Four NUI Galway Students Receive Gaisce Gold Award

Four NUI Galway Students Receive Gaisce Gold Award-image

Monday, 19 April 2010

Four NUI Galway students were among a special group of young people presented with the Gaisce Gold Award by President Mary McAleese, Patron of Gaisce – the President's Award, at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle recently. The NUI Galway awardees were Anne Browne from Lifford, Co. Donegal, Fiona Gillespie from Naas, Co. Kildare, Jennifer Jones from Middleton, Co. Cork and Aideen Óg MacInerney from Taylor's Hill, Galway City. This year marks the 25th Silver Anniversary of Gaisce which is the National Challenge Award for young adults. The President's Award is the highest Award in Ireland for young adults and coming from the President it is the most prestigious. The Awards were presented to 50 young people from all over Ireland in honour of their work in communities, sports and adventurous pursuits. Ann Browne is a fourth year Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy student at NUI Galway. Ann joined the Gaisce Society on her arrival at the University where she acted as treasurer and organised fundraising events to support the society trip to Estonia. This trip involved the society working with underprivileged locals to help with the re-generation of their local park as well as teaching at the local primary school. PhD student Fiona Gillespie volunteered with the Writers Society at NUI Galway where she read stories to the patients in the Children's Unit at the University Hospital Galway. The society also encouraged the children to write their own poems and stories. As a member of the Writers Society Fiona was involved in the construction of a 'Poetry Wall' for the Galway Arts Festival. She is also a member of the NUI Galway Juggling Society and is now an instructor at events such as Oxygen and Electric Picnic. Jennifer Jones, a Medical student at NUI Galway, achieved her Bronze and Silver awards as a pupil at Christ King Girls Secondary School in Cork. As a volunteer with the NUI Galway Suas Society, Jennifer worked with the Galway Refugee Support Group for her community involvement challenge. This challenge involved planning and preparing weekly classes and activities for the home work club. Jennifer has used this experience working as a teaching assistant in India. Jennifer completed her Gaisce challenge by taking part in a community building project in Estonia. NUI Galway Bachelor of Arts student Aideen Óg MacInerney studies History and joined An Cumann Stair as part of her community involvement. She has helped to organise the NUI Galway Arts Society Ball and developed the society's web page. Aideen is a 10k runner and added the physical recreation section to her Gaisce Gold challenge. President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, said: "I am delighted to congratulate Fiona, Anne, Aideen Óg and Jennifer on their Gasice Gold Awards. At NUI Galway we encourage all students to prioritise civic engagement and volunteerism, so it is especially heartening to see four of our students receive their Gaisce Gold Awards for a wonderful range of community, sporting and civic contributions". -Ends-

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Botany & Plant Science Student to Present at National Science Speak Competition

Botany & Plant Science Student to Present at National Science Speak Competition-image

Monday, 19 April 2010

Ms Merry Zacharias, a PhD student at NUI Galway in the Discipline of Botany and Plant Science within the School of Natural Sciences will represent the University at the National Science Speak Competition to be held in Dublin on 27 April 2010. Science Speak is an annual inter-varsity science communication event involving all seven Irish universities where postgraduate research students are challenged to present their research work to the general public in non-expert language. The talk on 'Marine Algae: the missing link to cloud formation? Investigations on the emission and exudation of organic compounds' won the local heat of the competition. Merry's PhD focuses on the responses of marine algae (seaweeds and microscopic phytoplankton) to environmental stresses and the key role algae play in climate change research. Algae release organic compounds into the air and seawater which can make a significant contribution to the formation of clouds over the oceans and thereby affect our climate. Merry is conducting her PhD in the Algal Research Group in Botany and Plant Science under the supervision of algal expert Dr Dagmar Stengel. Her research is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a larger interdisciplinary project on climate change entitled 'Exchange at the air-sea interface: air quality and climate impacts' at the Centre for Air Pollution and Climate Change at NUI Galway. Before starting her PhD in Botany and Plant Science at NUI Galway, Merry completed an MSc in Environmental Science at Bharathidasan University in India and worked as a project assistant at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India). She was also employed as a research assistant at the Environmental Change Institute, NUI Galway. Merry Zacharias is one of 20 PhD students currently conducting research within the Discipline of Botany and Plant Science at NUI Galway. ENDS

