Graduate Lives

Rachel Guerin (BBS 2010, GDip 2011) and Tony Foote (BBS 2008)

Rachel and Tony met as undergraduates at UL in 2008. “It was the University Concert Hall that brought us together, we both worked there part-time as front of house staff .” Following their wedding vows in 2015, the couple returned to the campus for some big day photography. They are working and living in Dublin, where Tony is business controller for Google Payments, while Rachel is on a career break from teaching. She is beginning a career with tech company, Zendesk, working in their finance team. 

John V Healy

BEng (Electronic Engineering) 1990

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, John is vice-president and general manager of data centre network solutions in the Data Centre Group at Intel Corporation. A specialist in network transformation, John has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the communications industry. The Limerick man first joined Intel in 2001 in Shannon, initially serving as marketing manager for network processors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Before joining Intel, John held various engineering management and business development roles at Telecom Éireann and Eircom Ltd. He is a chartered engineer in Ireland and a chartered European engineer. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he is a regular industry speaker and writer on topics related to network transformation, software defined infrastructure and NFV architecture. 

Alexandra Ryan

BA (New Media & English) 2011

An award-winning showbiz journalist, Alexandra is the founder and CEO of Goss Media -, and In addition to these entertainment websites, Alexandra is also a director, actress, writer and producer, creating short fi lms and TV formats under her production company, Sweet Rose Pictures. Before launching in 2014, Alexandra worked as a showbiz reporter for the Evening Herald and Irish Mail on Sunday. She is a previous winner of the NNI [now NewsBrand Ireland] Showbiz Journalist of the Year. During her time in UL, Alexandra worked for the Limerick Post and Spin South West.

David Egan

BSc (Industrial Chemistry) 1991

Originally from Carrickerry in County Limerick but now living in Amsterdam, David co-founded technology start-up Core Life Analytics. The company is based on data analytics software that was developed in his lab, the Cell Screening Core, at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). Core Life Analytics has recently signed an exclusive agreement with UMCU for the rights to commercialise this platform, HC StratoMineR, as a cloud-based service. David says, “biologists are generating ever larger and more complex data sets. Our services make it possible for them to rapidly analyse their own data, so that they can generate the knowledge that is needed for the development of the cures of tomorrow.”

JJ Hanrahan

BBS 2015

Kerry man JJ signed his fi rst professional contract with Munster Rugby in 2012. The out-half spent three seasons at the club, was nominated for the IRUPA Try of the Year award and won the Golden Boot Award in 2014 for his kicking average. He also secured caps at Under 20 level for Ireland and was nominated for IRB junior player of the year in 2012. JJ joined English Premiership side Northampton Saints in 2015. Later in 2017, after two seasons with Northampton, JJ will be returning to Munster on a two-year contract.

Clodagh Cavanagh

BBS 2003

As managing director of Abbey Machinery in County Tipperary, Clodagh runs the company founded in 1947 by her grandparents. Today, it is one of Ireland's most successful farm machinery companies, having recently moved to a 100,000 sq ft facility and exporting to markets in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, France, Iceland and the UK. Clodagh joined the company in 2004 as a trainee accountant and took over from her father as managing director in 2012. Based in Toomevara, Clodagh was a finalist for the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016. She and her husband, Steve Smyth, are expecting their second child in August.