University College Dublin (UCD) conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Brother Tony Dolan, a 1971 agricultural science graduate. The degree was awarded at the university conferring ceremony on 2 September in recognition of Brother Dolan’s extensive work in the field of agriculture in Ireland and later in east Africa, particularly his work in the area of sustainable agriculture.
The degree was conferred by UCD president Professor Andrew Deeks. In his speech, Brother Dolan reminded the graduating students that they are “entering a challenging environment in which you have to make your livelihoods and make a contribution to building a better world".
"I know you are up to these challenges and you have the capacities to make major contributions to Irish society and beyond,” Brother Dolan said.
Brother Dolan is Minister General of the Franciscan Brothers based in Mountbellew, Co Galway. He was principal of Franciscan Brothers’ Agricultural College, Mountbellew from 1972 until he moved to east Africa in 1989. Since then he has worked in the areas of agriculture education and development in both Kenya and Uganda.
The Franciscan Brothers, who will celebrate the bicentennial of their foundation in Ireland in 2020, have been involved in education and rural development from the outset, firstly in the west of Ireland and in more recent times in the USA and Africa.
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