President, actor and a hat maker among those to be honoured

Inaugural Honorary Fellowship Awards to mark 40th anniversary of GMIT

Philip Treacy, the Ballinasloe-born and now world-famous milliner who is one of seven peope chosen for an honorary fellowships at GMIT.

Philip Treacy, the Ballinasloe-born and now world-famous milliner who is one of seven peope chosen for an honorary fellowships at GMIT.

Seven outstanding individuals will be honoured with honorary fellowships at a special GMIT conferring ceremony later this month.

The inaugural fellowships will be conferred on the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D Higgins, in recognition of his service to public life; award-winning businessman Dr Bernard Collins for his vast contribution to industry; theologian Reverend Professor Enda McDonagh for his contribution to education; GAA sportsman, All-Star and All Ireland medal winner Pádraic Joyce for his contribution to sport; actor and co-founder of The Druid Theatre Marie Mullen for her work in the arts; archaeologist Dr Seamus Caulfield for his contribution to Irish history and community; and milliner/designer Philip Treacy for his contribution to business.

Announcing the inaugural Fellowships, the president of GMIT Michael Carmody says: “This is the first time in the 40 year history of the institute the governing body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships. The fellowships are intended to recognise publicly the contribution each of the recipients has made in their chosen field and the ceremony on the May 24 will be an occasion to celebrate their achievements.”

The GMIT honorary fellowships will be conferred in the g Hotel, Galway city, on Friday May 24, commencing at 2.30pm with some 200 invited guests expected to attend.

GMIT celebrates its 40th anniversary this academic year (2012/13 ). RTC Galway opened its doors on Monday, September 18, 1972, with 1,213 students on campus. Today, GMIT has almost 8,000 full and part-time students in five campuses across Galway and Mayo with graduates working all over the world in a range of disciplines.

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