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NUI Galway Spring Open Day to Cater for Students and Parents

NUI Galway Spring Open Day to Cater for Students and Parents-image

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

NUI Galway will hold its second Spring Open Day for students considering applying or those who have already applied to the University, and for their parents or guardians. The event will be held on Saturday, 24 April, from 10am to 3pm at the NUI Galway Campus. The inaugural Spring Open Day took place last year and over 3,000 students and their parents registered on the day. Lecturers and students will be on hand to provide information on a full range of programmes offered, as well as practical issues such as university accommodation, scholarships, and general support services available to students. Student ambassadors will also be on hand to answer all queries about student life at NUI Galway. A programme of taster sessions will also run throughout the day, designed to give a real insight in to university life including demos with the latest gadgets including X-boxes and Lego Mindstorm kits to interactive Science Experience workshops. Also highly recommended is the 'Student Life Talk' and the 'Focus on your Career Talk'. Caroline Loughnane, organiser of NUI Galway's Spring Open Day, emphasised the crucial role played by parents in helping students choose what to study at third-level: "Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make. Parents play a key role in supporting students as they take this important next step. Open Day is the perfect opportunity for parents to ensure they have access to all of the information they need to support sons and daughters through their university career. We are encouraging anyone with an interest in studying at NUI Galway to come along, talk to our lecturers and current students, find out about the courses, check out the facilities and decide for yourself whether NUI Galway feels right for you". The range of courses available at NUI Galway is vast and varied and many are unique to the University. A new B.E. in Energy Systems Engineering started last September, in response to the identification of Ireland's future energy needs as a national priority. The four-year honours degree will produce professional accredited engineers, qualified to drive the emerging energy related industries. Engineering Innovation - Electronic is another new Engineering degree and provides graduates with specialised multi-disciplinary skills to start their own business, centered on the development of innovative, niche, market-led, electronic products. The Sports and Exercise Engineering degree is in its third year of accepting applicants and is the first course of its kind available in Ireland. With a radical departure from traditional Arts degrees, BA CONNECT offers eight four-year degrees designed to increase the employability of graduates by developing distinctive skills and creating connections with life beyond the campus. A new BA CONNECT degree in Latin American Studies is being offered for 2010. The traditional Commerce degree has also undergone a make over with an exciting new module on Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise introduced. Led by Aer Arann entrepreneur, Pádraig O'Céidigh, 22 local business and community leaders mentor Commerce students in business and enterprise skills, with the aim of developing a creative and innovative approach to business. At present, NUI Galway is the only Irish university offering a denominated degree in marine science and it now has the highest concentration of marine scientists of any institution in Ireland. This degree also offers training on board national training vessels in the third year of study. Podiatry is a healthcare profession that specialises in the management of disease and disorder of the foot, angle, knee, leg and hip. The only such course available in the Republic of Ireland, Podiatry as a career can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling and can give immense job satisfaction. Tours of the campus on the day will give an insight in to university life, and the top class facilities offered at NUI Galway, including the € 22 million Sports Complex. The Centre's facilities include an international standard swimming pool, a national league basketball arena, 100 piece cardiovascular gym, an elite training gym for professional athletes and a climbing wall. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day. If you would like to learn more, visitors can book a place at the Open Day and receive a programme in advance by logging on to www.nuigalway.ie/opendays. For further information contact 091 494 145 or email visit@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Scoop Basketball Title in Last Seconds of Dramatic Final

