Offaly native Ronan Scully (right) pictured today after receiving his honorary degree from the University of Galway President, Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh. (Photo: Ollscoil na Gaillimhe | University of Galway)

Clara's Ronan Scully awarded honorary degree for his humanitarian work

Clara native Ronan Scully has received a special honour from the University of Galway in recognition of his work over the years as a humanitarian, volunteer and charity fund-raiser.

At the university's conferring ceremonies today (Monday), Ronan was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

A proud Offaly man who has developed strong ties with his adopted home of Galway, Ronan is known for his compassion and hard work as a volunteer and programme co-ordinator in developing countries.

This has included roles with GOAL and with Self Help Africa in order to assist people in some of the poorest parts of the world.

He was one of four people chosen to receive honorary degrees at the University of Galway's winter conferring ceremonies. These also included activist and playwright Margaretta D'Arcy; film director and producer Lelia Doolan; and the medical doctor, barrister and public representative Dr Jerry Cowley.

In this video, shared by the University, Ronan spoke of his pride at receiving this prestigious recognition.

"I'm delighted for myself, for my family, but also for all the people that I've worked with over the years, all the organisations and all the great people in this organisations."

You can watch the video clip here: