Irish man of West Kerry descent knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

A man of West Kerry descent was today knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Ciarán Devane – the man credited with transforming the UK’s biggest cancer support organisation Macmillian – was knighted in the Queen of England’s birthday honours list. Ciarán Devane grew up in Dublin but his late father Mike Devane hailed from Baile Beag in Ventry. His mother is Eileen hails from Dún Síon and is the sister of legendary GAA broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. ciarán devane During his time with MacMillian, Mr Devane helped bring about major policy change within the organisation, which supports up to five million people with cancer in the UK annually. Mr Devane joined Van Morrison, Kevin Spacey and Lenny Henry who were among those knighted by Queen Elizabeth II today. Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmanye were also recognised – each receiving a CBE and an OBE respectively. Dr William Frankland has been awarded an MBE for research into allergies – including use of the pollen count. Dr Frankland is 103-years old – and is still working.

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