Wexford native Eleanor Meritt has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Dublin City University (DCU).
Now senior vice-president at US software giant Oracle, Eleanor graduated from DCU in 1990 with a BSc in computer applications.
The annual DCU awards ceremony, which is usually a black-tie gala event, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic but was broadcast online via the university's website.
Eleanor is in her 30th year with Oracle, a San Francisco-based company which employs over 140,000 people worldwide. She was recently promoted to the role of senior vice-president and oversees a team of 1,700 engineers and analysts.
Eleanor is also responsible for identity and access management development, Oracle Fusion middleware support, database on-premises support and sustaining engineering for Fusion middleware.
With her broad technology background, she oversees globally-distributed engineering teams, delivering critical products that generate billions of dollars in revenue.
Formerly of Fordfey, Distillery Road, Eleanor is the eldest daughter of John and the late Jean Hayes. She attended St John of God Primary School in the Faythe and later the Loreto Secondary School. She now resides in Oakland, California with husband Dean and their children Olwen and Shane.
The honour from DCU took Eleanor completely by surprise and she said she was grateful to DCU for its kind recognition of her achievements.
Her father, John Hayes, said he was incredibly proud of Eleanor's successes but regrets that his wife, the late Jean, who was the one to gently but firmly nudge Eleanor in the right direction, was not here to enjoy this great honour.
Eleanor wasn't the only Wexford native to be recognised by DCU at the awards. International rugby star and Horeswood man Tadgh Furlong received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Sport. Tadgh graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Business Studies in 2014, making his debut for Leinster while still a student. He has since gone on to earn 44 caps for his county, appear in two World Cups and play all three Test matches during the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 2017.