NUI Galway Scoop Basketball Title in Last Seconds of Dramatic Final-image

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

NUI Galway men's basketball team won their first intervarsity in twenty three years on Sunday with a dramatic last minute win over University of UIster Jordanstown (UUJ) in front of a packed house in the Kingfisher gym at the University. The NUI Galway side cruised to the semi-final with easy wins over UCC, CIT and DIT respectively, leaving them with a highly anticipated semi-final match-up against perennial powerhouses UCD, winners of three of the last four titles. It was in that contest that the home side truly emerged as legitimate contenders, winning with almost thirty points to spare and sending a warning to the clear favourites UUJ who emerged from their semi against DCU. The two teams served up a true classic in the final with NUI Galway shocking the odds and pulling off a memorable victory 61 points to 60, much to the delight of a raucous home support. With twenty eight seconds to go, Dylan Cunningham became the hero, hitting the all important free-throw to put the tribesmen ahead for the first time in the game. "To win it here in Galway is absolutely amazing, especially the way we did it. To be sixteen points down in the fourth quarter and then go on a run like we did, with the crowd getting behind us like that was just incredible" said team captain Cían Nihill. "It's great to be rewarded for all the hard work that has gone on this year, from the players, coaches and the sports staff at NUI Galway. It sounds a little stereotypical, but I really think we simply wanted it more than any other team down here". The win is a reflection of the current strength of Galway basketball with the panel for the final made up entirely of local players. Moycullen player James Loughnane won the final Most Valuable Player (MVP) with an inspirational 22 points. He also secured the overall tournament MVP, joining Garnett Griffin and Cían Nihill on the tournament All-Star team. Team Captain Cian Nihill also gave a special mention to the coach Puff Summers, who managed his team perfectly all weekend. "The UUJ outfit was comprised of five recruited post-graduates, including a professional American collegiate star in Dave Neal and Summers' game plan and rotation managed to neutralise their offence to a near halt. Those shrewd rotations meant that NUI Galway had the necessary reserves to hold UUJ scoreless in the last five minutes which gave them the opportunity to stage the miraculous comeback". -Ends-

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NUI Galway Research First in Ireland on Youth Cafés

NUI Galway Research First in Ireland on Youth Cafés-image

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

- Minister Announces Funding Scheme for Youth Cafés and Launches Youth Café Guide and Toolkit - Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD has announced details of a youth café funding scheme of €1.5m from dormant accounts funds and launched two publications: Youth Cafés in Ireland: A best practice guide and Youth Café Toolkit: how to set up and run a youth café in Ireland. The research on Youth Cafés in Ireland was commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA) on behalf of the National Children's Advisory Council and conducted by the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. The aim of the research and publications is to contribute to the formation of a solid policy foundation for the support and development of the youth café model of intervention with children and young people in Ireland. Speaking at the launch Cormac Forkan of the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway and a co-author of both publications, said: "These two documents should assist those at various stages of involvement with youth cafés. The purpose of the work was to contribute to the formation of solid policy foundation for the support and development of youth cafés and to provide practical assistance to those who are running existing facilities or about to set up a new ones. Many common issues of concern can be identified from the shared experiences of all those who have already moved forward which can assist those who are about to become involved. The Child and Family Research Centre is indebted to the many young people nationwide who assisted us in our work". Speaking at the launch, Minister Andrews said: "In the National Recreation Policy for Young People, published by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in 2007, youth cafés were named as a key need by and for young people. The Government is now committed to the expanded provision of youth cafés on a phased basis around the country and to the support where possible of existing cafés". Minister Andrews added: "These developments respond to the repeated emphasis young people have placed on the need for such recreational spaces. They recognise the achievements already made by many groups in establishing youth cafés around the country and ensure a solid policy foundation for youth café development and the expansion of safe quality recreational spaces for young people". "I am delighted to announce this scheme and publish these practical guides, which will help young people and local communities in setting up and running youth cafés throughout the country,' continued the Minister. The Minister noted that many organisations have an interest and involvement in youth cafés and there are approximately 30 such cafés already up and running. 'Existing youth cafés have strong common features in that they provide a dedicated, quality meeting place which is determined by young people, for young people, in partnership with adults in the community. The guidance provided in the evidenced-based Best Practice Guide and Toolkit promotes and supports the importance of these features," added Minister Andrews. The Minister noted that the scheme will consist of a total of €1.5m dormant accounts funding to be allocated to both new and existing facilities. "The majority of the funding will be awarded to the setting up of new youth cafés, with approximately 22% of the funds going to the support of existing youth cafés that wish to improve or expand existing services or facilities," continued the Minister. Vicky Wall, a teenager who was a regular user of a youth café said: 'Squashy Couch to me was not just a youth café but was a great part of being a teen. Being able to just go into the café, chill out, have a good chat with friends and staff and have a cuppa tea was a huge escape from school and study. The events were always top class and the services were a great help. Being a volunteer now means I can give my time back to the café and help keep it going for teens today' concluded Vicky. -Ends-

