Dr Catherine Day

Foundation Day Medalist

Dr Catherine Day has had an astounding impact on the European Union landscape. Since graduating from UCD with a BA in 1974 and a Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Integration in 1975, she has carried out incredibly influential work within the EU, resulting in an honorary Doctorate in Law from UCD in 2004.
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DERMOT WELD

VETERINARY MEDICINE

Racehorse Trainer
Mr Weld is globally admired for his accomplishments as one of Ireland's most successful racehorse trainers. Mr. Weld is also a dedicated veterinarian and Ambassador for Veterinary Education and Research.
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DR DAVE BURKE

ENGINEERING

VP for Engineering in Google
Dr Burke developed an online service called “Street Wise”, one of the world’s first mobile maps applications and now leads a team of over 300 engineers at Google.
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DR JIM SHERIDAN

ARTS

Director
Dr Sheridan is one of the most celebrated film directors in the world. An Arts graduate who has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning films.
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DR PATRICK BRADLEY

MEDICINE

Leading Surgeon
Dr Bradley is widely recognised for his work and research in otorhinolaryngology: head and neck surgery. He has been appointed to the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology and delivers lectures across the globe.
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DR TONY HOLOHAN

PUBLIC HEALTH

Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Children
For over eight years, as Chief Medical Officer, Dr Holohan has had an instrumental role in health policy for this country, including the ambitious cross-sectoral Healthy Ireland Initiative. He is regarded as a leader in the practice of evidence-based Public Health Medicine in Ireland
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FR PETER McVERRY

SCIENCE

Social Activist
Fr McVerry is being honoured for dedicating his life to fighting poverty and homelessness. In 2013, the Peter McVerry Trust worked with almost 3,600 vulnerable youths.
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MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN

LAW

Broadcaster
Ms O’Callagan is receiving the award for her contribution to broadcasting. She has been the presenter of RTÉ’s leading current affairs show, Prime Time since 1996 and won an IFTA for Best TV personality.
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NÓIRÍN O’SULLIVAN

BUSINESS

Garda Comissioner
With nearly 30 years professional policing experience, Ms O’Sullivan made history last November when she became the first female Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.
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ORLAITH BLANEY

SOCIAL SCIENCE

CEO, McCann Blue
Ms Blaney is receiving the Social Science award for her contribution to Irish advertising industry. When Orlaith was appointed managing director, at 32, she was the youngest and only MD of an international network agency in Ireland.​
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RENA BUCKLEY

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Chartered Physiotherapist and GAA Superstar
Ms Buckley is recognised for her commitment to both sport and health. Ms Buckley is a Chartered Physiotherapist and one of the most decorated players in GAA history, having won 14 All-Ireland medals.
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TOM TYNAN

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SCIENCE

Mr Tynan is celebrated for his phenomenal career in agriculture including his recent appointment to the cabinet of EU Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan.
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VIRGINIA PYE

NURSING, MIDWIFERY & HEALTH SYSTEMS

VP for Engineering in Google
Dr Burke developed an online service called “Street Wise”, one of the world’s first mobile maps applications and now leads a team of over 300 engineers at Google.
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YVONNE FARRELL & SHELLY Mc NAMARA

ARCHITECTURE

Grafton Architects
Both recipients are adjunct professors at UCD, have been recipients of numerous awards and are published extensively internationally. They have exhibited in Dublin, Paris, Madrid and Zurich and have lectured widely in European and American Schools of Architecture.
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