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Kieran Murphy PWC and former Cork Hurler

I graduated from LIT as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. One of the things that attracted me to the course was its reputation as one of the most respected courses of its kind, with an international standing.

After graduating, I went on to be part of the management teams on major projects, including the development of Opera Lane in Cork city centre.

My time in LIT was very enjoyable. My lecturers were always available to me, and being in LIT felt like being part of a community.

The college supported me in my inter-county hurling career, and I was part of two LIT Fitzgibbon Cup winning teams. I now work with PWC, the largest professional services firm in Ireland.

For me, it started in LIT

Quantity Surveyor at PWC
Former Cork & LIT Captain
2 Fitzgibbon Cups, 3 Munster Titles, 2 All Irelands
BSc Quantity Surveying


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