The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s more than 80,000 graduates worldwide. The Alumni Awards programme boasts an impressive roll call of outstanding graduates who have gone on to honour their alma mater, including President Michael D. Higgins, Olympian Olive Loughnane, Rugby great Ciarán FitzGerald, RTÉ broadcaster Sean O’Rourke, Attorney General Máire Whelan, Former Creganna CEO, Helen Ryan and Tony Award-winning actress, Marie Mullen.
The winners of the six alumni awards to be presented at Gala 2017:
Alumni Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies sponsored by Galway University Foundation - Mike McCormack, Irish novelist and short story writer.
Alumni Award for Business and Commerce sponsored by Bank of Ireland
- Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia.
Alumni Award for Law, Public Policy and Government – sponsored by Ronan Daly Jermyn
Dr Tom Courtney, Corporate Partner in Arthur Cox.
Alumni Award for Engineering, Science and Technology – sponsored by AIB
Anne Marie Farrell, Head of Behavioural Economics Research Global SMB Marketing, Google.
Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – sponsored by Medtronic
Dr Eileen Naughten, Retired Consultant Paediatrician.
Joint Alumni Award for Contribution to Sport – sponsored by Bank of Ireland
- Dr Eoghan Clifford, Paralympic medal winner and NUI Galway Lecturer
- Dr Deirdre Mongan, Paralympic Athlete