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The 2009 DCU Leadership Circle Dinner celebrates leaders in philanthropy
30 June 2009

Gay Byrne, Mary Finan and DCU President Ferdinand von Prondzynski with Brendan Hickey, recipient of Leadership Circle Individual Award.

The annual DCU Leadership Circle Dinner, hosted by the DCU President, Ferdinand von Prondzynski and the Board of Trustees, DCU Educational Trust was attended by over 120 supporters and friends of the University on Friday 26 June in the inviting surrounds of the 1838 Club Dining Room, Albert College.  The guests, many representing leading Irish and US corporates as well as alumni and other individual donors had the pleasure of hearing from Atlantic Philanthropies Senior Vice President, Programmes, Colin McCrea on the significant role the foundation and its founder, Mr. Chuck Feeney, have played in developing third level education in modern Ireland. Mr. McCrea encouraged all guests, whether as companies or as individuals to be leaders in philanthropy and thanked those present for being part of DCU’s Leadership Circle and thereby creating life-transforming opportunities for so many students.

During the evening, four DCU Leadership Awards were presented to Brendan Hickey of Davy Hickey Properties; Ulster Bank; and to Professor Alan Smeaton of the DCU CLARITY research centre as well as a special recognition award to Cathy Holahan, former Chair of the  DCU Alumni Council.

Brendan Hickey was presented with the award for his leadership gift to establish the DCU Citywest Community Outreach Programme, which brings hundreds of students from the Citywest community into greater exposure to educational opportunities.   Ulster Bank were honored with the corporate Leadership Award for their longstanding support of the DCU Access Scholarship Programmne. The leadership award in research was presented to Professor Alan Smeaton for his world-leading work in the area of digital video processing. Finally, this year a special recognition award was presented to Cathy Holahan who recently handed over the Chair of the DCU Alumni Council.  Cathy was recognised for her exceptional leadership of the DCU Alumni Council and the growth of the DCU Alumni programme during her tenure.

The DCU Leadership Circle is a community of supporters and friends of Dublin City University. Membership recognises and acknowledges the contributions made by donors whose generosity and vision help to bring Dublin City University to the next level of its development as a world-class centre of research and learning. To become a member, donors make annual contributions of €1,000 or more to Dublin City University.

The DCU Educational Trust is very pleased to acknowledge those organisations who generously sponsored items for the DCU Annual Fund raffle and goodie bag contents, as follows; 

Ashville Media, Bill Cullen & Jackie Lavin (Muckross Park Hotel) Beeline Healthcare, Bewleys Ireland, Boots Ireland, Fragrances of Ireland, Glaxosmithkline, Haribo, Irish Distillers, Irish Rail, Panasonic, Toshiba and Unilever.

About DCU Educational Trust

The DCU Educational Trust is a registered charity (CHY 8960) established in 1988 to advance the development of Dublin City University. It is by building philanthropic relationships with friends, corporations, alumni, foundations and community groups that the DCU Educational Trust demonstrates the unique culture of Dublin City University and the power of higher education to change lives.