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Cherishing all the Children?  :: Wednesday 9th April, Dublin

cherishing all the children7:30pm :: Wednesday 9th April, 2014
Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, 9, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

An Interview with
Judge Yvonne Murphy
Chairperson, Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (Murphy Report) 2009, Chairperson, Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne 2011, former Circuit Court Judge.

Norah Gibbons
Chairperson, Child and Family Agency, Member Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse 2000-2009 (Ryan Report), Former Director of Advocacy, Barnardos.

Presented by Mairéad Ní Nuadháin, RTÉ

Booking Necessary. RSVP by Friday, 4th April. BOOK ONLINE HERE or by Telephone at 091-492721

Alumni and guests welcome. Dress Code: No Jeans. Jacket Required.


Michael Davitt Museum Tour and Lunch :: Saturday 26th April

Davitt Museum Tour11am :: Saturday 26th April, 2014
Michael Davitt Museum, Sráide, Foxford, Co Mayo

Pre-tour talk with
Bernard O'Hara BComm 1979, MBA 1980, LLB 1985

Author of
Davitt: Irish Patriot and Father of the Land League

€10 per person (includes light lunch)

An ideal opportunity to meet with other Mayo-based (and further afield) Galway graduates.

Click here to book online
or Telephone 091-492721 by Thursday, 24th April
Alumni, Guests and Friends Welcome


NUI Gaway Donegal Alumni Club Launch :: Thursday 6th March, Letterkenny

donegal alumni launchLaunch of the NUI Gaway Donegal Alumni Club

Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny
7:30pm, Thursday 6th March

Inaugural networking and social event for all NUI Galway Graduates

Come along and meet up with former classmastes, NUI Galway staff and graduates from all over Donegal.

Key Address
Networking through the Digital Revolution
Joanne Sweeney-Burke BA 2000, HDip 2001, MA 2003

All NUI Galway Alumni and friends welcome

To register, please click here

or telephone 091-493750 / email for more information


Alumni Awards and Gala Banquet 2014 :: Saturday 1st March, 2014

Nui Galway Gala 2014MC, Gráinne Seoige :: Guest Speaker, Sean O’Rourke, RTÉ

The evening will feature a five course meal and will be followed by dancing with Keith McDonald and band

For ticket and booking information contact the Alumni Office 091-492972 or email

Single tickets and tables of 10 or 12 available

The winners of the five alumni awards to be presented at Gala 2014:

Alumni Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies sponsored by AIB
Norah Gibbons, Chairperson, Child and Family Agency.

Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law – sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Helen Ryan, Former CEO and Non-Executive Director of Creganna-Tactx Medical.

Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics – sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Michael McNicholas, CEO, Bord Gáis.

Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – sponsored by Medtronic
Professor Ray Dolan, Professor of Neuropsychology, University College London and Head of the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, London.

Alumni Award for Science – sponsored by Aramark
Professor Gerard Jennings, Emeritus Professor, School of Physics, NUI Galway and former Director of the Environmental Change Institute, NUI Galway.

For ticket and booking information contact the Alumni Office on 091-492972 or email or book online here. Single tickets and tables of 10 or 12 available.


Alumni Awards 2013


A celebration of the achievements of NUI Galway's alumni took place in the Bailey Allen Hall on March 9th with special guest An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD. Over 450 people gathered for the 13th Annual Gala Banquet, a glamorous occasion hosted by MC on the night Gráinne Seoige. Among the guests were alumni, staff, students and friends of the University.

The centrepiece of the night was the presentation of the Alumni Awards to:
Dr Mary D'Alton, MD, Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Columbia's College and Surgeons, who received the award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences sponsored by Medtronic;
Adrian Jones, Managing Director, Principal Investment Area, Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs, who received the award for Business, Public Policy and Law sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Dr Seamus Kavanagh, Vice-President Global Innovation and Technology Development, Hollister Incorporated, who received the award for Science sponsored by ARAMARK;
Joyce McGreevy, author and a Supervising Editor for the Academic Division of National Geographic who received the award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies sponsored by AIB; and
Hugh O'Donnell, Saipem S.p.A. Deputy CEO and COO Drilling who received the award for Engineering and Informatics sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Speaking at the event, incoming Chair of the NUI Galway Alumni Association Board, RTÉ broadcaster Sean O'Rourke remarked: "Is there an institution in the world which surpasses NUI Galway for the affection it holds in the hearts of its alumni? All over the world you will find our graduates making a contribution in great ways and small."


