Colm Lyon, Founder & CEO, Realex Payments and Niall FitzGerald KBE received UCD Business Alumni of the Year at a gala ceremony on April 27th.

The awards, which are the highest honour UCD School of Business can bestow on a graduate, recognise alumni that have demonstrated proven leadership skills, notable achievement in business and

a significant contribution to the community, whether in Ireland or abroad. Lyon and FitzGerald join a list of prominent business graduates of UCD who have been honoured including Patrick Kennedy (Paddy Power), Senator Feargal Quinn, Gina Quin (Dublin Chamber of Commerce), Aidan Heavey (Tullow Oil), Michael Carey (Jacob Fruitfield), Tony Garry (Davy Stockbrokers), Liam Fitzgerald (United Drug), and Vivienne Jupp (Accenture).

UCD prepared a tribute video for Colm, which can be viewed here:

Speaking of this year’s winners, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD School of Business, said, “We are delighted to honour Colm Lyon and Niall FitzGerald KBE as our 2012 Alumni of the Year. Both have successfully led their organizations through highly competitive environments with passion and perseverance. In doing so, they have helped to shape their industries. They are an example to us all, demonstrating the ultimate professional achievement in their areas. I hope that UCD Business School students will strive to emulate their determination and success.”

Speaking about his award, Colm Lyon said, “I am honoured and delighted to receive this medal. UCD has given me many things – among them being a real appreciation of business and the role it plays in building welfare. UCD has shaped my knowledge of business and provided me with the platform upon which I could engage in building a business The UCD Smurfit School as the leading business school in the country will continue to give a world class education to the upcoming generation of Irish business people.”

Acknowledging the accolade and the importance of his time at UCD, Niall FitzGerald KBE said; “The lessons I learned in UCD gave me the confidence to succeed in business. Through my education, I had the skills I needed to make my ambitions a reality.”