Ralph O’Flaherty has worked in The School of Engineering, UCC for more than 20 years; coming to the education sector from a background of retail management. Prior to that Ralph worked alongside founder Ann Dowley Spillane in the Cork Motor Tax Office.
However it was Ralph’s long standing friendship with General Manager Linda Goggin James that brought him to the Cork Cancer Care Centre for help when his mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2018. Both Ralph and his mum used the services of the Centre.
Ralph became a volunteer and ambassador for the Centre in 2019, assisting with public events and helping to raise the Centre’s profile particularly amongst the University community.
In 2020 Ralph was humbled and honoured to accept the position of Director when asked by Linda Goggin James, to Ralph it felt like coming full circle