The Derry-born head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, is to be the latest recipient of St Columb’s College’s Alumnus Illustrissimus award.
The prestigious honour is awarded to distinguished past pupils and former winners include Nobel laureates John Hume and Seamus Heaney, European Cup winner Martin O’Neill, recently-deceased playwright Brian Friel and critically-acclaimed musician Paul Brady.
Dr Martin, a former President of the Buncrana Road college, will be presented with the award at the annual get-together of the St Columb’s Past Pupils’ Union at the City Hotel in Derry on November 6.
The Archbishop, who was reared in the Pennyburn district of the city, was a pupil at the school between 1973 and 1980 and its president from 2000 to 2008.
He was installed as Primate of All Ireland two years ago.