List of NUI Galway people

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The following is a list of NUI Galway people, including notable alumni and faculty members of NUI Galway and its forerunners; Queen's College, Galway created in 1845 as a college of the Queen's University of Ireland and University College, Galway chartered in accordance with the Irish Universities Act, 1908 as a university college of the National University of Ireland.





  • Louis Cullen – Professor of Irish History at Trinity College's Department of Modern History, described by Nicholas Canny (see #Faculty) as "the most prolific, most wide-ranging, and the most enterprising historian of his generation in Ireland"[2]
  • John Hegarty – Provost of Trinity College Dublin[3]







  • Nicky Hartery – Chairman of CRH plc, Ireland's largest industrial company[12]
  • Declan Kelly – founding partner and co-CEO of Teneo[13]
  • Ronan Lambe – co-founder of clinical research and biometric services company ICON; Europe's former Chief Operating Officer at the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology[14]
  • Pat Wallace – former Director of the National Museum of Ireland[15]

Finance and banking[edit]


Political and governance[edit]

Many of the leading lights of Ireland's Labour Party have been educated at NUI Galway. Left to right are Pat Rabbitte, Michael D. Higgins and (shaking the hand of Rabbitte) Higgins's successor Derek Nolan. The party's former Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, is among other prominent Labour figures to have been educated at the university.

Broadcasting and journalism[edit]





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  5. ^ a b "University College Galway students in World War One". Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Sir Alfred Keogh a former student of Queens College had held the highest rank within the Medical Corp. As Director General of the Medical Services, Sir Keogh closely assisted by another past pupil of Queens College, Peter Freyer, was responsible for the changes in the treatment administered by the medics for battlefield trauma. The first casualty of a total of fourteen killed in action during the Great War had been Captain Richard Crofton George Moore Kinkead R.A.M.C, son of Professor R. Kinkead, Professor of midwifery at U.C.G. Captain Kinkead who was attached to the 10th Hussars had been shot while attending the wounded just a few weeks after landing at Belgium during the first battle of Ypres. 
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  11. ^ "NUI Galway Graduate appointed Cardinal". 6 February 2001. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "New man in CRH chair". Irish Independent. 12 May 2012. A native of Limerick, Mr Hartery graduated from UCC with a degree in electrical engineering in 1972 and later went on to receive an MBA from NUI Galway, before working for several American multinationals. 
  13. ^ "Declan Kelly/Teneo Holdings". Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Honorary Degree Conferring Ceremony" (PDF). 2006. Dr Ronan Lambe graduated from NUI Galway with a B.Sc., and M.Sc. in 1959 and 1963 respectively. 
  15. ^ Siggins, Lorna (20 September 1997). "Museum man torn between theme park and scholarship". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. He recorded the best Leaving Cert results in the county in 1966 and secured a scholarship to University College Galway. 
  16. ^ Partington, Richard (7 February 2013). "John Hourican: an RBS timeline". Financial News. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Born in Ireland on July 24, 1970, Hourican attended the National University of Ireland in Galway, and Dublin City University, before starting work with PricewaterhouseCoopers. 
  17. ^ "Seamus McCarthy, Comptroller and Auditor General". Standards in Public Office Commission. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Byrne, Cormac (10 June 2010). "McCann takes over as Defence Forces chief". Evening Herald. Major General McCann lives in Newbridge, Co. Kildare but was born in Cork in 1950 and grew up in Tipperary where he was educated in Thurles CBS and in Cistercian College Roscrea. He attended college at University College Galway and is a graduate of the United States Command and General Staff College. 
  19. ^ McMahon, Aine (7 July 2016). "Defence Forces promotes first woman to colonel". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. A native of Galway City, Col O’Brien graduated from University College, Galway with Bachelor of Science and Higher Diploma in Education, before being awarded a Cadetship in the Defence Forces in 1981. 
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  21. ^ a b Brillman, Michael (2009). "Bengal Tiger, Celtic Tiger: The Life of Sir Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1844-1925". ProQuest. p. 334. T. P. O'Connor, Irish Member for Liverpool and a University College, Galway classmate of MacDonnell's ... 
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  24. ^ "Aer Arann Alumni Award for Sports Achievement and Leadership" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 May 2015. BA 1972 [...] Following his Leaving Certificate in 1969, he enrolled as an Arts student in U.C.G. He graduated with an Arts degree in English, French & History in 1972 ... 
  25. ^ "This much I know: Seán O'Rourke, Broadcaster". Irish Examiner. 13 February 2015. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. When I went to University College Galway, it was always my intention to pursue a career in journalism on graduating. 
  26. ^ Collins, Liam (11 January 2004). "Not the Nine O'Clock News for Sky's Grainne". Sunday Independent. Grainne Seoige was educated in Spiddal, Co Galway and studied English and Political Science in University College Galway before completing a Higher Diploma in Communications. 
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  28. ^ "Druid's Garry Hynes to inspire Galway businesswomen". Tuam Herald. 23 February 2011. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon, Garry moved to Galway with her family in 1965. In 1971 she started an Arts Degree (History & English) in University College, Galway, now NUI Galway. 
  29. ^ "NUI Galway President Pays Tribute to Actor Mick Lally". 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. A native of Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, Mick Lally, graduated from the University with a BA 1969, HDip in Ed 1970, and an Honorary MA in 1999 for his contribution to Irish theatre, at home and abroad. [...] His national and international reputation earned him the status as an icon of Irish theatre. 
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  32. ^ "Arts Tonight". RTÉ. 18 March 2013. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Vincent Woods meets actress Marie Mullen on her home ground of NUI Galway to talk about Druid, Galway and a life in theatre. [...] Actress Marie Mullen interviewed at her old alma mater, NUI Galway, with a student audience 
  33. ^ Harrington, Katy (21 January 2013). "Always hiding in plain sight". Irish Independent. After school, she completed a science degree ("just", she adds under her breath) at NUI Galway and then moved to London, where she has lived for nine years. 
  34. ^ Steinberg, Jacques (10 April 2006). "'West Wing' Writers' Novel Way of Picking the President". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. And Mr. Sheen? At 65, he has decided to make good on a promise he made to himself long ago: to enroll, for the first time, in college. [...] he will began taking classes next fall — in English literature, philosophy and, he hopes, oceanography — at National University of Ireland in Galway 
  35. ^ "Cunningham welcomes Galway return of Kavanagh and Callanan". 23 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Cunningham must also plan without players like Niall Burke (NUI Galway) and Jonathan Glynn (UL) who are tied to colleges for the pre-season competitions 
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