14 Nov 2018
The UCD Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our global alumni who have made an exceptional contribution in their chosen field and who reflect UCD’s founder John Henry Newman’s ambition for “true enlargement of mind”.
Previous awardees have been, Olympians, Oscar winners, scientists, humanitarians, entertainers, innovators, poets, business leaders, politicians and educators. Representing the diversity of UCD, awards are presented in the following categories: Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; Arts and Humanities; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Health Sciences; Law; Science; Social Sciences; Sport and Research, Innovation and Impact.
The Class of 2018 UCD Alumni Awards which included NASA scientists, sporting legends, business leaders and humanitarian and social advocates. was presented on Friday 9 November 2018, at a black-tie ceremony in O’Reilly Hall, in front of an audience of over 400 distinguished graduates, friends and staff of UCD.
The recipients were Dr. Grainne Healy (Social Science), Dr. Rhona Mahony (UCD Health Science), Fintan O’Toole (Arts and Humanities), Dr. Julie McErney (Research, Innovation and Impact), Jane Ann McKenna (UCD Business), Vincent Keaveney (UCD Law), Dr. Mike Byrne (UCD Science), John Carey (Engineering and Architecture), Dr. Ann Derwin (Agriculture and Veterinary Science) and UCD Rugby’s Rob Kearney for the Alumni Awards in Sport.
Having achieved at the highest level in his rugby career, International rugby player Rob Kearney is one of the top full backs of the modern era. Rob emerged as a real prospect whilst playing schools rugby at Clongowes Wood College. He first played for Leinster as a schoolboy and the U19s, before becoming a senior in 2005, amassing 197 appearances and 223 points and also ERC Player of the Year for 2012.
His Ireland debut was against Argentina in 2007, and has 84 caps for Ireland. He has four Six Nations titles and was on the winning British & Irish Lions team in their test series against Australia. In an outstanding achievement, Rob started every game of the 2014 and 2015 Six Nations-winning campaigns and every game of the 2009 and 2018 Grand Slam seasons.
As an undergraduate Rob played with UCD RFC and was a UCD sports scholarship recipient, he continued to play with UCD RFC in the early period of his Leinster and Ireland career. Off the pitch, he is successful in a number of businesses and advocates for concussion screening. He is also the Chairman of Rugby players Ireland.
Congratulations to all the recipients.