Tuesday, 15 November 2016

‘Fís na Fuiseoige’, a film by NUI Galway Journalism tutor Aodh Ó Coileáin, was awarded the 2016 Best Documentary Award at the Irish Film Festival London last night. Aodh teaches Journalism through Irish on the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge) programme at NUI Galway. He also teaches Journalism through Irish on the new subject Léann na Cumarsáide in the general Bachelor of Arts programme. ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ will be broadcasted on TG4 tonight (Tuesday, 15 November) at 9.30pm. Receiving the award at the Irish Embassy in London, Aodh said: “It is an honour to be selected for this award in the centenary year of the Easter Rising. The rebellion was the culmination of a cultural renaissance, a reawakening of old myths, sagas and traditions, many of them attached to the land of Ireland and surviving for thousands of years. I hope ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ and this award will inspire students and those seeking to tell stories in new media, on different platforms, with ever developing technologies and methods of reaching people.” ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’, written and directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin, premiered to critical acclaim at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. The film won Best Cinematography at the Earth Day Film Festival in San Francisco last April, and this year has screened at a film festival in Chicago and at the Irish Arts Centre in New York. The focus of ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ is the love for the home-place as reflected in poetry and literature in Irish. In Ireland, landscape is not just geography, but a mnemonic for literature and poetry. Landscape and stories are inseparable. “Aodh Ó Coileáin’s beautifully intimate portrait of language and place is a reminder again of the importance of the language in the Gaelic Revival, the cultural rebellion that was the catalyst for the later rebellion. In serving as a pool of traditions that were lost under anglicization, the language was used as a means of re-imagining, of conceiving of a new identity,” said Seán Finnan, Film Ireland. The film was produced by Colm Hogan and Dr Marina L. Levitina of Counterpoint Films, and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and TG4. Media courses offered by NUI Galway through its Irish-language academy, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, include BA Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge (GY122); the subject Léann na Cumarsáide on BA – Joint Honours (GY101) and the MA sa Chumarsáid (GYA93). -Ends- Gradam don Scannán Faisnéise is Fearr Bronnta ar Theagascóir an Acadaimh Bronnadh an Gradam don Scannán Faisnéise is Fearr ag Féile Scannán na hÉireann i Londain ar ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ le hAodh Ó Coileáin ag ócáid in Ambasáid na hÉireann sa Bhreatain i Londain aréir. Teagascóir iriseoireachta le hAcadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, in OÉ Gaillimh is ea Aodh. Bíonn sé ag teagasc ar an gcéim BA Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge agus ar an ábhar nua Léann na Cumarsáide sa chéim ghinearálta sna dána BA (Comhonóracha) atá ar fáil ar champas na hOllscoile i nGaillimh. Craolfar ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ ar TG4 anocht (Dé Máirt, 15 Samhain) ag 9.30pm. Ag glacadh leis an gradam dúirt Aodh: “Cúis áthais faoi leith gur i mbliana agus Éirí Amach na Cásca á chomóradh, a bronnadh an gradam seo ar ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’. Toradh ar athbheochan cultúir a bhí san Éirí Amach, athmhuscailt na scéalta agus na dtraidisiún a bhain le talamh na hÉireann. Mhair an t-ábhar seo thar na mílte bliain agus tá súil agam go spreagfaidh ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ agus an gradam seo mic léinn agus daoine eile tabhairt faoi na scéalta seo a insint ar mheáin nua, le teicneolaíocht atá de shíor ag forbairt, i mbealaí úra an lucht féachana a aimsiú.” Tá aird na léirmheastóirí ar an scannán ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’, a scríobh agus a stiúir Aodh Ó Coileáin. Bronnadh gradam don Chineamatagrafaíocht ab Fhearr air ag Féile Scannán Lá na Cruinne in San Francisco i mí Aibreáin. Bhí an scannán le feiceáil ag féile i Chicago an mhí seo caite. Taispeánadh é don chéad uair ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán Bhaile Átha Cliath i mí Feabhra, agus ag ócáid in Ionad Ealaíon na hÉireann, Nua-Eabhrac i mí Aibreáin. Sa scannán ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ pléitear an dáimh le dúthaigh a mhúnlaigh an tsamhlaíocht liteartha Ghaelach agus an féinaitheantas Éireannach ón gcianaimsir anuas.  “Léiríonn portráid álainn dúthaigh agus teanga Aodh Uí Choileáin an tábhacht a bhain leis an nGaeilge san athbheochan, an réabhlóid chultúrtha sin a tháinig roimh Éirí Amach na Cásca.  Úsáideadh scata traidisiún a bhí ceangailte leis an nGaeilge, a bhí caillte i ngalldú na tíre chun féinaitheantas nua a shamhlú,” a dúirt Seán Finnan, Film Ireland. Ba iad Colm Hogan agus an Dr Marina L. Levitina, Counterpoint Films, a léirigh an scannán, a mhaoinigh Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann agus TG4.  Ar na filí iomráiteacha atá páirteach sa scannán tá: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Biddy Jenkinson, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Louis de Paor, Paddy Bush, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn agus Jackie Mac Donncha. Ar na cúrsaí cumarsáide a chuireann an tAcadamh ar fáil in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh tá BA Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge (GY122), an t-ábhar Léann na Cumarsáide ar BA – Comhonóracha (GY101) agus MA sa Chumarsáid (GYA93). -Críoch-  

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The first group of NUI Galway students undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Medical and Healthcare Simulation recently attended a two-day workshop as part of their course. The hands-on interactive simulation based learning workshop was held at SIMWEST in Galway University Hospital. The three postgraduate programmes are carried out through distance learning with one workshop and the participants at the first workshop came from as far afield as Chile. This distance learning programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and caters to the growing interest in healthcare simulation. The students are from a variety of healthcare backgrounds including nursing, paramedic science, surgery, anaesthetics and medical education. They participated in designing and running high fidelity mannequin based simulations. They had opportunities to test out multiple task simulators, to make their own simulators and to develop their moulage skills during a special effects workshop. Dr Dara Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Simulation, NUI Galway’s School of Medicine, said: “We developed this postgraduate programme to support the large number of healthcare professionals who are both interested and involved in simulation. Our amazing group of learners from all avenues of healthcare share their experiences and own expertise through interactive discussion boards which is an important part of the programme.” The workshop was delivered by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in simulation based learning from both NUI Galway and Galway University Hospital. -Ends-

Monday, 14 November 2016

CÚRAM at NUI Galway, NIBEC at Ulster University and the NSF-ERC for Revolutionising Metallic Biomaterials in the USA to join forces. Tripartite partnership announced under Science Foundation Ireland’s innovative Centre to Centre programme. A unique grouping of research centres from the US, Ireland and Northern Ireland have formed a €1.5 million Centre-to-Centre collaborative partnership to develop a novel system to help bone fractures heal. CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, the National Science Foundation-ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (RMB) in the USA, and the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) at Ulster University have come together under the US-Ireland R&D programme. The announcement was made today by Science Foundation Ireland as part of its Centre-to-Centre Programme. Almost €500,000 has been awarded to CÚRAM, a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre based at NUI Galway to carry out its role in the partnership. The intention is to develop novel magnesium alloys that can provide the mechanical integrity required to support bone fracture healing in patients, before being fully resorbed by the body. Current orthopaedic implants are fabricated from metals such as titanium or stainless steel.  Such implants are permanent (non-biodegradable), therefore a secondary surgery is frequently required to remove implants following bone fracture healing, especially in cases of high energy trauma such as traffic accidents and sports injuries. In contrast, magnesium alloys are biodegradable and, over a controlled time period, will undergo complete resorption in the body. Such biodegradability, coupled with the potential of magnesium to promote bone regeneration, offers a significant advantage over current orthopaedic implant technologies. Researchers from CÚRAM, RMB and NIBEC will work together to develop next-generation magnesium orthopaedic implants. Key challenges involve the achievement of biodegradation time-scales that precisely control the reduction the mechanical support provided by the implant during the fracture healing process. Novel experimental tests and computer models will be developed to optimise the functionality of a number of fracture fixation devices. According to Dr Patrick McGarry, Lead Investigator for CÚRAM: “The Centre-to-Centre programme aims to establish a new generation of orthopaedic implants fabricated from biodegradable magnesium alloys.  We will develop cutting-edge computer modelling techniques to simulate the performance of such implants in the body, leading to the identification of optimal design configurations and direct opportunities for delivery of clinical benefits.” “The partnership will promote a culture of entrepreneurship that supports creative and innovative engineers and provides valuable opportunities for researcher participation from undergraduate to post-doctoral level in the area of medical device design” explains Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM.  “It will also facilitate global economic and healthcare development through an innovative ecosystem, which will broaden the scope of technologies to treat disease.” The partnership will also foster a culture of innovation in bioengineering research and education; providing for entrepreneurship and economic development that will help the USA, ROI and NI to succeed in a global economy by directly engaging small innovative firms, industries and practitioners and technology transfer officers. The partnership is supported by industrial partners OrthoKinetic Technologies LLC and Fort Wayne Metals. Professor Brian Meenan and Drs Adrian Boyd and Patrick Lemoine at NIBEC, Ulster University, have been awarded £300,000 from the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland to enable their contributions to the Centre-to-Centre project.  According to Professor Meenan: “This exciting international collaboration provides a critical mass of research expertise capable of realising the potential of a new generation of orthopaedic implant devices that require a single surgical intervention. By enhancing key properties of magnesium alloy implant devices we will be able to control their resorption in a way that provides for improved clinical outcomes in previously difficult to manage factures.” Professor Jag Sankar, Director-NSF ERC for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials said: “This tripartite partnership creates a unique convergence of world-leading expertise from academia and industry in the fields of materials processing, surface characterization, and computational modeling with the shared goal of developing bioresorbable magnesium (Mg) alloy systems for orthopedic implant devices.  We are visioning to prepare the next-generation workforce in the global knowledge economy via study abroad opportunities and as well as transatlantic offerings of seminars and lectures. ” The goal of the Centre-to-Centre Programme is perfectly aligned with the overall vision of all three research Centres involved. RMB focuses on the development of transformational therapies through materials and sensing innovations; CÚRAM aims to develop affordable, innovative and transformative device-based solutions to treat global chronic diseases; and NIBEC combine skills in engineering, science and medicine in order to enhance the development of devices and systems which have applications in health care. This collaboration will also allow graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from RMB, CÚRAM and NIBEC to interact across both institutional and discipline boundaries in terms of the collaborative research tasks and will encourage cross-centre participation in specialized graduate-level modules and seminars. Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland welcomed the announcement saying: “The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres combine world-class scientific research with deep and significant enterprise engagement, excellence and impact. The opportunity to combine the expertise within our Research Centres with those in the United States and Northern Ireland will greatly enhance the research performed. These new collaborations will result in innovative discoveries and advances relating to renewable energy, new memory cells for electronic devices and biodegradable orthopaedic devices.” For more information please visit curamdevices.ie or follow us on twitter @curamdevices ends

