Honorary Life Members 2009
Brother Kevin Crowley was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his contribution and commitment to relieve the hardship endured by homeless people.
The Capuchin Day Centre on Dublin’s Bow Street was founded by Brother Kevin, who hails from west Cork, in the early 1970s. The Centre offers an invaluable service of food, shelter and simple kindness and has grown from a small operation to an essential feature of support for the desolate and marginalised in Dublin.
Now Brother Kevin can be seen daily outside the friary on Bow Street chatting and smiling with those who unfortunately are in need. No one is ever refused at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street.
Professor David McConnell was awarded Honorary Life Membership for his pioneering work in the development of molecular genetics and genetic engineering in Ireland.
David McConnell, born in Dublin, has participated in several EC biotechnology programmes and has collaborated with ICI, Guinness, Schering Plough, Biocon, BP and NovoNordisk in various biotechnology projects.
He planned and led the development of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, a leading centre for research and teaching of genetics. He was a founding participant in the Yeast Genome Project and has advised the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on many projects. He was also a member of the Steering Group which prepared the successful bid for Dublin's selection as the European City of Science in 2012.