Atlantic Technological University launches new Alumni Network

Monday, October 09, 2023 Press Office
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Galway launch attended by graduates of legacy institutes GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT

Galway launch attended by graduates of legacy institutes GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT

The President of Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Dr Orla Flynn, launched ATU’s new Alumni Network for graduates and past students of ATU’s three legacy institutes and former RTCs, Galway-Mayo Institute, Institute of Technology Sligo and Letterkenny Institute of Technology in ATU Galway on Friday (6 October 2023).

The three former colleges together have an estimated 100,000 alumni since their formation in the 1970’s in Galway, Sligo and Letterkenny.

The launch in the Galway (Dublin Road) campus was attended by current and retired staff, students, special guests and graduates including alumni Michael Lohan, Chief Executive Officer, IDA Ireland; Damien McCallion, Chief Operations Officer, HSE; Evelyn O’Toole, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS); and Keith Moran, Chief Executive Officer, SL Controls.

Welcoming attendees to the launch, ATU President Dr Orla Flynn, says: “Throughout my time in higher education, I have been privileged to meet many exceptional students, graduates and collaborators, who have given generously of their time and knowledge, helping to foster a vibrant and diverse learning environment for our community. Through the establishment of a formal alumni network, we are seeking to increase the level of engagement with all our alumni, and to continue to be part of their career journeys”. 

Lauren Reynolds, ATU Alumni Officer, says: “I am delighted to be working towards creating an engaged network of ATU alumni, a network that offers a range of supports and lifelong value to its members. The ATU alumni network is more than 50 years in the making, drawing from our three legacy institutions, with a potential network of over 100,000 people that includes graduates, students, staff and those people and organisations who have deeply collaborated with the university. We’d be delighted if you would get in touch with us and be part of our alumni network and hear what we are planning. You can email or visit our new website:

The keynote address was delivered by Michael Lohan, newly appointed CEO of IDA Ireland and former graduate of Electronic Engineering at ATU Galway-Mayo and postgraduate of IT Sligo. A panel discussion, hosted by Alumni Relations expert and alumnus, Dr Maria Gallo, visiting Research Fellow, Trinity Business School, brought together three inspiring leaders from the world of industry and public service. Damien McCallion, Chief Operations Officer in the HSE responsible for oversight of day-to-day operations within the HSE, and a graduate of ATU Donegal.
Evelyn O’Toole, a graduate of ATU Sligo, is founder and CEO of Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) based in based in Connemara and Tuam Co Galway, and has been a scientist for over 30 years.

Keith Moran, CEO and co-founder of SL Controls, an international manufacturing organisation specialising in equipment systems integration and system support, is a graduate from ATU Sligo. Keith continued his Executive Education at ATU Donegal with an MBS in Innovation and Leadership.