This week UCC held its annual prize-giving ceremony in the College of Business and Law. The event marked the inaugural awarding of the James Quirk Memorial Prize in Sports Economics.
James (Jim) Patrick Quirk (November 27, 1926 – June 4, 2020) was a Caltech Professor of Economics. He was also Professor of Economics at the University of Kansas and is widely regarded in the field of sports economics. Prof Quirk was one of the first ever “sports economists” and made his seminal contributions to the subject, as early as the 1970s, which continued for the next 40 years.
Prof Quirk is of Irish decent and the Quirk estate are pleased to support an annual prize in University College Cork’s “Economics of Sport” module to remember the lifetime of contributions made to this field. This award is presented to the student with the best academic performance annually in EC3219.
The inaugural winner was BA (Economics) graduate Shane Kelleher pictured below with the Dean of Cork University Business School Professor Thia Hennessy.
Well done Shane!