UCC celebrates 175th anniversary
University College Cork celebrated its 175th anniversary on December 30; on that date in 1845 the university formally came into being as Queen’s College Cork (QCC).
QCC was founded as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway, under an Act “to enable her Majesty” – Queen Victoria – “to endow Colleges for the Advancement of Learning in Ireland”.
George Boole and the first female professor in Ireland
From 115 students in 1849 UCC has grown to over 21,000 students today, UCC has had many firsts in its long history, including Mary Ryan who in 1910 was appointed the first female professor in Ireland. Pioneering female academics in UCC’s history include Dr Dora Allman and Dr Lucy E Smith who both graduated from the University in 1898.