Former Ireland international rugby player Brian O'Driscoll, journalist Olivia O'Leary and archivist Catriona Crowe were among those awarded honorary degrees at Trinity College Dublin today.

They were among six people recognised for their contribution to society at a ceremony at the college.

They were awarded the college’s highest honour by the Chancellor of the University, Mary Robinson at a ceremony in Latin in the Public Theatre.

The most capped Irish rugby player and the second most capped in rugby union history, Brian O'Driscoll was awarded with a Doctor in Laws.

Having played 141 test matches he has scored 46 tries for Ireland, making him the highest try scorer of all time in Irish rugby.

He is the eighth highest try scorer in international rugby union history, and the highest scoring centre of all time.

Olivia O'Leary was also conferred with a Doctor in Laws. She hosted flagship programmes such as Today Tonight, Prime Time and Question & Answers. She also won awards for these programmes and BBC Radio 4's Between Ourselves.

Also writing for the Irish Times, Ms O'Leary became established as one of the most formidable reporters in political journalism.

A champion of public history and pre-eminent authority on the State's modern records, Catriona Crowe, who was Senior Archivist of the National Archives of Ireland until her retirement last year, was awarded a Doctor in Letters.

Throughout her career she has made an outstanding contribution to learning, most recently through her initiation and management of the 1911 online census project.