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David John McConnell

B.A, Ph.D., M.R.I.A., F.Z.S.I., F.T.C.D.,  ex-Auditor, Medalist

Professor David McConnell was Librarian of the Society in 1963 and Auditor in 1964. He is a Gold Medalist and a twice winner of the prestigious Irish Times Debating Competition and winner of the Observer Mace.

In his chosen field of Genetics he specialised in Molecular Genetics and was involved in much of the revolutionary research in the 60′s and 70′s. He was instrumental in ensuring the present success of the TCD Genetics Department both as Head of Department and his current role as the Professor of Genetics.

He served as Vice-Provost for the Quarter-Centenary celebrations and has played an active role in College life.

Outside of College, his advice and knowledge is widely accepted as an authority in his chosen field. He has also served on the boards of many organisations from hospitals to the RIA. He is currently the chairman of the Irish Times Trust.

The Society is both honoured and delighted to have such an accomplished past member as its President since 2002.



As well as the President, there are Vice Presidents - and their numbers vary. Since its inception, the Society has had nearly 200 Vice-Presidents, usually former members who have become public figures or stay heavily involved. However, the Society may offer this privileged position to a person who has become a regular contributor to the affairs of the Society.

The current Vice-Presidents are:

Stephen G. Harris, B.A.
Mary Theresa Winifred Robinson, M.A., LL.d., H.F.T.C.D., S.C., former Senator for Dublin University, former President of Ireland, Chancellor of Dublin University.
Professor Gary H. Holbrook, B.A., M.A., Professor of Argumentation, Metropolitan State College Denver.
Shane P. N. Ross, B.A., ex-Record Secretary, Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, Leader of th.e Indpendent Alliance. (Visit Deputy Ross’s website)
David Patrick Bernard Norris, B.A., Senator for Dublin University. (Visit Senator Norris’s website)
Dr. Mary Henry, M.D., former Senator for Dublin University.
Eric Lowry, B.A., ex-Auditor
The Hon. Mr. Justice Declan N. O. Budd, B.A., LL.B., ex-Record Secretary, Justice of the High Court
David O’Sullivan, B.A., ex-Auditor, Medallist, Ambassador of the EU to the US, former Secretary General of the European Commission
Dr. Patrick Geoghegan F.T.C.D.
Professor Ivana Bacik, Senator for the University of Dublin.
The Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Hannaex-Auditor.
Dr. Sean Barrett, Senior Lecturer in Economics, T.C.D., former Senator for the University of Dublin.
Professor David F. Fordex-Auditor, Regius Professor of Divinty at the University of Cambridge.
Mary Harneyex-Auditor, former Leader of the Progressive Democrats 1993-2006, and Tánaiste 1997-2006.
Richard Clarkeex-Record Secretary, Archbishop of Armagh
The Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Charletonex-Auditor, Justice of the Supreme Court
The Hon. Ms. Justice Iseult O’Malley, Justice of the Supreme Court
Donal Donovanex-Treasurer, former Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund
Adrian Langanex-Auditor, PR Consultant, first Irish winner of Young European of the Year