In November 2015, Michael O’Neill was presented with an Hononary Fellowship by GMIT President Dr Fergal Barry at the GMIT Conferring Ceremonies in Galway. Michael O’Neill, one of the founding Directors and first company secretary of Connemara West, has an unparalleled record and legacy in community activism. He has held the position of Secretary of Muintir na Tíre Community Council, Chairman of the Galway County Federation of Community Councils, Founding Director and Treasurer of Tullycross Credit Union, Founding Director & Secretary of Connemara West plc, and Director of Kilkenny Design Workshops, as well as being an elected Member of Galway County Council from 1991 to 1998. Dermot O’Donovan paid tribute to Michael O’Neill, saying: “Michael has worked tirelessly and selflessly to promote the sustainable development of the North West Connemara area”.

Pictured above are Dermot O’Donovan, Michael O’Neill and Fergal Barry