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11th Annual UL Alumni Awards
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Dr Mark Mantey
- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award  

Mr Patsy Carney
- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award - Business

Mr Jimmy Deenihan
- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award - Sport, Arts/Culture and overall Personal Achievement

Mr Tom Brennan
- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award - Business

University of Limerick Alumni have bestowed their highest honour on four of the university’s outstanding graduates at the 11th Annual UL Alumni Awards gala dinner held on Saturday, November 12.

Waterford-based Patsy Carney and Tom Brennan, co-founders of Eirgen Pharma were presented with a joint award for their contribution to business.  Former Minister for the Diaspora and All-Ireland winning Kerry footballer Jimmy Deenihan received a Personal Achievement Award for his contribution to art, culture and sport.  Ghanian Dr Mark Mantey, Director of the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre, an agency whose work is primarily based around the rehabilitation and reintegration of leprosy survivors and their families, was presented with a Humanitarian Award for his contribution to society.

The 2016 UL Alumni Awards celebration, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, took place at Limerick’s Strand Hotel, with UL alumna and Today FM senior news correspondent Juliette Gash as master of ceremonies.

More than 200 guests from the university, business and wider community attended this black-tie dinner which was also supported by Analog Devices Ireland, CoreHR, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ) Solicitors and Stryker Ireland.

UL President Professor Don Barry said, "The leadership skills, innovation, creativity and commitment to helping and improving the lives of others, make these alumni ideal examples of what it means to be a UL graduate and what it means to have the UL spirit. All four of them have made us incredibly proud”.  Professor Barry thanked the four award recipients "for representing our University so professionally throughout their careers and for inspiring our current students and your fellow alumni”.

Since its inception in 2006, 36 UL alumni have now been honoured at this annual awards celebration including: rugby legend Tony Ward; composer Patrick Cassidy; CEO and president (EMEA) of Kerry Ingredients Eoin O’Connell; former Riverdance star Jean Butler; former Chief Executive of the Kentz Corporation Dr Hugh O’Donnell; acclaimed Irish artist Alice Maher; Boeing Commercial Engineer of the Year Dr Pio Fitzgerald; former All-Ireland Kerry footballer Pat Spillane; entrepreneur and CEO of Dairymaster Dr Edmond Harty; former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, the late Lt. Gen. Dermot Earley; and, award-winning former Cork camogie captain and television personality Anna Geary.


 You are invited to read the inspiring stories behind each of the 2016 UL Alumni Award Recipients here (click on names below).

- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award - Sport, Arts & Culture and overall Personal Achievement 
- Outstanding Achievement UL Alumni Award - Business
- Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award -Society/Humanitarian


To view a slideshow of images from the night, click here



(Back row l-r) UL Alumna, Ms Juliette Gash form Today FM, Event MC, representing the Headline Sponsor (Bank of Ireland) Ms Liz Horgan, Ms Hilda Mulvihill (Stryker) Mr Diarmaid Gavin (Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors), Ms Majella O'Connell, Executive Director UL Alumni, Ms Catherine Wixted (GECAS)and Mr Peter Real (Analog Devices).  (Front row l-r) UL President, Prof Don Barry, 2016 UL Alumni Awards Recipients Dr Mark Mantey, Mr Patsy Carney, Mr Tom Brennan, Mr Jimmy Deenihan and UL Alumni Chairman Mr Bobby O'Connor. 


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