University of Galway has announced the winners of the 2022 Alumni Awards to be presented at a black tie Gala Banquet in the Bailey Allen Hall, University of Galway on Friday, October 21 at 7pm. 

The highlight of the evening, which has established itself as a premier national event and one of the key social occasions in the West of Ireland, is the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards. The University of Galway Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s 120,000 graduates worldwide. The awardees are leaders who have demonstrated impact and excellence in their fields on a local, national and international level. Among the distinguished recipients of the Alumni Awards are President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Gráinne Seoige, Aedhmar Hynes, Eamon Gilmore and Máire Whelan, Ciarán FitzGerald, Olive Loughnane, Marie Mullen and Nicola Coughlan. 

Tickets are €150 per person. Click here to book your tickets online for the Alumni Awards Gala Banquet 2022. 

We are delighted to announce the 2022 recipients, who now take their place in an impressive roll call of more than 100 outstanding alumni award recipients…

Tom Kenny, BSc 1966, Director of Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Gallery, Galway 

Alumni Award for Arts, Literature & Celtic Studies, sponsored by Deloitte.  

Tom Kenny

Aifric Keogh, BSc 2014, Irish Rowing’s first women’s Olympic Medal 

Alumni Award for Contribution to Sport, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Aifric

Dr Marie Healy, MB BCh BAO 1982, Director of Critical Care and Divisional Director of the Surgical Directorate, Royal London Hospital 

Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, sponsored by Medtronic.

 

Mary-Ellen McGroarty, BA 1987, LLB 1993, LLM 2019 and Representative Country Director for the World Food Program, Afghanistan 

Alumni Award for Law, Public Policy, and Society, sponsored by RDJ.  

 

Mark Butler, BSc 1987, Executive VP - European Operations, R&D and Strategy, Merit Medical Systems Inc

Alumni Award for Engineering, Science and Technology.

 

Ger Rabbette, BComm 1984, CEO of Uniphar PLC

Alumni Award for Business and Commerce, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Ger

 

Ré Ó Laighléis, BA 1978, Writer, Director of An Scríobhlann

Gradam Alumni don Ghaeilge, sponsored by University of Galway

 

Catherine Ludden, PhD 2014, Director of Operations for the Covid-19 Genomics UK Consortium

Alumni Award for Emerging Leaders (New for 2022)