Honorary doctorate of philosophy awarded to Seán de Fréine (94)

DCU also presented eight Alumni Awards to graduates who helped fight against Covid-19

Seán de Fréine (94) at DCU where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Philosophy.  Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

Seán de Fréine (94) at DCU where he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Philosophy. Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

 

Seán de Fréine (94) was awarded an honorary doctorate of philosophy at Dublin City University. A scholar and a public servant, he has been a foundational influence on the sociolinguistics of Irish society and on questions of language policy.

Since the 1960s onwards, his published work has been central to academic and public discussion on issues of language, society and identity in Ireland.

Dublin City University also presented eight alumni awards to graduates of the university who have, over the past 20 months, helped in the fight against Covid-19. The eight are graduates of DCU’s five faculties and they were presented with their awards at a ceremony in the Helix on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Awardees

The awardees come from fields as diverse as education, policing, media, finance and technology and include former assistant commissioner of An Garda Síochána Pat Leahy and Karen Greene, deputy chief nursing officer at the Department of Health.

Speaking at the event, Prof Daire Keogh, president of DCU said: “This year’s awards give particular recognition to those who have had a positive impact in response to the global challenge of Covid-19. By setting an example, the awardees represent great role models for DCU’s current students.”