Annual Alan Howard Memorial Lecture at SETU

The annual Alan Howard Memorial Lecture was given on Friday, 18 August from 10am to 1pm at Carriganore House, South East Technological University (SETU) West Campus, Waterford Ireland.

The Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), led by Professor John Nolan Howard Chair of Human Nutrition, is based at Carriganore House where the Howard Foundation has supported research into the benefits of macular carotenoids for eye and brain heath over the past fourteen years.

The event featured the unveiling of a Waterford Civic Trust Heritage Blue Plaque in honour of Dr Mary Strangman who was born at Carriganore House in 1872.

Please click the image/link below to view the recording of this event.

Click above to view the recording from Friday 18 August 2023

The event began at 10am with a welcome address from Professor Veronica Campbell, the President of SETU, followed by Dr Marina Green, deputy director of the NRCI. Mrs Julie Lambert and Mr Jon Howard then spoke on behalf of The Howard Foundation. The memorial lecture about the life of Dr Mary Strangman was given in two parts: the first by Dr Eugene Broderick, historian with the Waterford Civic Trust, who spoke about her political life, and the second by Mrs Ann Fitzgerald, historian with the Waterford Women’s Centre, who spoke about her personal life.

The lectures were followed by the unveiling of the Heritage Blue Plaque outside Carriganore House.

The unveiling of the plaque by Mrs Mary O’Halloran (former First Lady Mayor of Waterford City)
Pictured are (L-R) Jon Howard (HF), Dr Marina Green (Deputy Director NRCI), Julie Lambert (HF), Cllr Joe Conway (Mayor of Waterford), Professor Veronica Campbell (President SETU), Dr Eugene Broderick (Historian, Waterford Civic Trust), Professor John Nolan (Director NRCI), Matt Shanahan (Waterford TD).

Click here to read the full press release on the SETU website

Dr Mary Strangman

Medical and public health pioneer, Dr Mary Strangman.
Photo courtesy The Poole Photographic Collection.

Born in 1872 at Carriganore House, Dr Strangman became a doctor, a champion of public health and better housing, a suffragist and the first woman to be elected to Waterford Corporation in January 1912.

In recognition of her notable achievements, particularly around public health, the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and Waterford Civic Trust are set to unveil a plaque at her historical family home.

Click here to read the full announcement in the Waterford News.

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