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Belfast-born, Professor Dermot Diamond has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) today for his services to science and his influence in traditional music.

He is internationally recognised for his work in science and is the director at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at Dublin City University. He has published over 300 peer reviewed papers in international science journals, is a named inventor in 19 patents and is the co-author and editor five books.

A traditional musician specialising in Irish and American fiddle music, his diverse repertoire and style continue to be influential and inspirational within the traditional music community. He has broadcast regularly on radio and TV, has toured with well-known artists including Dolores Keane, John Faulkner and Paddy Keenan.

The centrality of family within tradition is epitomised in Dermot’s artistic practice and he performs regularly with his son and daughter, who are noted fiddle players/singers.

Dermot is a board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA); the world’s largest repository of Irish music, where he is responsible for advising on the digitisation of materials held.

Dermot said:

“I would like to thank Ulster University, for bestowing me with an honorary degree in recognition of my career in science and music. I am very grateful to my colleagues at Dublin City University, and particularly the INSIGHT Centre, and the National Centre for Sensor Research, who have shown me continual support for many years. I am very fortunate to be part of a remarkable family, Tara, Helen, Danny and Anna, all of whom share my love of music. My heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of 2018 - I wish you every success in your future endeavours.”