President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne this week congratulated alumnus and RTÉ broadcaster Seán O’Rourke on taking over the mid-morning Radio 1 slot from Pat Kenny.
Dr Jim Browne said: “On behalf of NUI Galway I want to wish Seán every success in this exciting new challenge he faces. I am sure that his integrity and tenacity as a journalist, that made both the News at 1 and The Week in Politics such a success, will bring continued success in the future. Seán is a proud alumnus and supporter of NUI Galway and I know that the whole university community joins with me in congratulating him on this recognition of his achievements as a journalist.”
Seán O’Rourke was born in Portlaoise, Co Laois and grew up in Galway. He completed a BA in English, History and Legal Science at NUI Galway in 1977. He had his first start in journalism when joining the Connacht Tribune in 1973 and in 2006 he was awarded the NUI Galway Alumni AIB Award for Literature, Communications and Arts.
Seán O’Rourke was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa ) by NUI Galway in June 2011. He is the current chair of the NUI Galway Alumni Board and was the founding chairperson of the Alumni Association’s Dublin club. Seán also serves as a member of the current NUI Galway Governing Authority.