UL Alumni Honor Esteemed Graduates

By Christine Costello Nov 15, 2018
10-11-18 UL Alumni Awards 2018.Michael Kelly, Outstanding Achivement, Society, Professor Brigid Laffan, Outstanding Achivement, Academia and Niall Browne, Outstanding Achivement, Business.Picture: Keith Wiseman

UL Alumni honoured three esteemed graduates at the 13th Annual UL Alumni Awards Gala Dinner last Saturday.


This annual event celebrates the outstanding achievements of graduates of the University of Limerick.


Those honoured at the event include Business leader Niall Browne, renowned Academic Prof. Brigid Laffan and Social Entrepreneur Michael Kelly


UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “This event is very much a celebration of the achievements and contributions of three amazing people.”


The 2018 UL Alumni Awards celebration, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, took place at Limerick’s Castletroy Park Hotel, with UL alumna Juliette Gash, Multimedia Reporter with RTE as Event MC.


Over 200 guests attended the black tie dinner, supported by Analog Devices Ireland, Cantor Fitzgerald, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ) Solicitors and Stryker Ireland.


The three honourees were awarded for their respective achievements in the fields of business, academia and society.


Niall Browne was awarded for his contributions to Business as CEO of Dawn Meats, an Irish company with operations across the globe.


Prof. Brigid Laffan was honoured for her contributions to Academia as Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


Michael Kelly was honoured for his contributions to Society on the back of his not-for-profit  organisation, Grow it Yourself (GIY) with over 500,000 clients across Ireland.


Since its inception in 2006, forty-three UL alumni have now been honoured including rugby legend Tony Ward, composer Patrick Cassidy and former Riverdance star Jean Butler.



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