Tuesday 18 December 2018

'Macroom lad' on Queen's honours list

Bill Browne

The Macroom-born boffin who has perfected a method for powering cars with biofuel developed using whiskey residue, has been awarded one of Britain's most prestigious honours.

Scotland-based Professor Martin Tangney made headlines last year when he successfully test drove a car fuelled by biobutanol - a biofuel made using whiskey byproducts that he said had the potential to spark a "revolution in sustainable transport".

In recognition of his groundbreaking work, Professor Tangney has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth for his services to the engineering and energy industries. He said the accolade came "completely out of the blue".

"Growing up, this is the last thing I would have envisaged happening to a lad from Macroom. 

"I can't overstate how much an honour this is and, amazingly, I find myself in the company of some very great Irish people who have done far more significant things than me," said Professor Tangney.

"Any honour of this magnitude is never the sole work of an individual and I owe this to very many people who have guided and shaped my career, and me as a person, over the years," he added.