Young doctor scoops medals as outlook turns golden
The President of NUI Galway, Dr James Browne, yesterday urged 200 new graduates to take a positive approach to the economic difficulties facing the country.
Dr Browne was addressing the summer conferring of graduates, almost half of them new doctors, at the Galway University.
He told his audience that, while public discourse was dominated by depression about the economy, people had two options: to look back and analyse what went wrong and assign blame, or look forward and seek to influence and shape the future.
"When the crisis passes, and pass it will, the world -- not only Ireland -- will be a different place. As a people we need to take responsibility for our own future," Dr Browne said.
It was a special day of celebration for new doctor Gerard Healy (23), from Rosses Point in Sligo.
He achieved the distinction of winning four medals for coming first in his class in medicine, paediatrics, surgery and radiology. His parents, Brendan and Bernadette, both of whom are doctors, were present, while his brother, David, is a heart and lung transplant surgeon.
"I had no idea I was getting these medals today. It's a shock, but very nice," he said.