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Scientists of Tomorrow to Debate Biomedical Issues of Today

Scientists of Tomorrow to Debate Biomedical Issues of Today-image

Thursday, 8 April 2010

The 2010 Debating Science Issues (DSI) All- Ireland Finals will be held Thursday, 15 April, at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. The Finals, co-ordinated by the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, will see four teams of secondary school students representing the provinces of Connaught, Ulster, Leinster and Munster. The schools in the Final are St. Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, South Belfast, St. Mary's College, Rathmines, Co. Dublin, and Clonakilty Community School, Co. Cork. St. Attracta's Community School successfully competed in three provincial rounds to reach the final. The school's speakers, John Kelly and Erin Fahey, were aided in their research by the rest of their Transition Year class and coached by science teacher, Ciara O'Shea. Ciara was a Secondary Teacher Assistant Researcher (STAR) teacher at REMEDI. The STARs initiative of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) gives secondary teachers the opportunity to conduct research with an SFI funded research team. The Connacht runners-up were from Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Fifty-six schools were involved the 2010 DSI competition, which encourages young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science. Competition organiser and Outreach Officer at REMEDI, Danielle Nicholson, remarked: "The initial DSI workshops provided an open and impartial environment and challenged the students to think deeply about the ethical impact of biomedical research. This debate series reflects the interest and insight among 15-18 year olds in the field of biomedicine". This schools' biomedical science debate competition, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust for three consecutive years, was initiated by NUI Galway's REMEDI based on the success of local debates centring on stem cell research. As research, medical and science centres in Ireland research a wide range of topical sciences with associated ethical considerations, the DSI competition is the ideal way to educate young people on what is happening in their local university laboratories. Aside from stem cells, other topics debated include nanotechnology, genetically-modified (GM) foods, vaccinations, and health and self-testing kits. Other collaborators for the competition include the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), CLARITY, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Tyndall National Institute, the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, W5 and Queen's University Belfast. Provincial trophies and prizes are sponsored by the College of Science at NUI Galway and Boston Scientific. The REMEDI is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry funded research centre located at NUI Galway. Scientists and doctors at REMEDI are working together to combine the technologies of gene therapy and adult stem cell therapy to repair and replace damaged tissue. REMEDI research teams are looking at heart disease, arthritis, and neurological diseases, to research and develop medical therapies that enable repair of damaged and diseased tissue using living cells and genes. For further information on the Debating Science Issues competition visit www.remedi.ie. -Ends-

