Prof. Lorraine O’Driscoll (nee McElroy), Chair of Pharmacology and Biomedicine at Trinity College Dublin, from Annamartin, Smithborough, is being inducted into the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, on Friday 21st May. Membership is by election and is considered to be the highest academic honour in Ireland. The Royal Irish Academy has been honouring Ireland’s leading contributors to the world of learning since its establishment in 1785. Admittance to the Academy is a prestigious honour, and those elected are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name. For 235 years new members of the Royal Irish Academy were admitted with a handshake, but Dr Mary Canning, president of the Academy, will be greeting this group of exceptional individuals who are internationally renowned in their respective fields with no handshakes but much joy .
The Royal Irish Academy recognises Ireland’s world class researchers. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland, and although Lorraine was the only female of the 10 scientists recently elected to membership of the RIA, she is in good company. Others include Prof. John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Prof. Noel McElvaney, Prof. of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons; and Prof. Philip Nolan President of Maynooth University and chair of NPHET.
Lorraine, daughter of Bridget and Francie McElroy, Annaghmartin, Smithboro, grew up on a small farm near Smithborough and has gone on to be a scientist and academic of international standing. The family lived at Drummons, Scotstown till Lorraine was aged 6 and then the family moved to Annamartin and Lorraine completed her primary education at Magherarney NS, followed by St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan. She holds a BSc (Hons, Pharmacol), Msc (Res, Clin. Pharmacol), MA (Education), PhD (Biotechnology/cancer research), and among her other accolades she is: an elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD), an elected Fellow the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), the only female recipient of an Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Award in science/biomedicine, and recipient of the European Eurolife Distinguished Lecture Medal.
Lorraine is married to Donnacha O’Driscoll, and both of them are well known for their involvement in the community and in charity fundraising. So, give her a beep if you see her jogging around the roads of Smithboro and Scotstown on week-end mornings, now that travel restrictions are relaxed again…as they’d say round here….all that learning wasn’t unknowst to her! Super achievement Lorraine, we are all thrilled for you.