DIT honours Dubliner Finbarr Flood

Former Guinness MD and Shelbourne FC star receives Honorary Doctorate

Dublin, 17 November 2012: Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has conferred the award of Honorary Doctorate on Finbarr Flood, former MD of Guinness and Chair of the Labour Court. The Award was conferred in recognition of Flood’s outstanding contribution to the worlds of business, sport, public service and community engagement. Mr. Flood was conferred with the award on Saturday, 17th November, 2012 in front of hundreds of students and their families at DIT’s Annual Graduation ceremony held in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Finbarr Flood, former MD of Guinness and Chair of the Labour Court who received an honorary doctorate

A true blue Dublin man, Finbarr Flood was born in Dublin’s Oxmantown Road in 1938. From his roots in inner city Dublin through to his contacts with many of the principal players in Irish public life, Finbarr Flood has garnered and retained great respect in his many fields of activity, including in his long career in Guinness, his chairmanship of the Labour Court and his sporting success as a professional footballer.

Finbarr Flood joined Guinness as a messenger boy at the age of 14, while developing a parallel career as a talented footballer. His astute reading of the game of commerce and the changing technological environment saw him move up through the ranks in Guinness until in 1989 he was appointed Managing Director. . In 1994, after four decades in the company, Flood retired from Guinness but his career didn’t stop there. He was appointed Deputy and later Chairman of the Labour Court, where he was associated with the resolution of many high-profile disputes. On retirement from the Court, he went on to write his auto-biography “In Full Flood” which was published in 2006. His association with football continued throughout, and in 2007 he stepped in as Chairman of Shelbourne FC when the club was in difficulty. Passionate about his native city, he was also asked to chair the Regeneration Boards at Fatima Mansions and at St. Michael’s in Inchicore, and to become the first Chair of the Grangegorman ‘Labour and Learning Forum’ recently established in Dublin 7, close to his roots in Oxmantown Road.

In conferring the award on Finbarr Flood, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said: “Finbarr is proud of his native city. He has seen great changes in society and in business, and he has been a change-maker. His multi-faceted career path has seen him travel from messenger to managing director, from negotiator to adjudicator, and from goalkeeper to club chairman. In the many roles he has played, he has made a difference.

The award of Honorary Doctorate in DIT is conferred on a small number of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution in their field. The Award is conferred at the annual DIT graduation ceremony and recipients are introduced as standard bearers for DIT graduates starting out on their careers. Mr. Flood was conferred in the company of DIT graduates of Business, accompanied by their families.

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Mary Kennedy and her daughter Eva Foster who graduated with a BA of Science in Business and Legal Studies

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Finbarr Flood, former MD of Guinness and Chair of the Labour Court receiving an honorary doctorate from DIT President Professor Brian Norton

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Ciara McCoy and Orla Magee who both graduated with a Higher Certificate in Retail Management and Marketing

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Orla Magee who graduated with a Higher Certificate in Retail Management and Marketing

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Finbarr Flood, former MD of Guinness and Chair of the Labour Court who received an honorary doctorate with his grandson Alex (9)

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