Track 1: His involvement in the Irish Family Planning Rights Association while lecturing in Trinity in the 1970s. His first research project in Trinity (1971): ‘The Isolation of a Gene.’ Track 2: Fellowship in Harvard for one year, working with Nobel prize-winner Walter Gilbert. Seeking funding for research from the Government. Elected to Fellowship of Trinity in 1978. Developments in biotechnology; his involvement with Biocon in Cork. Track 3: Working on a project for Guinness’s in the 1980s; the Guinness financial assistance which helped to fund his laboratory for several years. The historical background to the Genetics Department at Trinity College. Receiving government funding for research, the students involved and the successes achieved. Track 4: The election for Provostship following the early retirement of Provost Lyons. The funding provided to the Genetics Department by Dr Michael Smurfit. His appointment as Head of Department of Genetics in 1987.