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Best-selling solo artist Enya to receive honorary doctorate

Source: Galway Independent (Ireland) (May 23, 2007)



Best-selling solo artist Enya is to receive an honorary doctorate from NUIG this summer.

Enya, who originally comes from the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, is a former member of the family group Clannad. She now ranks alongside the most successful female artists in the world.

The four-time Grammy award winner and her production/writing team were nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for their work on The Lord of the Rings. Enya has also won six World Music Awards and the coveted American Golden Plate Award.

Also being honoured is businessman and philanthropist Bill Walsh, a long-time supporter and director of The American Ireland Fund and recipient of its Distinguished Leadership Award in 1997.

International business leader and chair of Reuters, Niall Fitzgerald KBE, will receive an honorary doctorate alongside Chief Justice Pius Langa, the first African Chief Justice of South Africa.

The world of the arts will be represented by honorary graduands Nicholas Carolan, who established the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Dr Jane O Leary, composer, musician, founding member of Aosd�na and founder and current chair of Music for Galway.

Commenting on the announcement of this year's graduands, Dr Iogn�id O Muircheartaigh, President of NUI, Galway, said, "While this university has had many outstanding honorary graduates in its history, those being honoured this year form a particularly distinguished group. Their contributions in many spheres have been outstanding and NUI, Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognise these exceptional individuals."

The honorary graduates will be conferred during a special ceremony at the university on Friday 29 June.



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