Offaly journalist and RTÉ correspondent to be honoured at NUI Galway

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly journalist and RTÉ correspondent to be honoured at NUI Galway

Offaly journalist and RTÉ correspondent to be honoured at NUI Galway

Offaly native and RTÉ's London Correspondent Fiona Mitchell is set to be honoured by her former college NUI Galway.

The university has announced the winners of the 2019 Alumni Awards to be presented 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, will be presented to Fiona Mitchell.

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. 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.

She is on our screens regularly now as she reports on Brexit from London, appearing live most days from Westminster as the saga continues.

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.

Speaking on the announcement of the award recipients, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “It is the mission of universities to make the world a better place through our teaching, research and impact. Our Alumni Awards programme recognises alumni who make a positive difference in the world and who are leaders in their chosen fields."

"Through their endeavours our mission is made manifest. I’m particularly pleased this year that we can honour a diverse group of alumni who have made a positive impact in the world – and for the world - both nationally and internationally. I congratulate each awardee and I look forward to welcoming them back to their alma mater for the Gala Banquet in April.”

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