Cats coach Brian Cody adds Dr to his name
Brian Cody is used to adding All-Ireland titles to his name, but yesterday he was honoured with the title of Doctor of Philosophy by Dublin City University.
The Kilkenny hurling boss was made an honorary graduate and Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa - the highest honour the university can bestow on an individual.
The former Kilkenny player has led the team to 10 All-Ireland victories as manager and was recognised by DCU for his leadership as a sportsman and his community involvement.
He described the award as "a true honour" and noted the university's sporting prowess.
Cody, who has managed Kilkenny since 1998, was joined by Dr Pearse Lyons of Alltech and Dr Margaret MacCurtain, an academic and member of the Dominican Order.
DCU chancellor Dr Martin McAleese said he hoped that recognising the brilliance of the three honorary graduates would teach students something important.
"There is no one way, no single path, no pre-drawn road map, no one-size-fits-all which lays out their future," he said.
The trio join an impressive list of people who have been recognised by DCU, including rugby ace Brian O'Driscoll who received his honorary doctorate in 2013.
O'Driscoll was honoured alongside cycling star Sean Kelly and joked afterwards that his sisters would probably tease him about being the third doctor in their family.
The latest batch of honorary graduates have a wide range of experience in very different fields.
Dundalk-born Dr Lyons is founder and president of Alltech, an animal nutrition, brewing and biotech company.
Alltech operates in 128 countries and employs 3,500 people. The entrepreneur recently estimated that the company could be worth up to €2.6bn.
The company is set to create employment in the Liberties area of Dublin with the establishment of a new brewery.
Dr MacCurtain is well-known for speaking out against corporal punishment and promoting the educational rights of children with special needs. She was a founding principal of Ballyfermot Senior College which has links with DCU.