Stellar achievement: Niece of astronaut Hadfield graduates
Inspired by her retired astronaut uncle having reached for the stars, medicine graduate Kelly Hadfield is launching her own career.
The 30-year-old Canadian was one of 166 students who graduated from the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) yesterday. Her uncle, Chris Hadfield, was the first Canadian to walk in space having flown two Space Shuttle missions and served as a commander of the International Space Station.
"UL was a life-changing experience," said Ms Hadfield, who was supported by her parents Robin and David and partner Tadgh.
Her uncle's historic journey into space inspired her because it "normalised extraordinary accomplishments", she said.
The Hadfields have a holiday home in west Cork, where Kelly and Tadgh plan to holiday over the summer.