The pupils, teachers and governors would like to congratulate our former pupil, Professor John McCanny CBE, who has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for services to Higher Education and Economic Development.
Professor McCanny is an international authority on silicon chip architectures for Digital Signal Processing and Digital Security, who led the initiative to create the Centre for Secure Information Technology, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Cybersecurity. He also developed the vision to create the Northern Ireland Science Park, which transformed a brownfield site into a science and technology hub where over 2,500 people are now employed. He has founded two high technology companies based on the work of his research teams and has served on numerous committees of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Irish Academy.
Speaking at the School’s Prize Day in 1998, Professor McCanny reminisced, “I have many fond memories of Dalriada including the many lasting friendships I made, the sporting activities in which I was involved, the fun associated with the Shakespeare play and, most importantly, the education I received. This was to form the foundation of my future career.”