Mullen was recognised by UCD for her numerous contributions to Irish sport. Her success at the World Cup has led to increased government funding and she hopes to get Ireland to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
She has over 130 international caps for Ireland and has been part of successes at European events as well as getting to the World Cup Final in London in 2018. In addition to this, during her time with UCD, she helped the hockey team several trophies.
The awards are the University’s leading annual event honouring outstanding Alumni, nominated by peers and faculty, from across all UCD’s faculty disciplines who reflect the very best of ambition, application and achievement having excelled in a range of fields from the Arts to Health, from Business to Agriculture, from Sport to Engineering, from Academic Research to the Arts, and from Social Science to Law.
The other nine distinguished graduates recognised with Alumni Awards at a gala dinner in UCD’s O’Reilly Hall were: Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, (Architecture and Engineering); Shaun Kelly, former global COO, KPMG International (Business); Dr Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery (Arts and Humanities); Dr John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation at European Commission (Research, Innovation and Impact); Dr Sinead Walsh, EU Ambassador to South Sudan (Social Sciences); Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keeling’s (Science); Colin Ryan, Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs (Law); and Professor Mary Horgan, President, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Health and Agricultural Sciences).