Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain, Roy Keane is conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Law by the National University of Ireland (NUI) in his native Cork.

At a ceremony held in University College Cork (UCC), Mayfield's famous son Roy Keane was honoured for his contribution to Irish life. Wearing his conferring gowns, the newly appointed Dr Roy Keane emerged from UCC's Aula Maxima to roars of approval from the hundreds of students and fans gathered to see their hero.

The Manchester United midfielder confessed he felt humbled and proud to accept the award.

I never thought I’d make it to UCC to be honest, growing up in Mayfield, but having said that I’ve been very fortunate in my career.

Roy Keane was nominated for the award by President of UCC Professor Gerry Wrixon and presented with his doctorate by the Chancellor of the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald. Keane’s proud parents Mossie and Marie were among those attending the conferring ceremony. 

Not one to rest on his laurels, Keane will be returning to Old Trafford for Manchester United’s last Premiership game of the season against Charlton Athletic.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 May 2002. The reporter is Paschal Sheehy.