NUI Galway Announce 2015 Alumni Award Winners

Olive Loughnane
Feb 11 2015 Posted: 15:11 GMT

World Gold Medallist and Four Time Olympian Olive Loughnane among Awardees

NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2015 Alumni Awards to be presented at the 15th annual Alumni Awards Gala Banquet on Saturday, 7 March, 2015 in the Bailey Allen Wing located in Áras na Mac Léinn on campus.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s more than 90,000 graduates worldwide. The Awards programme boasts an impressive roll call of outstanding graduates who have gone on to honour their alma mater, including, for example, President Michael D. Higgins, Rugby great Ciarán FitzGerald, RTÉ broadcaster Sean O’Rourke, Attorney General Máire Whelan, former Creganna CEO, Helen Ryan, Tony Award-winning actress, Marie Mullen and Gráinne Seoige.

The winners of the six alumni awards to be presented at Gala 2015:

Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies - sponsored by AIB
- Dr Tom Mitchell, Former Provost, Trinity College Dublin.

Alumni Award for Business and Commerce – sponsored by Bank of Ireland
- Catriona O’Farrell, Former CEO, Fintrax Group.

Alumni Award for Law, Public Policy and Government – sponsored by Bank of Ireland
- Ms Justice Carmel Stewart, Judge of the High Court.

Alumni Award for Engineering, Science and Technology – sponsored by Aramark
- Pearse Mee, IT Entrepreneur, founder of AMT-SYBEX.

Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – sponsored by Medtronic
- Dr Morgan O’Connell, retired Medical Officer for the Royal Navy, Consultant Psychiatrist and specialist in PTSD.

Alumni Award for Contribution to Sport – sponsored by Galway University Foundation
- Olive Loughnane, Olympic athlete and World Champion, Irish race walker.

Speaking on the announcement of the Awards recipients, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne said: “Our Alumni Awards programme recognises the many Galway alumni who are leaders in their chosen fields. These awards celebrate the life-long value of an NUI Galway education and recognise individual achievements among the University’s more than 90,000 graduates worldwide. I congratulate each of the Award winners and look forward to welcoming them back to campus for the Gala Banquet in March.”

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