NUI Galway has announced that RTÉ broadcaster Gráinne Seoige will host this year’s Gala Ball and that this year’s guest speaker will be fellow RTÉ broadcaster and Chair of the NUI Galway Alumni Board, Seán O’Rourke.
Gráinne Seoige and Seán O’Rourke are two of the more than 80,000 graduates of NUI Galway worldwide. They are also among the 79 outstanding graduates such as President Michael D Higgins, Ciarán FitzGerald, Professor Frank Gannon and Dr Luke Clancy that have been honoured in this way.
The 2014 Alumni Award winners will be presented with their awards at the Gala Ball on Saturday 1 March in the Bailey Allen Wing located in Áras na Mac Léinn on campus.
The winners of the five alumni awards to be presented at Gala 2014 are; Norah Gibbons, Chairperson, Child and Family Agency, who will be awarded that Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies sponsored by AIB, Helen Ryan, Former CEO and Non-Executive Director of Creganna-Tactx Medical, who will receive the Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Michael McNicholas, CEO, Bord Gáis, who will receive the Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
Others awards include the Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences sponsored by Medtronic, which will got to Professor Ray Dolan, Professor of Neuropsychology, University College London and Head of the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, London, and the Alumni Award for Science sponsored by Aramark, which will go to Professor Gerard Jennings, Emeritus Professor, School of Physics, NUI Galway and former Director of the Environmental Change Institute, NUI Galway.