Patrick Joy native of Clonmel and Founder of Suretank in Dunleer Co Louth is the 2014 UCD EGA Distinguished Graduate. He was presented with the award at the EGA Annual Dinner in the National Concert Hall last night (June 12 2014).

Suretank is the world's largest supplier of cargo carrying units (CCU) with 60% of the market share. The company currently employs 750 people with a turnover of €80 million. Patrick was the 2013 overall winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Young and represented Ireland at the international competition in Monte Carlo last week.

'Patrick was a strong winner of this years award from among 8 eminent nominees from different fields of engineering. The EGA award was strongly centred on innovation, enterprise, job creation and acting as a role model for the profession' stated P J Rudden President of the UCD Engineering Graduates Association.

'It is a significant fact that the last two consecutive E & Y Entrepreneurs of the Year have been mechanical engineers in indigenous manufacturing industry - Edmond Harty of Dairymaster and now Patrick Joy of Suretank' Rudden continued 'and this theme was the focus for our UCD Panel Discussion last Autumn with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Since then we have seen the indigenous manufacturing sector go from strength to strength.'

Patrick Joy stated 'I feel very honoured and humbled by this award from my peers. Irish industry can compete with the best on the world stage if we continue to innovate because eventually your competitor will figure out how to produce your quality at a lower price. You need to stay ahead of the niche manufacturing game through R&D.'

The EGA Annual Dinner was attended by many of Ireland's leading utilities and engineering firms including ESB, Bord Gais, CRH and RPS.