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Honouring the greats

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 4:07pm

The heartbeat of Cork Penny Dinners and a wildly successful crime novelist were among those receiving honourary degrees from UCC recently.

Caitríona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners received a Degree of Doctor of Laws and Martina Cole, whose father came from Cork, was conferred with a Doctor of Literature.

Ms Twomey was honoured for her work with Cork Penny Dinners, which serves hot meals at its Hanover Street premises and has been in operation since 1840.

“When you have the great privilege of being of service to your fellow human beings, when you are humbled by the kindness, generosity and caring of all who keep our doors open, it is then you understand life,” said Ms Twomey.

Ms Cole, born in Essex to Irish parents, has sold more than £63 million worth of books. She is the bestselling British-born female crime writer since Nielsen records began in 1998, and won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year with The Take, which then went on to be a hit TV series for Sky 1.

“Cork has always been my second home and to be conferred with this Honorary Doctorate in the presence of my family makes it an extra special day,” Ms Cole said.

Other honourees included musician, filmmaker and broadcaster Philip King as well as Richard Langford, former CEO of Cork City VEC and Peter Murray, former director of the Crawford Art Gallery.

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