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March 2010

Student Volunteers Awarded Presidential Certificate

Student Volunteers Awarded Presidential Certificate-image

Monday, 29 March 2010

ALIVE Certificate Awards Ceremony Celebrates Student's Commitment to Community A record breaking 880 NUI Galway Student volunteers have been awarded the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering in a ceremony at the University. President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne and Galway City Mayor, Declan McDonnell attended the event, as well as community members, students and NUI Galway staff. Over 880 students received the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering, congratulating each of them for their time spent volunteering within NUI Galway, the wider Galway community, and with national and international non-governmental organisations. Students have volunteered on campus within societies, clubs and student mentoring, and off campus with local youth and homework clubs, Ability West, the Gaf Youth Café, Amnesty International and Childline to name a few. "We are most grateful for diligent NUI Galway student volunteers who are always ready to help us out. They are fantastic," said Mary McGrath, Mercy Secondary School Homework Club coordinator. ALIVE - A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience – was established by the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that NUI Galway students make to Galway by volunteering. To date over 2500 students have been recognised for their volunteering commitment within a variety of pathways, enabling NUI Galway to become a role model in promoting skills related to democratic participation and civic engagement amongst the student body. "Student volunteering has grown significantly each year since NUI Galway established a dedicated innovative volunteer programme to enable and encourage student and community engagement. We now have over 1300 students volunteering annually in a variety of organisations and organised events, most notable was the tremendous voluntary effort for the Volvo Ocean Race, Galway Stopover. "The ALIVE Certificate Awards Ceremony is an important opportunity to recognise students for their volunteering, instilling in them a sense civic responsibility, while acknowledging NUI Galway's community partners" said Lorraine Tansey, Student Volunteer Coordinator at NUI Galway. Special guests at the ceremony this year were 6th Class Galway Educate Together. The pupils attended a series of Computer Skills Workshops hosted by student volunteers in the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics. "As a final year student facilitating the workshops for the pupils has been a great opportunity to enhance my experience, while the pupils learn important skills like creating presentations and posters," said student volunteer Owen Barrett, "We had loads of fun in the classroom as the facilities are interactive and I think the young people enjoyed meeting the volunteers". -Ends-

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NUI Galway Announce Winners of 2010 Sports Awards

NUI Galway Announce Winners of 2010 Sports Awards-image

Friday, 26 March 2010

The NUI Galway 2010 Sports Awards were announced and presented at a special ceremony last night (Thursday, 25 March) in the Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway. It was a successful year for NUI Galway sport that included many International caps for students, a Fitzgibbon Cup win in Hurling and a narrow loss in the Collingwood Cup for Soccer. The individual award winners include Tipperary Hurler, Seamus Hennessy, Irish Women's Rugby back row from Mayo, Carol Staunton and Galway Footballer Gareth Bradshaw. Mary O Riordan, Vice-President for the Student Experience at NUI Galway, said: "Each year NUI Galway recognises the outstanding contribution of individual student athletes across many diverse sporting disciplines for their achievements in sport. This year's awards ceremony has been extended to reflect not only the achievements of individual students but also the contribution of the sports clubs to campus life and the importance of participation by all students in sport and recreation". Sports Connect, a leadership programme which culminated in a partnership between Sports Clubs, NUI Galway Alumni Office, the Student Volunteering programme (ALIVE), the Career Development Service and Student Services, was also recognised at the ceremony. Sandra Butler chair of the Alumni Board presented the Award to the winners the Ladies Hockey Club. The guest of honour for the evening was the recently retired Head of Sport at NUI Galway, Tony Regan. Tony instigated the sports awards in 1983 and it was appropriate that his enormous contribution, dedication and enthusiasm for more than 30 years be recognised by the University. A former Roscommon footballer he has also been a leading coach and trainer, who supported the development of sport in NUI Galway as well as numerous successful sporting careers. In spite of his retirement Tony continues to provide support to sport in NUI Galway. He was a selector for the NUI Galway Hurling team that ended its 30 year wait for a Fitzgibbon Cup win and who won the team award in this years NUI Galway Sports awards. The Club Captains Award recognises the enormous contribution of individual students to the successful running of sports clubs. The first recipients of these awards were David O'Reilly-Healy, a third year Commerce student as Snow Sports Captain and Jose Ramirez who is a second year Arts student and Captain of the Muay Thai Club. Most Improved Sports Club Recognition was awarded to the Badminton Club who raised the profile of their club through increasing student numbers, evaluating training methods and providing that key element of fun in all their training sessions. Sporting life on campus is not just for the Elite performers and this is reflected in the Outstanding Recreational Participation Award which was awarded to Frank Quinn, a second year Science student for his outstanding contribution to the development of Futsal. The Outstanding Recreational Participation Team Award was received by a team of postgraduate students known as the Red Devils captained by Neil Mc Donald. This year's Sports Awards recipients are: Archery: Joe Gill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Athletics: Eilish Fitzpatrick, Newmarket, Co. Cork (First year Biomedical Physics) Boxing: Colin Whitla, Barna, Co.Galway (First year Engineering) Camogie: Attracta McPeake, Lavey Co. Derry (Third year Speech and Language Therapy) Hurling: Seamus Hennessy, Cloughjordan Co. Tipperary (Second year Science) Ladies Gaelic Football: Sarah Conneely, Dunmore, Co. Galway (First year Arts) Men's Gaelic Football: Gareth Bradshaw, Moycullen Co.Galway (Third year Arts) Mountaineering: Louis Mulloy, Westport, Co. Mayo (First year Engineering) Men's Soccer: Martin Conneely, Casla Co. Galway Ladies Rugby: Carol Staunton, Westport, Co. Mayo (Postgraduate Arts) Surfing: Ollie Flaherty, Lahinch, Co. Clare (Second year Earth and Ocean Sciences) Windsurfing: Katie McAnena, Salthill, Galway (Medicine) Team Award: Senior Hurling Fitzgibbon Cup Team. Team Award: Sailing Participation Award: Frank Quinn Club Captains Award: David O Reilly Healy Snow Sports, Foxrock, Dublin (Third Commerce) Club Captains Award: Jose Ramirez Muay Thai, Scariff, Co.Clare Most Improved Club Award: Badminton Club ENDS

