NUI Galway Alumni Award Winners 2009 - - March 6, 2009

Back row from left: Pádraig Ó Ceithearnaigh, Dr Brendan O’Connor, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Mike Higgins and Finian O’Sullivan. Front row from left: John Hegarty, Siún Nic Gearailt (MC), President Dr James J. Browne, Dr Catherine Caulfield and Professor Michael O’Brien.

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NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2009 Alumni Awards to be presented at the tenth annual Gala Banquet and Alumni Awards ceremony on Saturday, 7 March, 2009 in the Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University's more than 65,000 graduates worldwide. The awards programme boasts an impressive roll call of 57 outstanding graduates who have gone on to honour their alma mater, including, for example, Michael D. Higgins, the late Seamus Brennan, Sean O'Rourke, Professor Frank Gannon and Dr Luke Clancy.

The winners to be presented at Gala 2009:
Aer Arann Alumni Award for Sports Achievement and Leadership Ciaran FitzGerald BComm 1973 International Rugby Captain and Triple Crown Winner
AIB Alumni Award for Literature, Communication and the Arts Dr Brendan O'Connor BSc 1982, PhD 1985 Founder, Cois Cladaigh Choir
Bank of Ireland Alumni Award for Business and Commerce Mike Higgins BComm 1982 Managing Director, CIBC Real Estate Finance Group
Duais Hewlett-Packard don Ghaeilge Pádraig Ó Ceithearnaigh HDip in Education 1976 Leas-Ardstiúthóir Chomhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge
Medtronic Alumni Award for Healthcare and Medical Science Professor Michael O'Brien MB, BCh, BAO 1971, BSc 1973 Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Chief, Department of Anatomic Pathology, Boston Medical Center
NUI Galway Alumni Award for Law, Public Service and Government John Hegarty BSc 1969, PhD 1976 Provost, Trinity College Dublin Alumni Award for Engineering, IT and Mathematics Finian O'Sullivan BSc 1976 Founder and Former CEO, Burren Energy
Seavite Alumni Award for Natural Science Dr Catherine Caulfield BSc 1976, HDip in Ed 1977, PhD 2008 Chief Executive – Charles River Laboratories Preclinical Services Irl.

Speaking on the announcement of the Awards recipients, President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne said: "I am delighted to see the excellent calibre of the NUI Galway graduates to be honoured at the Gala Banquet in March. The Gala is a key event in the University's calendar and once again showcases the University's most outstanding and excellent graduates. Through the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards Programme, we celebrate the achievements of not only the winners but many generations of students who remain connected to their alma mater. I thank the sponsor companies who, through their generosity, make the Alumni Awards possible each year".