Alumni Awards Event

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.

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 - Author
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