About the UL Alumni Awards 

Since 2006, Alumni Awards have been presented to UL's most accomplished, innovative, inspiring, creative and influential alumni.

UL Graduates continue to make enormous contributions via their chosen life paths and their achievements reflect enormously well on their alma mater. At a special event every year, Alumni Awards are presented to UL graduates who have made an outstanding contribution in any of the following spheres:

  • Science & Technology
  • Cultural/Arts
  • Business
  • Academic
  • Societal/Humanitarian
  • Sport
  • Other
Award Recipients 2023

The 16th annual UL Alumni Awards Gala Dinner was held in the Limerick Strand Hotel on Friday 3 November, taking place alongside the UL Sports Hall of Fame for the first time. 

The 2023 Alumni Award Recipients are:

  • Mr Dermot Scanlon – BSc Industrial Chemistry 1985 - Outstanding Contribution/Entrepreneurship
  • Ms Cathy Smith – BA European Studies 1995 - Outstanding Contribution/Society
  • Mr Malachy Browne – MA International Studies 2006 - Outstanding Contribution/Humanitarian

The 2023 UL Sports Hall of Fame Inductees are:

  • Mr Dave Mahedy – BA Physical Education 1978 - 2023 Inductee (Director, Sport & Recreation 1991-2019)
  • Ms Lynne Cantwell – BSc Sports and Exercise Science 2003 - 2023 Inductee (Rugby)
  • Dr Larry McCarthy – BEd Physical Education 1977 -2023 Inductee (GAA)

Read more about the 2023 UL Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame.

View a slideshow of images from the evening.

Nominations for the 2024 UL Alumni Awards are now closed.


  • Graduates of the University of Limerick.
  • Graduates of the National Institute of Higher Education, Limerick.
  • Graduates who received an NUI award but studied at the University of Limerick for a period of  time as part of the programme of study for which the award was granted by the NUI.
  • Graduates of Thomond College of Education.
  • Graduates of the National College of Physical Education.
  • Graduates of MIC who receive University of Limerick awards.
  • Graduates of St. Patrick's College, Thurles who receive University of Limerick awards.
  • Graduates with an award arising from an * accredited programme, and any others having been granted an Honorary Degree therefrom.


Note: an * Accredited Programme means (i) a programme of study which has been accredited by the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA), Dublin, in accordance with their procedures or (ii) in respect of some graduates conferred at the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick, in 1977, a programme of study accredited by the National University of Ireland (NUI), or (iii) the University of Limerick or any other statutory appointed Authority having jurisdiction to confer awards on any persons who successfully completed accredited programmes of study at the educational institutions herein noted in this and the foregoing paragraph.