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New Book by NUI Galway Human Rights Expert on International Criminal Court

New Book by NUI Galway Human Rights Expert on International Criminal Court-image

Friday, 26 March 2010

Oxford University Press has published The International Criminal Court: a Commentary on the Rome Statute, written by Professor William Schabas, OC MRIA, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. The book consists of an article-by-article review of the Rome Statute, taking into account the case law of the Court up to 1 July 2009, including academic writing on the subject in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Professor Schabas is one of the world's leading experts on the International Criminal Court and has been studying the Court since the early 1990s. He has participated in several of the Preparatory Committee sessions, as well as the Rome Conference in 1998. Professor Schabas is also the author of the best-selling Introduction to the International Criminal Court published by Cambridge University Press and soon to be released in its fourth edition. The new Commentary is a larger (1,350 pages) book aimed to be used mainly as a reference book by academics and professionals in the field. As the Court moves into its second decade of existence, both books will be important resources to assist the Court. Professor Schabas teaches at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, which has become internationally recognised in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy. This has enabled the institution to attract high quality students to its acclaimed MA programmes and doctoral research. Reflecting the growing interest in this field, the University has also now developed a Bachelor of Arts with Human Rights. The book will be launched on Tuesday, 30 March at 6pm at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. Ends

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Donna Ferguson Memorial Award 2010

Donna Ferguson Memorial Award 2010-image

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The presentation of the third annual Donna Ferguson Memorial Award is to take place on Thursday, 25 March at 11.30am in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building at NUI Galway. The 2010 winner of the award is Eoin Ryan from Athlone, Co. Westmeath who achieved the highest mark in the broadcasting module of the MA Journalism. The presentation will be made by journalist, author and sportsman, Christy O' Connor. Donna Ferguson was posthumously conferred with an MA in Journalism at NUI Galway, following her untimely death in a car accident in December 2006. The Donna Ferguson Memorial Award was initiated by her family and community in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, and commemorates Donna's achievements while she was a student on the journalism programme in 2006. The inaugural presentation of the award was made by Gay Byrne in 2008 and by Noirin Hegarty, Editor of the Sunday Tribune in 2009. Christy O' Connor is a journalism graduate of NUI Galway, a former inter county hurler with Clare and sports writer with The Sunday Times. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book on hurling Last Man Standing which was runner up in the Irish Sports Book of the Year Award 2005. He is currently working on a new book due out in October. The emphasis on sport at the presentation of the memorial award this year will highlight Donna's interest in sport as a Gaelic footballer for both NUI Galway and her home county of Fermanagh. Eoin Ryan graduated from the MA in Journalism with first class honours and now edits Ireland's most popular student website www.oxygen.ie, The Spanner satirical magazine, and also works as a freelance GAA reporter for national newspapers. Eoin also achieved first class honours in his final project entitled "The Birth of the GAA and its Founding Fathers". ENDS

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