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Lord Mayor Hosts Civic Reception for Professor Áine Hyland, retiring Vice President UCC

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern, and Cork City Council hosted a Civic Reception in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Wednesday February 7th 2007 to honour retiring Vice President of UCC, Professor Áine Hyland for her contribution to education on a local and national level.

Referring to the policy of the "Marriage Bar" which existed in Ireland at the time forcing women to leave employment once married, The Lord Mayor opinioned that The Department of Education’s loss was UCC and the Nation’s gain;

"Education has been lucky that Áine’s post as a Research Assistant in the Department of Education was cancelled when she married in the early 1960's. This led to her enrolment on a BA course in UCD that became the avenue to a very productive life in the University System."


Josephine Gazely Cork City Council at the commencement of proceedings in the Council Chamber with Professor Áine Hyland, the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and Lady Mayoress Eileen Ahern.


The Lord Mayor also paid tribute to Áine’s vision as founder of the Dalkey School Project, the first multi-denominational school in Ireland for over a century. From this grew the "Educate Together" Project with Aine serving in the positions of Secretary and eventually Chairperson. This project was responsible for the eventual setting up
of over 40 "Educate Together" schools in the country.

The Lord Mayor concluded by wishing Professor Hyland a happy retirement but was sceptical as to whether this would be a retirement in the traditional sense:

"I hope that she will have many happy years in "retirement" but I suspect that retirement for Aine will mean that the wings will be spread further and that she will fly even higher on new pursuits" he said.



Gerry Kelly and Evelyn Grant, Professor Áine Hyland and Cllr Mary Shields at the Civic Reception.

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