Gerry Kilcommins BTech 1983
Mike Conroy BE 1984
Dr Brian Moran BE 1980, MEngSc 1982
Finian O’Sullivan BSc 1976
John Ryan Physics and Mathematics 1962-1965
Paddy & Tom Coffey BE 1967/1969
Noel Fogarty BE 1984, HDip in Eng 1989
Anne Butler BE 1976
Tom Costello BE 1979
John McGowan BE 1970
Áine Brazil BE 1977
Eamon Corcoran BE 1971

Máire Whelan BA 1978, LLB 1980
Gabriel D’Arcy BSc 1981
Margaret Sweeney BComm 1981
Mike Higgins BComm 1982

Brian Joyce BA 1962, BComm 1962, HDipEd 1963
Irial Finan BComm 1977
Maria Mahon BComm 1990
Declan Kelly BA 1989
Dr Ronan Lambe BSc 1959, MSc 1963, PhD 1976
Pádraig Ó Céidigh BComm 1978
Hugh Friel BComm 1966, HDip Ed 1967
Michael Maloney BA 1985

Professor Tim O'Brien MB BCH BAO 1975
Dr Brian Griffin MB BCH BAO 1979
Professor Rose Anne Kenny MB BCh BAO 1977, BAO 1986
Professor Michael O’Brien MB, BCh, BAO 1971, BSc 1973
Dr Frank Giles MB, BCh, BAO 1982, MD 2003
Professor Pat Gullane MB, BCh, BAO 1970
Professor Donald McDonnell BSc 1983
Professor Orla Conneely BSc 1977, MSc 1981, PhD 1983
Professor Fred Given MB, BCh, BAO 1967, MCh 1981
Professor Maurice Manning BSc 1957
Dr Luke Clancy BSc 1963, MB, BCh, BAO 1966
Dr Jerry Cowley MB, BCh, BAO 1976

Marie Mullen BA 1974 MA (h.c.) 1999
John Walshe BA 1968, HDip in Ed 1969
Gerard Donovan BA 1983, MA 1988
Dr Brendan O’Connor BSc 1982, PhD 1985
Julian Gough BA 1988
Seán O’Rourke BA 1977
Dr Pat Wallace BA 1969
John Coll BSc 1979
Michael D. Higgins BA 1965, BComm 1966
Sean McGinley BA 1976
Eddie Lenihan BA 1973, HDipEd 1975, MA 1978
Formerly the AIB Award for Literature, Communications and the Arts
Award sponsored by Hewlett-Packard from 2000–2004

Dr John Hegarty PhD 1976
Seamus Brennan BComm 1968, BA 1969
Brian O’Donnell BA 1974, LLB 1976
Her Honour, Judge Mary Faherty BA 1982, LLB 1984
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier BA 1964
Dr Eamonn Hall LLB 1974
HE Seán O’hUiginn BA 1966

Peadar Mac an Iomaire BA 1966, MA 1979
Pádraig Ó hAoláin LLB 1985
Pádraig Ó Ceithearnaigh HDip in Education 1976
Grainne Seoige BA 1995 HDip Applied Communications 1996
Mairéad Ní Nuadháin BA 1974
Máire Mhic Uidhir BA 1969, HDip in Education 1970
Daithí Mac Cárthaigh BA 1989, MA 1995, LLB 1996
Pádraig Feirtéar BSc 1974, ATO 1975, MSc 1977

Professor Fergal O'Gara BSc 1971, PhD 1974
Dr Paul Duffy BSc 1986, PhD 1992
Dr Catherine Caulfield BSc 1976, HDip in Ed 1977, PhD 2008
Dr Peter Heffernan BSc 1981, MSc 1986
Dr Reg Shaw BSc 1971, PhD 1974
Professor Frank Gannon BSc 1970
Professor Frank Imbusch BSc 1956, MSc 1958
Professor Emer Colleran BSc 1967, PhD 1971

Colm Murray BA 1972
Ciarán FitzGerald BComm 1973
Joe McDonagh BA Celtic Studies 1974, HDip in Ed 1978

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