Sports media people including Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Tracy Piggott, Donal Lenihan, Finbarr McCarthy and Trevor Welch also participated in the ceremony, and each made dedicated commendations (to the sports stars being conferred.
Brian Cody was conferred at the honorary ceremony for his enormous contribution to Irish hurling. Under his management, the Kilkenny hurling team has won eight All-Ireland titles, 11 Leinster titles and 4 National League titles and have been an unstoppable force in the hurling world. As the longest serving manager in the game, Cody has transformed hurling coaching and management, and continues to be a driving force in hurling excellence in Ireland.