Exceptional graduates honoured at DCU Alumni Awards

by Rachel Cunningham
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DCU graduates who have excelled across healthcare, law enforcement, Gaelic games, the arts and financial services were honoured at a celebration in The Helix at DCU’s Glasnevin campus last Friday.

The annual DCU Alumni Awards are presented to graduates who have made substantial achievements in their chosen fields or who have contributed in a significant way to the social, artistic or economic development of Ireland. 

The university’s community includes approximately 100,000 graduates based in 220 countries around the world.

This year, nine former students were recognised for their work. These included, Catherine Keogh, chief corporate affairs and brand officer at Kerry Food Group, and Rory Assandey, who founded La Ruche Health.

Suzanne Lindsay, Senior Intelligence Analyst with An Garda Síochána, Paula Melvin, president of Conradh na Gaeilge, and Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, an award-winning film and TV producer, were also celebrated for their respective achievements.

Suzanne Lindsay, Communications (1994), Humanities and Social Sciences

Additional award recipients were Derek Cleary, director of Localise National Youth Volunteers, Dearbháil Lawless, chief executive of AONTAS, Michael Murphy, head of sport at Atlantic Technical University Donegal, and Brian Walsh, who founded Réitigh in 2016 with two fellow DCU graduates.

Michael Murphy, PE with Biology (2013), Science and Health

“Our graduates are changemakers, people who embody our values, and who exemplify the can-do approach that is very much a part of the DCU DNA,” said Professor Daire Keogh, President of Dublin City University.

“The awardees’ accomplishments, across so many aspects of society, are not only a source of great  pride, but these exceptional individuals also help to inspire our students to strive for excellence, providing role models for future generations of DCU alumni.”

Featured Image: Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, producer of An Cailín Ciúin, pictured with her husband, director Colm Bairéad, at the DCU Alumni Awards.

Photo courtesy DCU

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