From the Blue House
The medals are considered the highest award an academic can receive in Ireland, and are presented once every two years. I’m obviously delighted and honoured to be the 2013 recipient. I’m also a little bemused as they usually seem to be presented to folk who are nearer to the end of their career than the start. I’m also acutely aware that the award is a reflection of a lot of collaboration. Since starting my PhD just over twenty years ago I’ve worked with a lot of great people on various projects and publications, receiving some wonderful support and camaraderie, and if you’re one of those people I owe you a debt of thanks. After the ceremony I have to go for a meal with the Editor of the Irish Times, the Head of RTE (the national broadcaster), and the Director of the Higher Education Authority, so I guess I’ll need to be on my best behaviour and to try and keep my foot out of my mouth. These kinds of ceremony gigs are not my scene, but I’ll try my best to enjoy it. You never know, I might even do so.