2020 Alumni Awardees

2020 DCU Alumni Awards Ceremony

The annual DCU Alumni Awards took place on Wednesday, 8th July 2020. The virtual ceremony, hosted by Zainab Boladale (BA Journalism, 2017), celebrated the wonderful achievements of our alumni across the world. With eleven awardees added to the Alumni Wall and six awardees for outstanding achievement, we had a fantastic evening of celebration, entertainment and recognition of our DCU community.

Universities choose their Mission Statements very carefully. At DCU we are dedicated to 'Transforming Lives and Society'. Each year the Alumni Awards provide us with an opportunity to honour our extraordinary graduates who have done that through their profession and passion. In honouring them we renew the commitment to our great mission, and we celebrate our graduates as an inspiration to students, staff, and supporters.

- Professor Dáire Keogh, President

Please relive our virtual Alumni Awards ceremony by watching the broadcast below.

2020 Alumni Awards Booklet

2020 Alumni Awards Recipients

Alumni Wall

The Alumni Wall Awards are dedicated to role models for current students due to success in a field of importance for the university and are selected by their respective Faculty of study.

DCU Business School


 Caoimhe de Barra 

 CEO of Trócaire

 BA International Marketing and Languages, DCU, 1992


 Daire Browne 

 COO Global Research for Bank of America  

 MSc Investment and Treasury, DCU, 1994

DCU Institute of Education


 Dr Michael Finneran 

 Head of Department, Drama and Theatre Studies, Mary Immaculate College, (University of Limerick)

 BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1996

 Prof Dympna Devine 

 Full Professor of Education and Director of the PhD in Children and Youth Studies, University College Dublin

 BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1984

Faculty of Engineering and Computing

 Eleanor Hayes Meritt 

 Senior Vice President at Oracle

 BSc Computer Applications, DCU, 1990

 John Martin 

 President, The Cavan Group

 BEng Electronic Engineering, DCU, 1986

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


 Colonel Mark Hearns 

 Director of Logistics and Court Martials Administrator, Irish Defence Forces

 MA International Relations, DCU, 2002


 Áine Kerr 

 Co-Founder and COO, Kinzen

 BEd, St Patrick's College, 2002 and MA Journalism, DCU, 2005

Faculty of Science and Health

 Angela Okemena Unufe-Kennedy 

 Founder of Migrant and Minority Disability Network Europe (MMDNE)

 BSc Nursing (Intellectual Disability), DCU, 2013


 Conor Burke 

 Director of Innovation and Systems Engineering, Global Device Engineering at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals 

 BSc Physics with French, DCU,1999 and PhD Physics (Research), DCU, 2004

DCU Connected


 Anthony Bolton 

 CIO and CTO Global Telecommunications, End User Services and Infrastructure in General Motors

 BA Humanities, DCU, 2007 and MSc Internet Systems, DCU, 2010 (Oscail)

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Achievement Awards recognise outstanding achievement at a national or international level in a thematic area and are selected by the President and the Alumni Office.

Arts, Culture and Creativity

 Pat McCabe 


 BEd, St Patrick’s College, 1974

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


 Daráine Mulvihill 

 Reporter / Researcher, Radió Teilifís Éireann

 BA Communication Studies, DCU, 2005

Innovation and Technology

 Sinéad Strain 

 Head of Global Markets Trading Platform and Marquee Engineering, Goldman Sachs 

 BSc Computer Applications, DCU, 1992


 David Lloyd 

 Vice-Chancellor and President at University of South Australia

 BSc Applied Chemistry, DCU, 1995 and PhD Chemistry (Research), DCU, 1999

Societal Impact

  Mary Mulvihill, 1959-2015 (posthumously) 

 Science writer and broadcaster,  Founder of Women in Technology and Science.

 Graduate Diploma in Journalism, DCU, 1988


 Tadhg Furlong 

 Professional Rugby Player (British and Irish Lions, Ireland and Leinster)

 Bachelor of Business Studies, DCU, 2014