Offaly woman and RTE journalist honoured by NUI Galway

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly native and RTÉ's London Correspondent Fiona Mitchell has received the NUI Galway Alumni Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies.

The university presented it winners with their awards at the 20th annual Alumni Awards Gala Banquet on Saturday, April 13, 2019. This year the Alumni Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies, sponsored by Deloitte, was presented to Fiona Mitchell by Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway.

Fiona is responsible for reporting across all RTÉ News television, radio and web-based platforms on political, social and economic affairs in London and the wider Great Britain. She is set to be replaced in the role by Sean Whelan but remains part of the RTE News team.

Originally from Killeigh Co Offaly, Fiona joined RTÉ as a reporter in 2000. She initially worked as a reporter with both Morning Ireland and the RTÉ Foreign Desk before being appointed News Editor in 2006.

More recently she has worked as the Deputy Foreign Editor. During her time in RTÉ she has worked on some of the biggest news stories of recent years including the resignation of Pope Benedict, the historic State Visit to the UK of President Michael D Higgins and the recent Scottish Independence Referendum.

The NUI Galway Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s more than 100,000 graduates worldwide. Now in its twentieth year, the Awards programme boasts an impressive roll call of more than 100 outstanding NUI Galway alumni who have gone on to make an impact in their chosen field, and in so doing honour their alma mater.  

Among the distinguished honorees are President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, broadcasters, Seán O’Rourke and Gráinne Seoige, business leaders, Tara McCarthy (Bord Bia), Adrian Jones (Goldman Sachs) and Aedhmar Hynes (Text 100), figures from public life such as Pat Rabbitte, Eamon Gilmore (Tánaiste) and Máire Whelan (Attorney General), and sports figures such as rugby international, Ciarán FitzGerald and Olive Loughnane (Olympic medallist).

This year’s awardees highlight the global impact of NUI Galway and its alumni as the University celebrates 20 years of these annual awards.  

The six other winners of the 2019 alumni awards to be presented at the Gala Banquet are entrepreneur Dómhnal Slattery, senior counsel and jurist, Grainne McMorrow, cancer scientist, Dr John Lyons, surgeon and clinical educator, Dr Ronan Waldron, journalist and broadcaster, Póilín Ní Chiaráin and sports medicine pioneer, Dr Mick Molloy.