Monday, 14 November 2016

The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English TD, will travel to Galway for an Engineers Ireland West Region panel discussion on ‘Rebuilding Ireland: Solid foundations or hollow promises for housing?’. The event will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, 22 November, in the Oslo Bar in Salthill, in association with NUI Galway. The panel will also feature three distinguished speakers from different areas of the housing sector: Brian Coyle (Coyle Kennedy Consulting Engineers), Martin O’Connor (COPE Galway) and Gerard O’Toole (Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland). The event will be chaired by Lorna Siggins, Western and Marine Correspondent with The Irish Times. The discussion takes place in the context of the government’s new housing strategy, ‘Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’, which aims to double housing construction, increase the supply of social housing and tackle homelessness. However, the plan has come in for criticism as a set of hollow promises while homelessness continues to spiral out of control. Dr Jamie Goggins, Chairperson of Engineers Ireland West Region and Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway, said: “Sustainable housing represents one of the greatest challenges for construction professionals, policy makers and broader Irish society. For example, with a mandatory requirement for all new buildings constructed after 2020 to be nearly zero energy buildings, as well as those receiving significant renovation, we really do need to be planning and building more energy efficient, cost effective, healthier and comfortable homes today rather than just meeting current minimum standards.” He continued: “Engineers Ireland is delighted to facilitate a public discussion on housing and I would like to invite everyone interested in finding solutions to the housing crisis to attend.” -ends-

Monday, 14 November 2016

Final year NUI Galway student invents service to see students get home safely A new service, Dash, will allow students to get taxis even when they have no cash, bank card or phone while ensuring the drivers get paid. Dash (Driving All Students Home) was created by NUI Galway final year Business Information Systems student Richie Commins and is currently available in Galway City and will be launched nationwide in January 2017. Richie, from Claregalway, Co. Galway, came up with the idea after being left in situations many times without the physical means to get taxis. Research carried out with the NUI Galway Students’Union verified that students often do not have the means to get a taxi at the end of the night leading to the safety of students being put in jeopardy. Students simply need to sign up for free at the website, www.dashcabz.ie/ and upload a photo of themselves and a bank card to pay for emergency taxis. Richie has designed a simple app for taxi drivers so even if a student gets into a taxi with nothing, all they have to do is tell the driver their name and four digit pin for the driver to view the student on the app. The driver verifies the student by their photo, sees their method of payment and takes them home at no extra cost. Richie said: “This is the very basic version. There are many more features coming early next year such as top-up, parent back up and the beacon button to let others know you’re safe even when you’ve no phone. Dash is planning a movement of safety across all campuses that won’t cost students anything extra and ensures taxi drivers get paid.” Richie did his third year student placement on campus with the Blackstone Launchpad where he developed the idea further. The University supported Richie to sign up hundreds of students to test the prototype with three local taxi companies Big O Taxis, Pro Cabs and Galway Taxis. After successfully proving the concept, he spent the summer months meeting student unions and taxi companies across the country. The app will be implemented in the coming months in all university cities. Luke Fitzpatrick, UCD Student Union said: “I genuinely think it is fantastic that taxis, unions and students are recognising the need for getting students home safe. It is something I personally stand behind and hope all Dublin taxis jump on board with Lynk, Xpert and so on.” Colin O’Mara,Cork Chamber of Commerce and Cork Taxi Co-op, said: “Cork Taxi Coop are delighted to be involved in ensuring the Students of today and tomorrow have the peace of mind to get home safely.”     An Garda Síochána will be supporting the initiative through their Campus Watch programme. Sergeant Pat Flanagan, Officer for Crime Prevention,said: “The taxis that have integrated with Dash have really shown they care about students, and hopefully, all taxis will soon be branded with the safety Dash brings.” For further information on the initiative visit www.dashcabz.ie/. -Ends-

Monday, 14 November 2016

Students interested in studying at NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Athlone on Thursday, 17 November. Students interested in undergraduate or postgraduate courses are welcome to attend. Parents, guardians and guidance counsellors are also particularly welcome to the event which runs from 7 to 9pm in the Radisson Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The evening will begin with short talks about NUI Galway and the undergraduate courses it offers. Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff will be on hand to answer any individual questions in relation to courses and practical issues like accommodation, fees and scholarships, and the wide range of support services available to our students. The ever-increasing popularity of NUI Galway is in-part due to innovative programmes, developed in response to the changing needs of the employment market. Unique offerings include a suite of Arts degree programmes including Drama, Creative Writing and Human Rights, an Energy Systems Engineering degree, a Maths and Education degree aimed at training Maths teachers, a Marine Science degree and Podiatric Medicine, the only offering of this course in Ireland. Visitors to the information evening will also get information on NUI Galway’s newest degree programmes, a Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience), Bachelor in Children’s Studies and the BSc (Applied Social Sciences). Sarah Geraghty, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager at NUI Galway, said: “NUI Galway has a great deal to offer. Our own students tell us our lecturers are inspirational and challenge them to achieve their full potential. The student experience in Galway is second to none, and we want to bring a taste of that to County Westmeath, while also providing all the practical information on accommodation, fees, scholarships and courses. With so many courses on offer, this event in Athlone is a perfect opportunity for prospective students to meet current students and lecturers to see what degree might be the right fit for them.” To find out more about the information evening in Athlone, contact NUI Galway’s Recruitment Officer Siobhan Dorman on 086 0421591 or siobhan.dorman@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

Monday, 14 November 2016

NUI Galway’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy project, The Voices of Individuals: Collectively Exploring Self-determination (VOICES) will hold a seminar on ‘The Freedom to Choose: Contracts, Capacity and the Law’.  The free public seminar will take place on Friday, 18 November in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway.  Contracts are entered every single day - when shopping, paying bills or downloading apps on mobile phones. However, many people are denied the opportunity to make legally binding contracts, often because they are perceived to lack mental capacity. This seminar will explore capacity to contract in many areas of life for people with disabilities (including people with dementia and mental health experience) such as tenancy agreements, buying a home, contracts for services and financial agreements. It will examine how with the right support, people can make legally binding contracts that respect their will and preferences, while providing security for third parties who enter into contracts with people using this kind of support. The seminar will be of interest to students, researchers, people with disabilities, people with experience of the mental health system, family members, and practitioners in the fields of law, health and social care. Dr Eilionóir Flynn, Principal Investigator on the VOICES Project and Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway, said: “The speakers at the event come from a wide range of countries including Bulgaria, Kenya, Ireland, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. The speakers also have a diverse range of experience – as lawyers, researchers, self-advocates and activists, with personal and professional experience of contract law and the restrictions faced by people with disabilites when entering into contracts in all areas of life. Together, we hope to answer some of the most difficult questions about how equality before the law and freedom of choice can be guaranteed for people with disabilities, by reflecting on the stories and experiences of participants in the project and jointly developing new proposals for reform.” The VOICES project is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, awarded to Dr Eilionóir Flynn, the youngest person to ever receive such an award. Further information is available at www.ercvoices.com or email Clíona de Bhailís on ercvoices@nuigalway.ie or 091 494272. Participant accessibility requests and enquiries are welcomed. -Ends-

Thursday, 10 November 2016

NUI Galway is delighted to host a major international academic conference as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme , entitled 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. As the Centenary year draws to a close, this conference, which is free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of the year and to explore what it means to be a republic in the 21st century. The conference, which opens today Thursday, 10 November will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall until Saturday, 12 November, with contributions from leading Irish and international scholars, reflecting on a century of national sovereignty and examining how the Irish State has delivered on the promise of Easter 1916. At the opening of the Conference, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. said: "The idea for a major academic conference came from the expert advisory group on commemorations, which we set up when we entered government in 2011, chaired by Dr Maurice Manning. This conference is about the new scholarship of 2016 – an exploration of what we know at the end of the Centenary Year that we didn’t know before. Over the course of the last twelve months, what began as reflections on patriotism became conversations about political values and civic culture. We thought we were looking at the past, but it turned out that we are more interested in looking to the future, but a future based on the finest values of the past. The Centenary Year – and this national conference in Galway - gives us the opportunity to articulate and define what this generation must do to create a legacy worthy of the legacy bequeathed to us." Speaking at the opening address, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne, said: “For the next three days, NUI Galway is proud to be the venue for a landmark moment in this year of national reflection as we host the academic conference, Ireland 1916-2016: The Promise and Challenge of National Sovereignty. As the centrepiece of The Centenary Conversations this conference is intended to round off this special year and to begin a conversation about Ireland’s identity and choices for the next 100 years. We will reflect on a century of national sovereignty and examine how the Irish State has delivered on the promise of Easter 1916 and we’ll be prompted to question what the future holds for Ireland as a small nation state on the periphery of Europe, in an increasingly globalised world. NUI Galway is pleased to host this important national conversation and I am particularly pleased that the all universities on the island of Ireland are represented in the conference programme… along with institutes of technology, other colleges, independent scholars and cultural institutions.” The conference will feature a host of internationally-renowned academics, historians and special guests, and will explore and debate some of the most important issues and challenges facing us today.  The conference will be opened by An Taoiseach and participants will include Minister Humphreys, Professor Roy Foster (University of Oxford), Professor Philip Pettit (Princeton University), Professor Louise Richardson (University of Oxford), Professor Clair Wills (Princeton University), Fintan O’Toole, and Professor Brendan O'Leary (University of Pennsylvania), as well as academics from across the entire third level sector in Ireland. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys T.D. added: “This conference at NUI Galway is one of the final flagship events of this centenary year, and it will provide us with an important opportunity to reflect on the year to date and to consider what’s next. We will hear from some of the leading historians who helped to us to understand the events of 100 years ago, and we will also consider the impact the centenary celebrations have had on our views of culture and identity. My focus has is now turning to the legacy we can build for the future, with a renewed focus on culture and creativity as central to Irish life.” A specially curated Fringe programme of talks, exhibitions, performances and special events will also take place in NUI Galway and in venues across the city.  Highlights of the fringe programme include: Ceann Comhairle, Hector Ó hEochagáin will convene a special sitting of the 2116 Parliament, where ten guest speakers will deliver a five-minute motion to the Assembly, after which questions may be taken from the floor. Look beyond the headlines and seek out the complicated and sometimes inconvenient truth in The Experts Bite Back, where experts fact-checks claims by politicians and the media on recent controversial issues and in a mission to get to the truth of the matter. Award-winning 16 x 16 Next Generation artist Sian Ní Mhuirí presents 16 and Rising, the story of a secret revolutionary organisation of women and men who gather in a basement to plan an insurrection that will transform the city, and challenge the survival of the 32nd Dáil. Host of the popular Hedge School series, Tommy Graham comes to Galway with the History Ireland Hedge School: All Changed, Changed Utterly … from 1916 to Brexit. A discussion with a difference, and considerable good humour! Those who may be interested in attending this free event can find a full Conference Programme here and Registration details here or see www.ireland.ie -Ends-  Mórchomhdháil Chomórtha Céad Bliain ag oscailt in OÉ Gaillimh Cúis áthais do OÉ Gaillimh go mbeidh mórchomhdháil acadúil idirnáisiúnta ar siúl anseo, mar chuid de Chlár Comórtha Céad Bliain ar 1916, dar teideal Éire 1916-2016: Gealladh agus Dúshláin na Ceannasachta Náisiúnta. Agus deireadh ag teacht leis an gComóradh Céad Bliain, deis atá sa chomhdháil seo, atá saor in aisce agus oscailte don phobal, le breathnú siar ar oidhreacht na bliana agus machnamh a dhéanamh faoin gciall atá le poblacht san 21ú haois. Cuirfear tús leis an gcomhdháil inniu Déardaoin, an 10 Samhain, i Halla Bailey Allen agus beidh sí ar siúl go dtí Dé Sathairn, an 12 Samhain. Beidh scoláirí mór le rá as Éirinn agus níos faide i gcéin ag labhairt ag an gcomhdháil faoi chéad bliain de cheannasacht náisiúnta agus faoin gcaoi a bhfuil Stát na tíre seo ag comhlíonadh ghealladh na Cásca 1916. Agus an Chomhdháil á hoscailt aige, dúirt an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D.: "Tháinig an smaoineamh faoi mhórchomhdháil ó shainghrúpa comhairleach ar chomóradh faoi chathaoirleacht an Dr Maurice Manning, a bhí bunaithe againn nuair a thosaigh an rialtas seo in 2011. Bun agus barr na comhdhála seo is ea scoláireacht nua 2016  – scrúdú ar an méid atá foghlamtha againn faoi dheireadh Bhliain an Chomórtha. Thosaíomar amach dhá mhí dhéag ó shin le machnamh ar thírghrá agus anois tá plé againn faoi luachanna polaitiúla agus cultúr cathartha. Shíleamar gur ag breathnú ar an am a caitheadh a bhíomar, ach i ndáiríre is mó suim atá againne san am atá le teacht, ach é a bheith bunaithe ar ardluachanna an am a caitheadh. Deis atá i mBliain an Chomórtha – agus sa chomhdháil náisiúnta seo i nGaillimh - cur síos a dhéanamh ar an méid a chaithfidh an ghlúin seo a dhéanamh chun oidhreacht shaibhir a chothú agus a chruthú." Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr Jim Browne mar óráid tosaigh:“As seo go ceann trí lá, is mór an onóir do OÉ Gaillimh an chomhdháil acadúil a bheith ar siúl anseo, Éire 1916-2016: Gealladh agus Dúshláin na Ceannasachta Náisiúnta. Ag croí na comhdhála seo beidh Comhráití an Chéid chun clabhsúr a chur le bliain speisialta agus tús a chur le comhrá faoi aitheantas na hÉireann agus a cuid roghanna as seo go ceann céad bliain. Breathnófar siar ar chéad bliain ceannasachta náisiúnta agus déanfar scrúdú ar an gcaoi a bhfuil Stát na hÉireann ag comhlíonadh ghealladh na Cásca 1916. Iarrfar orainn machnamh a dhéanamh faoi thodhchaí na hÉireann mar stát beag ar imeall na hEorpa agus muid ag feidhmiú níos mó ar leibhéal domhanda anois ná a bhí riamh. Is mór an onóir do OÉ Gaillimh go mbeidh an comhrá náisiúnta seo ar bun anseo agus táim an-sásta go mbeidh ionadaíocht ag gach ollscoil ar oileán na hÉireann i gclár na comhdhála… mar aon le hinstitiúidí teicneolaíochta, coláistí eile, scoláirí neamhspleácha agus institiúidí cultúir.” Beidh lucht acadúil a bhfuil cáil idirnáisiúnta orthu mar aon le staraithe agus aíonna speisialta i mbun cainte ag an gcomhdháil agus déanfar plé ar chuid de na deacrachtaí agus na dúshláin is mó atá romhainn sa lá atá inniu ann.  Osclóidh an Taoiseach an chomhdháil agus i measc na rannpháirtithe beidh an tAire Humphreys, an tOllamh Roy Foster (Ollscoil Oxford), an tOllamh Philip Pettit (Ollscoil Princeton), an tOllamh Louise Richardson (Ollscoil Oxford), an tOllamh Clair Wills (Ollscoil Princeton), Fintan O’Toole, agus an tOllamh Brendan O'Leary (Ollscoil Pennsylvania), chomh maith le lucht acadúil as earnáil tríú leibhéal na hÉireann. Dúirt an tAire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta Heather Humphreys T.D.: “Tá an chomhdháil seo ag OÉ Gaillimh ar cheann de na hócáidí móra deireanacha sa bhliain chomórtha seo agus is deis thábhachtach a bheas inti breathnú siar ar an mbliain go dtí seo agus ar an méid atá le teacht. Cloisfimid ó staraithe mór le rá a chuidigh linn tuiscint a fháil ar imeachtaí 100 bliain ó shin agus déanfaimid machnamh ar an tionchar a bhí ag an gcomóradh céad bliain ar ár ndearcadh faoi chultúr agus féiniúlacht. Tá an bhéim anois ar an oidhreacht a d'fhéadfaí a chruthú don todhchaí, agus béim láidir ar an gcultúr agus ar an gcruthaitheacht i saol na hÉireann.” Beidh clár Imeallach cainteanna, taispeántas, léirithe agus imeachtaí speisialta ar siúl chomh maith in OÉ Gaillimh agus in ionaid eile timpeall na cathrach.  Seo a leanas cuid de bhuaicphointí an chláir: Tabharfaidh an Ceann Comhairle, Hector Ó hEochagáin, Parlaimint 2116 le chéile áit a labhróidh deichniúr cainteoirí ar rún áirithe ar feadh cúig nóiméad don Tionól. Beidh ceisteanna ón urlár ansin. Beidh deis féachaint ar chúrsaí reatha an lae le The Experts Bite Back, imeacht ina seiceáiltear fíricí a rinne polaiteoirí agus na meáin maidir le hábhair chonspóideacha le déanaí agus fírinne an scéil a fhiosrú. Ealaíontóir í Sian Ní Mhuirí a bhfuil gradam buaite aici do 16 x 16 Next Generation. Cuirfidh sí 16 and Rising inár láthair - scéal faoi eagraíocht rúnda ban agus fear a thagann le chéile in íoslach chun éirí amach a phleanáil a athróidh an chathair agus a chuirfidh an 32ú Dáil i mbaol. Tá Tommy Graham, a chuireann an tsraith Chois Chlaí i láthair, go Gaillimh le Scoil Chois Claí History Ireland: All Changed, Changed Utterly … from 1916 to Brexit. Plé neamhghnách a bheas anseo lán le greann agus le gáire! Tá Clár iomlán na Comhdhála le fáil anseo agus tá sonraí Clárúcháin le fáil anseo nó féach www.ireland.ie -Críoch-

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

€12 million network includes six universities and global healthcare leaders Unilever and GE Healthcare Network aims to assist 240 SMEs in Ireland and Wales CALIN a new €12 million life science network to assist Irish and Welsh businesses to innovate, was announced today by Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford. CALIN (Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network) a collaborative programme led by Swansea University’s Medical School is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme. CALIN aims to engage and assist over 240 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) throughout Ireland and Wales by offering open access to a unique strategic international partnership involving six world leading higher educational institutions and global healthcare leaders Unilever and GE Healthcare. The six higher educational institutions are: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork in Ireland; and Bangor University, Cardiff University and Swansea University in Wales. Through CALIN, Welsh and Irish businesses will have access to a powerful knowledge base and technological infrastructure enabling accelerated innovation and access to a network of key stakeholders including those involved in supply chains, route-to-market and end-user healthcare providers. CALIN’s aim is to drive smart sustainable growth in advanced life sciences in both Ireland and Wales, by undertaking a large number of collaborative R&D projects, and through these generating new jobs and attracting investors into the cross-border regions. The Welsh Government’s Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “Life science is a key sector in Wales and Ireland and this funding will support research and development, which is vital to the creation of new products, technology and jobs. “It is excellent news for more than 240 small and medium-sized businesses and I’m delighted that expertise in the participating universities will be shared and used across both our countries.” Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, said: “The Ireland-Wales programme shows how EU funding can contribute to successful cross-border cooperation – in this case across our maritime border with the UK. The CALIN project is an excellent example of how it supports research and development in universities for the benefit of enterprises of all sizes, leading to new jobs and further investment in new technologies. “This announcement shows funding under the Ireland-Wales programme is going ahead and that programme beneficiaries can plan for the future with confidence. The Irish Government strongly supports the programme and is committed to its successful implementation.” All R&D activities will include a collaborative partnership between an SME and both an Irish and a Welsh university over a 1-3 year period depending on the nature of the development programme. The network will offer R&D, technological development and innovation support to SMEs, which will drive the international competitiveness of both regions.  Together the internationally recognised centres of excellence will foster long-term cross-border research and industrial partnerships, building a platform of excellence for wider interactions in Europe and beyond. Professor Frank Barry, Scientific Director, Regenerative Medicine Institute, who leads the CALIN project at NUI Galway said: “This is a very exciting and unique opportunity for us to collaborate with SMEs in the biotech sector to help them expand their R&D effort and develop new technologies and products.”  Based at NUI Galway, the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) is a world-class biomedical research centre focusing on gene therapy and stem cell research.  REMEDI is home to the Centre for Cell Manufacturing, the first and only approved facility on the Island of Ireland. Professor Ken Dawson, Director, Centre for BioNano Interactions, UCD School of Chemistry, and Irish CALIN co-ordinator said, “This programme will allow University College Dublin to use our scientific knowledge and expertise in a practical way to support SMEs. This includes supporting new life science start-ups, many of whom currently experience the ‘valley of death’, as they try to progress from proof-of-concept to market. This funding will play a part in strengthening indigenous Irish and Welsh SMEs and their capacity to produce advanced products, with strong market potential, and increase the number of high-quality jobs.” Dr Paul Galvin, Head of ICT for Health Programmes at Tyndall National Institute said: “Collaboration is vital to innovation, and particularly in the life sciences sector. CALIN brings together the best of academic and industry co-operation accelerating innovative developments at the convergence of ICT and life sciences.  At Tyndall, we embrace opportunities to work with the most innovative life-science entrepreneurs and we are committed to driving progress and optimising the opportunity presented by this multi-million euro collaborative network." Professor Shareen Doak, Swansea University and CALIN Director said: “This initiative will strengthen our combined research base and create strong commercial foundations for life sciences both regionally and globally.  A key focus will be to support partnerships that will last beyond the term of the programme and create a legacy for the future wealth generation of network-linked SMEs.” Dr Stephen Barnwell, European Open Innovation Manager, Unilever, said: “CALIN will provide a unique opportunity for businesses to work with institutes across both Ireland and Wales. This pool of world-class expertise will promote exciting business opportunities by enabling engagement with a broad knowledge network offering combined research and innovation expertise. This is an exciting initiative, promising great benefits to the health and life science commercial sectors of both countries.” ENDS

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

NUI Galway’s Art Gallery is hosting a solo art exhibition by Marie Connole entitled ‘The Shapeshifter’s Trail’, which is currently running at the University until Saturday, 19 November. The retrospective charts fifteen years of the artists’ exploration of animal and human shape-changers. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 12-4pm. The official public launch will take place on Saturday, 12 November at 12.30pm and will feature a short talk by the artist on her art practice. Pivotal works have been selected for the exhibition from five distinct series, primarily in painting and drawing, exploring the theme through a variety of images and media. One series examines connections between shapeshifting folktales and Irish animals relating to Co. Clare. Other work depicts a peculiar being journeying through surreal environments inspired by the Burren landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Marie Connole is a visual artist and teacher from Clare. She currently works from her studio in Ennis and her practice combines drawing, painting, installation and animation. Her work has exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland, 126 Gallery, Occupy Space, Limerick Printmakers, the Science Gallery TCD and Draiocht Arts Centre. Events include EVA International, Aughty Public Art Projects, Kinsale Arts Festival and Tulca. Her paintings feature in the collections of AXA Insurance, Wesley College Dublin, Galway County Council, Clare County Arts Office and the Kilkenny Arts Office. She will also have a solo exhibition in the Irish Arts Centre in New York in 2017. For more information visit http://www.marieconnole.com/ or to arrange a visit at Marie’s studio in Ennis email marieconnole@yahoo.com. -Ends-

Monday, 7 November 2016

The first community-based social inclusion café to exist on a higher education campus in Ireland Saol Café at NUI Galway has been named the Friendliest Business in Ireland by the JCI Ireland Friendly Business Awards. Based in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) in NUI Galway, Saol Café is a not-for-profit community project. No ordinary café, Saol Café brings together local community partners, SCCUL Enterprises and leading academics from within the Life Course and Society Institute, and has set the foundations for the first community-based social inclusion café to exist on a higher education campus in Ireland.  Saol Café focuses on employment for people within the community who would be traditionally marginalized. The aim to provide a strong foundation for those individuals by teaching them the skills and providing paid employment so they engage with the community in a working environment and have the confidence to make a difference to their lives through resourceful living, green issues, sourcing, cooking and sharing wholesome food. The JCI Ireland Friendly Business Awards, supported by Bank of Ireland, is a flagship business programme where JCI recognise the pivotal role small businesses play in the local community. The aim of the Friendly Business Awards is to celebrate the value these businesses bring to our local communities every day. Each summer sees JCI branches across Ireland run the JCI Friendly Business Awards. These awards were set up to recognise businesses that excel in serving the needs of the local community and play a vital role in its development. In August Saol Café were announced as the Friendliest Business in Galway in the Regional Awards. This propelled them onto the National finals where 50% of the final marks were decided by a public vote. 500 businesses took part in the awards and Saol Café emerged as the Overall Friendliest Business in Ireland. Annette Hassett, Operations Manager with SCCUL Enterprises, said: “The team in Saol Café are delighted with the Award it’s a tremendous accolade for a business that is just one year in operation. We promote inclusive employment and hopefully this Award will encourage other employers to consider hiring staff through supported employment models.” Menus are designed around produce available from local farms and artisan producers. Saol Café works with the local businesses such as Kinvara Smoked Salmon, Lizzy Jams and Chutneys, Galway Goats Cheese, Foods of Athenry, Sheridan’s Cheese, Juicy Lucy and Galway Food Company to name a few. Their food provenance is paramount, so time is taken to ensure the ingredients are from sustainable and ethical sources. Open to the public Saol Café, just off the Upper Newcastle Road in Dangan, brings a magical taste of the community into the heart of the ILAS and its welcoming atmosphere. Operating from Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Fridays until 3.30pm, the café seats 40 and serves up healthy nutritious food catering for all tastes including Coeliac and Vegans. 80% of Saol’s produce is either organic, local or fair trade.  For further information, please see www.saolcafe.ie, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @saolcafe. -ENDS-

Monday, 7 November 2016

EU briefing for students of only Irish language interpreters training in the world The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Interpretation, Florika Fink-Hooijer visited NUI Galway recently where she met with staff and students of the MA/PDip in Conference Interpreting, currently being taught at the University. Mrs Fink-Hooijer spoke to the multilingual MA class at NUI Galway on issues related to multilingualism in the EU, and future career opportunities in conference interpreting for graduates of the programme. Emphasising the importance of interpreter training, Mrs Fink-Hooijer said: “The primary responsibility for training conference interpreters lays with the universities of member states. NUI Galway, and in particular Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, is the only Conference Interpreter training course provided on the entire island of Ireland and the only source of Irish language interpreters in the world, so its activities should be nurtured. The solid relationship between NUI Galway and the Directorate General for Interpretation allows us to build up interpreting resources for Irish and indeed English.” Cooperation with the Directorate-General for Interpretation began in 2008 and they provide regular teaching support from experienced staff interpreters and trainers from the institutions. Every year students of the MA in Conference Interpreting visit the institutions in Brussels for practical work experience, in real meetings, in a dummy booth. During her Irish Visit, the Director-General met with officials of the Irish Government to discuss Irish as a full official and working language of the EU. The EU has always considered cultural and linguistic diversity a richness and a strength and as something to be safeguarded. Reliable interpreting services are essential to the institutions and NUI Galway is committed to providing the requisite skills to their graduates to enable them to avail of these opportunities. -Ends- Cuairt ag Ard-Stiúrthóir na hAteangaireachta ar OÉ Gaillimh  Cruinniú faisnéise AE leis na mic léinn ar an t-aon chúrsa traenála d’ateangairí in Éirinn Thug Florkia Fink-Hooijer, Ard-Stiúrthóir na hAteangaireachta sa Choimisiún Eorpach, cuairt ar Ghaillimh le gairid, áit ar casadh uirthi le comhaltaí foirne agus mic léinn an MA san Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála, atá ar siúl san Ollscoil.  Labhair an tArd-Stiúrthóir Fink-Hooijer le mic léinn an MA faoi pholasaí ilteangachais san AE agus na deiseanna fostaíochta atá san earnáil dóibh siúd le cáilíocht aitheanta sa ghairm. Dúirt Florika Fink-Hooijer agus í ag iarraidh béim a leagan ar thábhacht na traenála: “Is iad na hollscoileanna sna ballstáit atá freagrach as traenáil a chur ar fáil d’ateangairí comhdhála.  Is é an cúrsa in OÉ Gaillimh agus in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge an t-aon chúrsa traenála d’ateangairí le Gaeilge ar domhan, mar sin is gá an obair atá ar bun ansin a chothú. A bhuíochas don dlúthchaidreamh atá againn leis an MA san Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála anseo in OÉ Gaillimh, d’éirigh le hArd-Stiúrthóireacht na hAteangaireachta cur leis na hacmhainní ateangaireachta le Gaeilge agus go deimhin le Béarla le cúpla bliain anuas.” Thosaigh an comhoibriú idir OÉ Gaillimh agus Ard-Stiúrthóireacht na hAteangaireachta in 2008 agus cuireann ateangairí foirne agus traenálaithe a bhfuil taithí na mblianta acu ón Ard-Stiúrthóireacht tacaíocht oideachasúil ar fáil ar an gcúrsa MA go rialta. Ina theannta sin, gach uile bhliain tugann mic léinn ón MA cuairt staidéir ar an mBruiséil chun taithí a fháil ar obair phraiticiúil na gairme, ag cruinnithe beo. Le linn na cuairte, chas an ghrúpa le hionadaithe ó Rialtas na hÉireann freisin agus bhí plé ann chun na todhchaí na Gaeilge mar theanga oifigiúil agus oibre iomlán den AE a phlé. Tá tuairimí láidir ag an AE le fada an lá faoin tábhacht a bhaineann le saibhreas teanga agus ilchineálacht chultúrtha a chaomhnú. Tá seirbhísí ateangaireachta iontaofa i gcroílár na n-institiúidí agus tá rún daingean ag OÉ Gaillimh na scileanna atá de dhíth a thabhairt do na mic léinn chun gur féidir leo na deiseanna fostaíochta atá ag teacht ar an bhfód a thapú.  -Críoch-

Monday, 7 November 2016

Mother and daughter team from NUI Galway address global audience of influencers and announce partnership with US-based Digital Citizenship Institute NUI Galway-based Digital Training Institute is partnering with US-based Digital Citizenship Institute to certify trainers, accredit courses and create digital citizenship programs for professionals and companies across the globe. The announcement was made at last week’s global Digital Citizenship Summit which took place at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. CEO of Digital Training Institute Joanne Sweeney-Burke who is based at the Innovation Centre at NUI Galway has been writing and delivering digital citizenship programmes for the past four years in conjunction with her 21-year old daughter Sophie, a final year NUI Galway accountancy student. They were speakers at the summit and addressed an audience of influencers on The Digital DNA of Generation Z. Where it all started Four years ago Joanne and Sophie wrote a course for teens called Young Minds Online which was piloted in Salerno Secondary School in Galway. It was later sold to Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s largest Internet security companies. Last week their work on digital citizenship brought them to Twitter headquarters in San Francisco where they addressed a global audience of influencers. Speaking from San Francisco, Joanne said, “I wrote a blog post after the Digital Citizenship Summit explaining why parenting at 17 years old inspired me to be a digcit parent. My age coupled with my digital skills gave me the confidence and know-how to help Sophie navigate the social web as a 13-year old teen. It planted a seed of how both of us could empower others in digital citizenship.” Digital citizenship is the safe, savvy and ethical use of the Internet, a term coined by Dr Mike Ribble, referred to as the godfather of digital citizenship and author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, 3rd Edition who also spoke at the Digital Citizenship Summit. Dr Ribble is part of the Digital Citizenship Institute research team along with Jason Ohler, author, professor and digital humanist. Co-founded by Dr Marialice Curran and David Polgar, the Digital Citizenship Summits have taken place across the US and earlier this year took place in Bournemouth in the UK. Joanne and Sophie spoke at this event also. Digital Training Institute & Digital Citizenship Institute partnership Joanne also announced a formal partnership with Digital Citizenship Institute and its founder Dr Marialice Curran who has an extensive career in academia. She has also founded DigCitKids, a platform for children to promote and advocate for good digital citizenship which she runs with her 10-year old son Curran. Dr Curran commented: “I am delighted to partner with Digital Training Institute who have done so much work in Europe on digital citizenship. Joanne has an excellent digital portfolio and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her vision is to ensure all workplaces are digital citizenship friendly and that no generation is left behind in the Digital Age. “My Institute will provide accreditation for our corporate programmes, as well as certifying digital citizenship educators in the workplace. Much of the work done in the United States has been focused on education and the corporate word has been largely ignored, however Joanne has identified a need and collectively we have the solution.” ENDS

Thursday, 3 November 2016

An award-winning NUI Galway researcher, Dr Emily Porter, was selected to attend the recent 2016 Rising Stars Workshop for her work on understanding human soft tissue. The workshop was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The annual academic career event brings together over 60 of the brightest female Ph.D. students, postdocs, and engineers/scientists in the fields of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. Over the two-day workshop the select group presented their work, and focused on scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions. Dr Porter's research focuses on the dielectric properties of human tissues and their use in the design and development of cutting-edge medical devices. Explaining her research in simple terms, Dr Porter said: “The human body is amazingly complex, and there is still so much to be understood. My interest is in the electrical properties of our tissues, including how our body interacts with electromagnetic energy such as with mobile phones or magnetic resonance imaging. This work promises to provide insight for building new electromagnetic medical devices for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers and other diseases.” Based in NUI Galway’s Lambe Institute for Translational Research, Dr Porter works under the supervision of Dr Martin O’Halloran in the Translational Medical Device Lab.  Dr O’Halloran said: “Working alongside NUI Galway’s Dr Róisín Dwyer and Professor Michael Kerin in the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, Dr Porter is developing improved methods for measuring the dielectric properties of biological tissue. This will allow us to have alternatives in future to development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic technologies.” Dr Porter’s research is funded by the European Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. -ends-

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), hosted by NUI Galway, has been shortlisted for the the ISA (Irish Software Association) Software Awards 2016 in the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year’ category. Following publication of shortlisted entries, the 30 shortlisted companies will present to eight independent panels of judges, composed of CEOs and founders of successful Irish software and digital technology companies. Director of the ISA Paul Sweetman said: “The software and digital technology sector in Ireland is thriving. Year-on-year, stellar companies are entering the Awards and 2016 is no exception. More than 70 tech companies and organisations from across Ireland entered the awards this year and it is the tireless efforts of all in these companies that bring Ireland to the fore of the global technology sector.” Commenting on being shortlisted, Professor JC Desplat, Director of ICHEC, said: “I am delighted that ICHEC has been shortlisted for this prestigious award, making this our third consecutive selection. This consistency is a good indicator of the constant stream of innovations coming out of our centre.” Dr Simon Wong, project lead at ICHEC for the software and data anlaysis work under consideration, added: “It has been a pleasure for our team to work with our partners, including Professor Dermot Kenny’s group at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on cutting edge medical diagnostics technology to improve patient care. We believe that software innovations play a critical role in the medical diagnostics industry that often brings together expertise from diverse fields of science, engineering and IT.” The ISA Software Awards will take place on Friday, 25 November in the Mansion House, Dublin. The keynote speaker for the awards is Mark Little, Vice-President of Media EMEA and Managing Director of Twitter Ireland and, founder of Storyful. The full list of the shortlisted companies can be found on www.software.ie/awards. -Ends-

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

NUI Galway’s Dr Jerome Sheahan has been recognised as a 2016 Teaching Hero by his students in the recent National Teaching Hero Awards in Dublin Castle. Dr Sheahan is a lecturer with the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at the University. Jointly run by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Union of Students in Ireland, this is the second round of these national awards designed to engage and empower students in defining, identifying and celebrating impactful teaching. The Teaching Hero campaign 2016 focuses on innovative, creative and inspiring teaching and its impact on student learning.  Congratulating Dr Sheahan on his award, NUI Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, said: “Dr Jerome Sheahan is an outstanding teacher and I am delighted that he will be honoured nationally as a Teaching Hero. Jerome is an exceptionally committed teacher, whose dedication to his students over many decades is renowned. At NUI Galway he has been honoured twice with a President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. On behalf of NUI Galway I extend warmest congratulations to Jerome on his well-deserved national recognition as a Teaching Hero.” -Ends-

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Students interested in studying at NUI Galway are invited to an information evening in Ennis on Thursday, 10 November. Students interested in undergraduate or postgraduate courses are welcome to attend. Parents, guardians and guidance counsellors are also particularly welcome to the event which runs from 7 to 9pm in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Co. Clare. The evening will begin with short talks about NUI Galway and the undergraduate courses it offers. Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff will be on hand to answer any individual questions in relation to courses and practical issues like accommodation, fees and scholarships, and the wide range of support services available to our students. The ever-increasing popularity of NUI Galway is in-part due to innovative programmes, developed in response to the changing needs of the employment market. Unique programmes include a suite of Arts degree programmes including Drama, Creative Writing and Human Rights, an Energy Systems Engineering degree, a Maths and Education degree aimed at training Maths teachers, a Marine Science degree and Podiatric Medicine, a programme unique in Ireland. Visitors to the information evening will also get information on NUI Galway’s newest degree programmes, a Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience), Bachelor in Children’s Studies and the BSc (Applied Social Sciences). Sarah Geraghty, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager at NUI Galway, said: “NUI Galway has a great deal to offer. Our own students tell us our lecturers are inspirational and challenge them to achieve their full potential. The student experience in Galway is second to none, and we want to bring a taste of that to County Clare, while also providing all the practical information on accommodation, fees, scholarships and courses. With so many courses on offer, this event in Ennis is a perfect opportunity for prospective students to meet current students and lecturers to see what degree might be the right fit for them.” To find out more about the information evening in Ennis, contact NUI Galway's Marketing Officer, Niamh Connolly on 086 0110526 or niamh.connolly@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Students from across Connacht who received an ‘A’ in Junior Certificate Honours Business Studies, were presented with Certificates of Achievement from the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway recently. The presentations, in association with the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI), were made at a special ceremony at the University which included teachers and parents. This is the seventh year NUI Galway has presented these awards. A record 370 students received recognition for their outstanding academic achievement at the ceremony this year. The certificates were awarded to students from 66 individual schools throughout the counties of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Professor John McHale, Dean of the College of Business Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway, who presented the certificates to each individual winner, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the students on their wonderful success. Recipients of this award place amongst the top 9.2% of students who sat this examination, an achievement to be most definitely proud of. NUI Galway believes that it is important to recognise the achievements of our potential future business leaders. I would also like to acknowledge the work of teachers in helping students achieve their potential. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting many of these students again in NUI Galway as students of our programmes in the future.” Seamus Robinson, former President, BSTAI, said: “The BSTAI is delighted to continue its partnership with NUI Galway in recognising students who have achieved excellence in Business Studies as part of their Junior Certificate. Congratulations to you, your teachers, parents and principals. The recipients of these awards hold the visionary seeds of the future and I am confident many of today’s award recipients will build successful careers in the business world.” -Ends-

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Two documentaries tell the stories of Parkinson’s patients and sporting injuries. What happens when scientists and filmmakers collide and what stories emerge? This was the question posed by ‘Science on Screen’, an initiative from Galway Film Centre, CÚRAM at NUI Galway, and Galway UNESCO City of Film, with the support of Science Foundation of Ireland. The result has been two documentaries featuring the groundbreaking world of medical device research taking place in CÚRAM. Feats of Modest Valour is a touching portrait of three individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and the scientists who are developing a new medical device, which could potentially halt or even cure the disease; and Mending Legends looks at the devastating effects of tendon injury on sports people and the team of scientists who are working to form the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. These two films will premiere during both SFI's National Science Week and the Galway Science and Technology Festival, on Saturday, 19 November in An Taibhdhearc. Jonathan McCrea of Newstalk Radio will conduct a Q&A with the filmmakers and scientists after the screening. Storytelling through science was the ethos that underpinned these films and this is apparent from the rich characters that we encounter in both documentaries. In Mending Legends, presented by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, we meet Jessie Barr who just missed out on the Rio 2016 Olympics due to tendon injury, made all the more bittersweet by her brother’s fourth placing in the 400m hurdles at those very same events. Pádraic Joyce, Galway football legend, also recounts playing through the pain for the love of the game. The exciting research led by Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis that is taking place at CÚRAM in NUI Galway, could make huge differences to sports people of the future. The film is produced by James Ryan of StationHouse Media in Athenry and directed by Paul Webster. In Feats of Modest Valour we meet three individuals living with the physical challenges of Parkinson’s. Brian Carney from County Mayo works on the family farm, while Milena Lulic who lives in Galway City recounts her days in World War II in Croatia. Also Tom Hickey, Irish actor who recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Abbey Theatre from the President Michael D. Higgins, talks about how suffering for his art takes on a whole new meaning with the disease. Meanwhile, scientists led by NUI Galway’s Dr Eilis O’Dowd continue searching for a way to halt the disease. The film is co-directed and co-produced by Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell of Ishka Films. Declan Gibbons, Director of Galway UNESCO City of Film, said: “One of the key ambitions underscoring Galway’s status as a UNESCO City of Film is to promote the merging of science, technology and creativity in exciting new projects. The idea of using film to explore the ground breaking scientific research being done on our doorstep in CÚRAM in NUI Galway, offers a wonderful fusion of art and science in a highly creative way. It is exactly the type of project that City of Film should be initiating and so we are delighted to have been involved in these two films since the get-go.” “The two research projects featured in these documentaries are at the cutting edge of biomedical research. Our investigators are coordinating these projects across Europe with numerous academic and industry partners”, said Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM, which is based in NUI Galway. “One of our key goals at CÚRAM is to provide access to information that comes from our research, so that the Irish public can stay informed about advances in science and healthcare. Science on Screen and our partnership with Galway Film Centre is one of our core public engagement programmes and we are delighted to have such strong outputs from the initiative this year. It is really important for us to ensure that there’s a two way flow of information happening between our researchers and members of the public, and these filmmakers have succeeded brilliantly in helping us do just that.” Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Strategy and Communications Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Supporting projects like this is part of our aim to create greater public debate and knowledge on challenges we face as a society and how scientific research and discoveries are helping to find solutions. By supporting Irish film and TV production we hope to make these stories accessible to a wide audience in an entertaining and engaging manner.” The films will screen at 2pm on Saturday, 19 November in An Taibhdhearc Theatre, Middle Street, Galway City. To RSVP, please contact admin@galwayfilmcentre.ie. More information is available at www.galwayfilmcentre.ie or www.curamdevices.ie. To view the trailers of the films visit https://vimeo.com/184564095 -Ends-

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

First TechInnovate Fellows announced by NUI Galway Teams will develop innovative technology solutions for pressing needs “Through the immersion phase, the Fellows get direct experience of the needs of a farmer or soldier in the field” Dr John Breslin Innovations in technology for the agricultural and defence sectors are being explored by the newly announced TechInnovate fellows at NUI Galway. The names of the entrepreneurial individuals who have been accepted onto the fellowship programme have been released. Taking cues from the successful BioInnovate programme for the medtech sector, TechInnovate’s aim is to enable technology innovators and innovations in new sectors, initially agriculture and defence. The first cohort of six fellows have been split into two teams, who will immerse themselves within the sectors. Over the course of the 10-month programme, the Fellowship teams will carry out a thorough needs analysis with end users, identify a pressing technological need, and then develop a solution.  The programme is being led by NUI Galway academic Dr John Breslin, who is himself an entrepreneur as co-founder of boards.ie, adverts.ie, and more recently the start-up hub PorterShed. Dr Breslin says: “Understand your users, that’s the key’ is a saying from serial entrepreneur and investor, Paul Graham. It captures the essence of what this programme is about, because through the immersion phase, the Fellows get direct experience of the needs of a farmer or soldier in the field. They then go on to filter and prioritise these needs and develop a solution wherein the key market opportunity lies.” Each team consists of an interdisciplinary grouping of engineer, businessperson and designer. All members are industry professionals with extensive expertise from different sectors. The defence team is made up of Ronan Boyle, an electronic engineer with significant industry experience in the medical devices industry, Greg Payne, with expertise in financial services, compliance and sales with a background in sports science, and Leon Butler, an accomplished visual narrative designer who recently completed a residency in LA. On the agriculture team are Niamh Lynch, an expert in quality and risk management for the medtech and pharma industries, Ciara Shields, a results-focused marketing and international business development executive with a passion for startups, and Paul Flynn, design thinking and learning environments specialist with an education and engineering background. Dr John Breslin explains the origins of TechInnovate: “The impetus for the development of this Fellowship Programme emerged from the Government’s Innovation Taskforce Report. It made recommendations on how to embed product design teaching and research in Ireland’s engineering schools and how to shift design education in Ireland to a model where creativity and innovation in product design are encouraged. The BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship Programme was created as a result of these recommendations, which in turn inspired the development of TechInnovate.” TechInnovate also has an experienced team of advisors with entrepreneurial and investment backgrounds, including: Gerard Barry, Galway-based investor and entrepreneur, founder of Privity Pay and formerly Fintrax; Patrick Dawson, investor and adtech entrepreneur (ex-MediaMath, Adobe) who has built businesses in Asia, Europe and the US; Dr Helen McBreen, Investment Director with Atlantic Bridge Ventures and formerly of NDRC and Celtrak; Barry O’Sullivan, Silicon Valley-based investor, entrepreneur, CEO of Altocloud, former SVP at Cisco, and dragon on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den; and Dr Gareth Keane, Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures in California. The programme is supported by NUI Galway and the Galway University Foundation, and is sponsored by Bank of Ireland and the Western Development Commission. A Continuing Professional Development series of workshops in the TechInnovate process is also being offered to supporting companies, and new sectors and immersion opportunities for teams are also being sought for future years. -ends-

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NUI Galway will host its Autumn Postgraduate Open Day on Tuesday, 8 November from 12-4pm in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. The Open Day is a key event for anyone wishing to broaden their skills-set, define their areas of expertise, increase their specialist knowledge and ultimately improve their job prospects. The Open Day will showcase over 400 of NUI Galway’s full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes, including taught and research masters, and doctoral research options. With over 3,500 postgraduate students currently attending NUI Galway, over 70 information stands will provide details on postgraduate opportunities at the University, with academic staff and current students on hand to answer questions about specific courses. A key part of the decision to pursue a postgraduate qualification is finding out as much as possible about the programmes, the application process and the funding options available. The upcoming Open Day brings together all the key people and organisations that provide support to postgraduate students. The practicalities of postgraduate studies are demystified with a series of talks including a speaker from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), the national awarding authority for all higher and further education student grants. Sarah Geraghty, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager at NUI Galway, said: “Time and again, research shows that professionals with a postgraduate qualification are more likely to be employed, are more likely to be working a field relevant to their qualification and have a greater earning power. Over 91% of NUI Galway graduates are employed or are in further study within six months of graduating from a postgraduate programme and we are encouraging anyone with an interest in improving their employment prospects to come to our Open Day and see for yourself the award-winning, employability-focused programmes offered by NUI Galway.”   Irish graduates are ranked first in Europe in terms of how employers rank graduates, and how postgraduate study boosts employability. The number of postgraduates in employment has grown consistently in recent years and NUI Galway’s well-established links with industry allows them to take the first step in building their career. NUI Galway offers a wide range of fourth level courses, developing programmes based on its traditional academic strengths of Arts, Social Sciences, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Medicine, Nursing, Health Science, Law, Engineering, Informatics and Science. These areas have been augmented with innovative research centres in areas as diverse as Biomedical Science and Engineering, International Human Rights, Digital Media and Film Studies, and Regenerative Medicine. To view NUI Galway’s suite of new and unique postgraduate programmes and to book a place at the Open Day visit www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or call in on the day. To apply for an NUI Galway postgraduate course visit www.pac.ie/nuigalway. -Ends-

Monday, 28 November 2016

Four NUI Galway experts have featured on the list of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers. The list is a citation analysis identifying scientists – as determined by their fellow researchers – whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study. NUI Galway’s Professor Henry Curran, Professor Colin O’Dowd, Professor Donal O’Regan, and Dr Ronan Sulpice, have featured on the list. They rank among the world’s top 3,000 scientific minds by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters. Professor Henry Curran is Director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre at NUI Galway’s School of Chemistry and of the Energy Research Centre in the Ryan Institute. His research interest lies in the study of the chemistry of how fuels burn in combustors in order to increase efficiency and reduce emissions for a cleaner world. Professor Colin O’Dowd is Director of the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway, and a Professor in the School of Physics, NUI Galway. Through his pioneering work in the field of atmospheric physics, Colin has become internationally renowned as one of the leading scientists in the field of climate change. Professor Donal O’Regan is a Personal Professor of Mathematics at NUI Galway’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics and an internationally recognised expert in the field of Nonlinear Analysis, Differential Equations, and Fixed Point Theory. He has written over 1,000 peer-reviewed mathematical articles, making him one of the most prolific authors in the history of mathematics in the world. Dr Ronan Sulpice is Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Visiting Professor at the University of Vicosa in Brazil. His research explores the relationship between plant metabolism and growth, and how they vary in response to environment changes. More than 3,000 researchers, in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences, were selected based on the number of highly cited papers they produced over an 11-year period from January 2004 to December 2014. “We are proud that our colleagues have earned global respect among the academic and scientific community for their excellent and transformative research. NUI Galway’s strong international reputation for research and innovation is reinforced with the inclusion of four of our faculty among the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers,” said Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway. The Highly Cited Researchers data from Clarivate Analytics form a key component of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, one of the longest established and most influential annual surveys of top universities globally (http://www.shanghairanking.com/index.html). NUI Galway’s teaching and research has already been significantly recognised this year through its consistent rise in international rankings. The University is placed in the Top 250 of both the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016/2017 and the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. -ends-

