One of Cork’s most feared sporting enemies is to be honoured by UCC.
In what may come as a shock to hurling supporters, Kilkenny manager Brian Cody is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the college.
While he spearheaded the Cats’ dominance of the All-Ireland — and a number of victories over Cork — he has also won the respect of true hurling people for his ability to create successful teams.
For this reason he will be one of an array of sporing stars to receive honorary Degrees of Doctorates in Arts at a ceremony in the college on September 7.
Also being honoured is former soccer star Denis Irwin. The Togher man had an illustrious playing career with both Ireland and Manchester United where he won a host of medals as part of a team that won league titles, FA cups and the Champions League.
Another Cork sporting hero, Ronan O’Gara, is also to be honoured by UCC for his achievements with Munster and Ireland. The country’s all-time record point-scorer and caps holder played key roles in winning European Cups for his club and the Grand Slam for his country.
Also getting an honorary doctorate is Mary O’Connor from Killeagh. The dual Cork camogie and ladies football player has won 12 All-Ireland medals.
Legendary horse trainer Aidan O’Brien is also being feted for his work in guiding famous names first over the finishing line.