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NUI Galway Announce 2021 Alumni Award Winners

NUI Galway graduates in the worlds of the arts, sport, public service, Irish language and also academia are among the distinguished recipients of the University’s 2021 Alumni Awards.

Seven former students have been recognised in this year’s awards. This is in recognition of their individual excellence and in addition, their achievements:

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President of NUI Galway spoke about the award. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “We’re 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. They have gone on to have significant impact in their field of endeavour in Ireland and in addition, internationally. I congratulate each of the award winners and look forward to welcoming them back to their alma mater in 2022.”

Due to the pandemic, the awards have been presented to this year’s recipients. NUI Galway will invite them back to their alma mater to mark the award in 2022.

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What are the NUI Galway Alumni Awards?

First introduced in 2001 the NUI Galway Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements. This is among the University’s more than 120,000 graduates. They boast an impressive roll call of more than 100 outstanding alumni. These alumni have gone on to make an impact in their chosen field. In doing so, they honour their alma mater.

Among the distinguished honourees 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 also Adrian Jones of Goldman Sachs.

NUI Galway is also announcing that the 2022 Alumni Awards are now open for nominations. Therefore these awards will recognise an alumnus or alumna who have made an outstanding contribution in their area of endeavour. This is along with them making a significant impact in their field for instance.

To make a nomination visit or email

View short video of Alumni Award Winner, Nicola Coughlan here:


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