The annual presentation of honours and awards was held in the Common Room of University College, Cork. The Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr P.J. Hourihan attended.
Back L-R: Kierna Dorgan (Craft Apprentice), Raymond Wolf (Technologist), Gary Kenny (Technician Award), Lee Carroll (Ger Dullea Award),
Front L-R: Éamon Creech (President ISA Ireland), Lord Mayor, PJ Hourihan, Cyril Foley (Pioneer)
Craft Apprentice award – Mr. Kieran Dorgan
Cobh, Co. Cork.
Nominator: Mr. Pat Mc Carthy, FÁS, Cork.
Profile of the Recipient:
The duration of Kieran Dorgans apprenticeship in instrumentation was from September 1996 to September 2000 and in this period of time he consistently performed to a very high standard both practically and academically. Kieran attended the FAS Training centre in Cork and worked as an apprentice in Pfizer Pharmaceutical at Ringaskiddy over this four-year period. During the period of his apprenticeship from September 1996 to September 2000 Kieran has completed several courses. His attitude and commitment to his apprenticeship was exceptional. During the period 1996 to August 1999 he completed the City and Guilds 275 Technicians certificate. 1999/2000 Kieran completed the Diploma in applied physics and instrumentation and was awarded the Summit Technology award for highest results in that year In December 2000 Kieran will receive his National Craft Certificate in Recognition of his apprenticeship. Kieran is currently completing the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation as a full time student in CIT which will be complete in July 2001.
Technician Award – Mr. Gary Kenny
Prospect Hill, Galway.
Nominator: Mr. T.P. Roe, Mayo Galway Institute of Technology, (GMIT).
Profile of the recipient:
Gary Kenny obtained a distinction in the NCEA Certificate in Science, Physics and Instrumentation at Gaiway Ñ Mayo Institute of Technology in 2000. Over the two-year duration of this course, Gary demonstrated an excellent application of his theoretical knowledge to his laboratory work.
Exceptional performance in both practical and theory in the National Certificate in Science (Physics & Instrumentation). He achieved an average mark of 86.3% with a lowest mark in six subjects of 82%. This is well above the Distinction level of 70%.The next highest mark in the class was 77% and the class average was 58.6%. He also did exceptionally well in a three-week mini-project in electronics Ñ he was given a mark of 90%.
Gary is currently pursuing an NCEA diploma in Industrial Instrumentation at the Galway Ñ Mayo Institute of Technology. Gary continues to make excellent progress in his current course under the supervision of Mr. Tim Roe, Lecturer, Physics Department at GMIT.
Technologist Award – Mr. Raymond Wolfe
Summercove, Co. Cork. Nominated by:
Nominator: Dr. É.M. Cashell, Cork Institute of Technology,(CIT).
Profile of Recipient:
This nomination is based on the achievement of Raymond Wolfe in achieving a distinction first in the evening National Diploma in Applied Physics and Instrumentation at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in 2000. The nomination recognises RayÕs outstanding scholarship Ñhis Grade Point average of 3.89 would be would be equivalent to over 90% – which he pursued with great commitment as part-time student of applied physics and instrumentation at CIT His achievement in gaining a distinction is especially noteworthy, as Ray achieved this whilst in full-time employment in the IT department at Eli Lilly, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Technology or Special Achievement Award –
Not awarded this year.
Ger Dullea Award – Mr. Mr. Lee Carroll
Clonsilla, Dublin 15.
Nominator: Dr. Brian Lawless, Dublin City University,(DCU).
Profile of the recipient:
Lee Carroll has just graduated from the course for Degree in Applied Physics with a first class Honours grade. In his final year he completed his project on “Thermal Agitation of the Electron Cloud in Supercooled Water”. The grade achieved for the project was the highest ever achieved for project work in the department.
As a consequence of the quality of the work and the originality of the research work, the physics Department decided to obtain special funding to enable Lee to continue the project over the summer so as to bring it to the point where t could be published as an original research paper. This stage has now been reached and the final draft of the paper entitled ÒAuto-compensating interferometer for measuring the changes in refractive index of super-cooled water as a function of temperature at 632.8nmÓ by Lee Carroll and Martin Henry will shortly be submitted to the Journal “Applied Optics”.
