Congratulations to Martin who passed his PhD viva voce exam yesterday! This is culmination of 4 years of research for Martin. We had a party to celebrate of course. The examination was conducted by Prof. Marc Lecouvey (Univ. Paris 13) as the external examiner and Prof. Pat Guiry (UCD) as the internal examiner, with Prof Mike Casey (UCD) as chair. In the afternoon Prof. Lecouvey gave a seminar on his own research on “The Synthesis of Bisphosphorylated Compounds and their Applications in Biomedicine“. Martin’s PhD was sponsored by the Irish Research Council under a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. Some of his PhD has been published in Synthesis last year and more publications will follow.