Nominations for the Alumni Awards 2022 are now closed. 

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among our 120,000 alumni based in 100 countries around the globe and boasts an impressive roll call of 125 outstanding alumni.  Among the distinguished honorees are President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins; Olympian Olive Loughnane; Rugby great Ciarán FitzGerald; Tony Award-winning actor, Marie Mullen; former Attorney General Máire Whelan; Aedhmar Hynes, former CEO of Text 100; and Adrian Jones of Goldman Sachs.

Congratulations to our 2021 Alumni Awardees. 

Alumni Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies - Actor Nicola Coughlan

Alumni Award for Business and Commerce - Áine Ní Chonghaile, Director of Europus, Fulbright Scholar and Author

Alumni Award for Law, Public Policy and Government - Antoinette Cunningham, General Secretary, Association of Garda Sergeants

Alumni Award for Engineering and Science and Technology - Professor Mark Costello, Professor in Marine Ecology at Nord University, Norway

Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences - Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, Health Service Executive

Alumni Award for Contribution to Sport - John Prenty, Connacht GAA Secretary

Gradam Alumni don Ghaeilge - Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Music Organiser and Presenter, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, "At NUI Galway, we are a university for the public good, with a shared vision, shaped by our values. For 175 years our University has educated graduates of the highest calibre who have gone on to have significant impact in their field of endeavour in Ireland and internationally. I congratulate each of the award winners and look forward to welcoming them back to their alma mater in 2022"

Click here to view the acceptance speeches from our 2021 Alumni Award Winners.

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