Some of the pressure to complete the paper was due to the fact that Lee is now moving to Trinity Collage, Dublin where he is starting work on a postgraduate research PhD program under Professor John McGilp.
While it sometimes happens that experimental work carried out in the course of an undergraduate project opens up a topic which is subsequently further developed, t is rare that such undergraduate project work itself leads to publishable material and this is one of the reasons why Lee Carroll was proposed for the award.
In course of the project, Lee designed a custom interferometer which included full auto-compensation for the thermal expansion effects and which as a consequence permitted the first direct observation of the refractive index maximum of water and determined that it occurred between 0.0 degrees C and 0.1 degrees C.The project therefore contained a large element of instrument design.
This work investigates some of the anomalous behavior, which occurs during the freezing process and attempts to identify the underlying physics. This relevance to Irish industry is the other reason why Lee Carroll was proposed for the Ger DuIlea Award.
This award is named to honour of Gerard Dullea, President of the Section in 1991/2 who was tragically killed in an accident in 1993.
Instrument Pioneer Award – Mr. Cyril Foley
ESB (Rtd), Cork.
Nominators: Mr. Robert Shine, FÁS, Cork, and Mr. Eoin Ó Riain, Readout Publications, Dublin.
Profile of the Recipient:
Cyril Foley completed a time served electrical apprentice with the ESB in 1950. He spent a number of years in the construction of Inniscarra Generating Station. He then transferred to the ESB Generating department where he operated in the control room of the new station. In or around 1962 a vacancy arose as an Instrument technician in the Marina coal/oil fired station.
In the early sixties the growth of electricity forced the ESB to build new power stations in Great Island in County Wexford and Tarbert in County Kerry, also the Marina doubled its capacity then Tarbert was extended to double its capacity. This resulted in an increase in instrumentation and the Cyril was appointed regional Instrument Technologist South Western Generation Region.
This meant travelling to these stations plus Cahirciveen, Milltown Malbay peat stations and Ardnacrusha. This necessitated in the setting up of an instrumentation depart-ment in each station and the training of technicians and supervisors. The output had risen from 60Mw to 120Mw and doubled again to 250mw from each station. The total capacity for the region was 1000Mw.
In 1970 and 80’s Cyril rejoined Instrument Engineering Southern Region where he was again involved in the commissioning and operation of the new stations when National Gas Station at Aghada was constructed and Marina was converted to national gas with 2000Mw output. In 1981/1986 MoneyPoint was constructed and commissioned 3 x 305Mw coal fired units total regional capacity 3000Mw.
This again meant setting up regional teams each with instrument and control sections, organising spares, training labs, workshops etc. He was reporting directly to the regional manager
Cyril gained City & Guilds of London FTC in Electrical Engineering and City &Guilds of London FTC in Measurement and Control. He holds the following memberships: Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control; Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineering (UK); Member of the City & Guilds of London Institute; Associate Member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.
CyrilÕs claim to fame includes in 1986 he was conferred with the Warrant of Insignia award by City & Guilds of London “excellence in total engineering”. Up to this date there were only 6 people awarded in the previous 15 years.
He was only the second Irishman to be awarded this Honour the other previous person was John Murphy who set up Radio Telefís Eireann. Since then only one other Irishman Tom Tracey for his work in the Orthodontic Field was awarded this Honour.
Cyril also had two publications. In 1985 in the Journal of the Institute of Energy. His subject on Boiler Turbines was “The Online monitor of Unit Efficiency” In April 1992 in Technology Ireland the subject on Parallel Processors was “The Unlimited power of Transputers”.
In 1991 Cyril also took out a patent on a device he developed. It was “An Efficiency Measurement System for Power Stations”. This assisted the ESB in monitoring the efficiency of their fuel storage and usage. As you can imagine a drop of 0.5 % in efficiency would add thousands of pounds even in those days to their costs in total.
In 1996 Cyril took voluntary retirement from the ESB after 41 years service. He now teaches the apprentices in FÁS in Cork for a quiet life. Hope fully they will pick up some of CyrilÕs vast experience of instrumentation as they start out in their careers in the field of Instrumentation and Control.