Galway-based businessman and Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh was awarded an Honorary Fellowship yesterday from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
This is the highest honour the GMIT can confer.
Pat McDonagh initially followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a primary school teacher and later school principle.
He left teaching in 1978 to develop Supermacs – which has become the largest restaurant chain in Ireland with over 105 outlets nationwide.
The Supermacs group also includes hotels, pubs and restaurants in Ireland and the US.
At the conferring ceremony yesterday, Pat McDonagh was described as a strong supporter of local communities through employment and sponsorship of sport and community projects at all levels, as well as a keen sports fan and a strong supporter of charities and the Arts in Ireland.