Friday, 28 October 2016

 International conference is opening event of ROSEnet, a four-year innovative collaboration between researchers and policy stakeholders across Europe Social exclusion of older people is a direct barrier to Europe’s social and economic development. That was the message from an international conference on ‘Old-Age Social Exclusion’ hosted today by the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society in NUI Galway. With consequences for individuals, families, and welfare and care systems in Europe, old-age exclusion involves multifaceted forms of disadvantage. It can, as a result impact on economic, social relations, services, civic rights and community areas of life. Presenting new research from different European and international locations, speakers at the conference identified key mechanisms of exclusion across these different life domains. Panel discussion members from European policy stakeholder organisations highlighted critical challenges and opportunities for social and public policy arising from social exclusion patterns and demographic ageing across Europe. The international conference was the opening event of a four-year innovative collaboration between researchers and policy stakeholders across Europe, entitled Reducing Old-Age Exclusion in Europe: Collaborations in Research and Policy, or ROSEnet. “Old-age exclusion undermines EU goals on Healthy and Active Ageing. But more than this, and because there will be an additional 17 million older people by 2020, it may mean that the European Commission’s target of reducing the number of people in exclusion by 20 million, by 2020, is unachievable”, said Dr Kieran Walsh, Acting Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, and Chair of ROSEnet.        “Currently, existing policy in this area can lack relevance for older people’s lives and is often not prioritised politically. It also rarely recognises how ageing and social exclusion patterns intersect to produce significant consequences for states and societies.” ROSEnet is funded by the European COST Association and aims to overcome critical knowledge gaps and fragmentation in research and policy to tackle social exclusion amongst older people in Europe and beyond.ROSEnet involves over 100 researchers and policy stakeholders from across 37 countries. Marking the first cross-national initiative of its kind, ROSEnet will produce shared cross-sector understandings of disadvantage in later life in order to direct the development of new policy and practice interventions for reducing exclusion in diverse European ageing societies. “It is only by sharing existing research knowledge and developing new collaborative partnerships between researchers and policy makers, that we can really begin to think about the best way to combat exclusion for older people, nationally and internationally”, added Dr Kieran Walsh. Over its four-year duration, ROSEnet will host a series of research and policy events across Europe and produce a series of related outputs and publications, including position papers, policy briefing notes and academic publications. The conference involved European and international researchers and key European-level policy stakeholders. It presented critical debate and analysis of state-of-the-art research and knowledge and explored new directions in policy development on exclusion in later life. Speakers focused on social, economic, service, civic rights, and community/spatial forms of exclusion, and in doing so will provide insight into the intersection of demographic ageing, recognised as a significant European issue, and social exclusion, a Europe 2020 priority. -ends-

Thursday, 27 October 2016

NUI Galway is delighted to be the host venue for the official celebrations for TG4 as it marks the official opening of the Irish language national television station 20 years ago on 31 October 1996. The celebration will see a transformation of the iconic Quadrangle to a major broadcast pavilion for a live TV show TG4XX Beo which will be aired at 9.30pm on Oíche Shamhna. NUI Galway is proud to have played its part in the development of TG4 and creative industries across the region though the work of the University’s centres in the Gaeltacht. Through its wide-ranging academic activities over many years in centres from Donegal to Connemara, the University has facilitated broad civic participation in an inclusive Irish language identity. Graduates and staff of NUI Galway have played significant roles on- and off-screen in the development and identity of Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG) since 1996 and TG4 since 1999. There at the beginning were Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir (now an NUI Galway lecturer); and graduate and NUI Galway Alumni Award winner, Gráinne Seoige, whose journey to the screen began in her student UCG days. Among the station’s news anchors, Siún Nic Gearailt, Eimear Ní Chonaola and Áine Lally all graduated from the University along with journalists Ailbhe Ó Monacháin, Caoimhe Ní Choncoille, and Joe Mag Raollaigh to name but a few well-known TG4 names. Academic programmes such as An tArd-Dioplóma sa Chumarsáid Fheidhmeach provided an important talent stream in the initial years of the channel and production programmes such as An Dioplóma i Scileanna Físe (offered first in Gaoth Dobhair and subsequently in locations across the country) were key contributors to sectoral capacity building for TG4 and the audio-visual sector nationally. Academic projects such as NUI Galway’s conference TG4@10 in October 2006 have examined the impact of TG4 on the language and media community. Speaking ahead of the live events planned for Halloween on the NUI Galway campus, President of the University, Dr Jim Browne said: “We are delighted to welcome TG4 to the very heart of the University this weekend. The Quadrangle at NUI Galway is a very fitting location for the celebrations to mark 20 years of Ireland’s national language television station. In many ways, the Quad is a living metaphor of the nation’s journey and an atmospheric and symbolic location. It is the foundation site of a pioneering intellectual endeavour and for over 170 years our University has demonstrated a history of engagement with the region, nation and wider world. This celebration allows us to join with TG4 in celebrating the cultural diversity and richness of our heritage, in a dynamic and modern context.  We look forward to an evening of celebrating the very best of our national identity.” Tune in to TG4 when the event will broadcast live on Monday, 31 October at 9.30pm. -Ends- TG4 ag Ceiliúradh 20 Bliain ar an bhfód in OÉ Gaillimh Cúis áthais do OÉ Gaillimh go mbeidh TG4 ag ceiliúradh scór bliain ó láinseáladh an stáisiún teilifíse Gaeilge go hoifigiúil scór bliain ó shin, an 31 Deireadh Fómhair 1996. Beidh an Chearnóg ina hardán mór craoltóireachta don seó beo teilifíse TG4XX Beo a chraolfar ag 9.30pm Oíche Shamhna. Cúis bróid do OÉ Gaillimh an pháirt a bhí aici ag forbairt TG4 agus na dtionscal cruthaitheach sa réigiún trí obair na n-ionad Ollscoile sa Ghaeltacht. Tá comhpháirteachas poiblí den scoth éascaithe ag an Ollscoil i bhféiniúlacht Ghaeilge trí ghníomhaíochtaí acadúla éagsúla le blianta fada anuas in ionaid Ghaeltachta ó Dhún na nGall go Conamara. Is iomaí ról tábhachtach a bhí ag céimithe agus ag comhaltaí foirne OÉ Gaillimh ar an scáileán agus ar chúl an cheamara ó thaobh forbairt agus féiniúlacht Theilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG) ó 1996 agus TG4 ó 1999. Ar an gcéad chraoladh bhí Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir (atá anois ina léachtóir in OÉ Gaillimh); agus céimí agus buaiteoir Ghradam Alumni OÉ Gaillimh, Gráinne Seoige, a fuair taithí ar an scáileán agus í ina mac léinn i gColáiste na hOllscoile, Gaillimh. Is céimithe de chuid na hOllscoile iad na láithreoirí nuachta, Siún Nic Gearailt, Eimear Ní Chonaola agus Áine Lally mar aon leis na hiriseoirí Ailbhe Ó Monacháin, Caoimhe Ní Choncoille, agus Joe Mag Raollaigh i measc cuid de na pearsa is mó le rá i TG4. Chuir cláir acadúla cosúil leis an Ard-Dioplóma sa Chumarsáid Fheidhmeach daoine ar fáil sna chéad bhlianta den stáisiún agus chuidigh cláir léiriúcháin cosúil leis an Dioplóma i Scileanna Físe (a cuireadh ar fáil i nGaoth Dobhair ar dtús agus in ionaid eile ar fud na tíre ina dhiaidh sin) le daoine a chur ar fáil do TG4 agus don earnáil chlosamhairc ar fud na tíre. Scrúdaigh tograí acadúla cosúil le comhdháil OÉ Gaillimh TG4@10 i nDeireadh Fómhair 2006 tionchar TG4 ar an bpobal Gaeilge agus ar na meáin. Ag labhairt dó roimh na hócáidí beo atá beartaithe d'Oíche Shamhna ar champas OÉ Gaillimh, dúirt an Dr Jim Browne, Uachtarán na hOllscoile: “Tá ríméad orainn fáilte a chur roimh TG4 chuig croí an champais an deireadh seachtaine seo. Is maith a fheileann Cearnóg OÉ Gaillimh don cheiliúradh ar scór bliain ó bunaíodh an stáisiún teilifíse Gaeilge. Siombail í an Chearnóg d'aistear na tíre agus is ionad uathúil í a bhfuil an-atmaisféar inti. Is ar an láthair seo a cuireadh bonn faoi iarracht mheabhrach cheannródaíoch agus le 170 bliain anuas tá ceangal dlúth ag an Ollscoil seo leis an réigiún, leis an tír agus leis an saol mór. Táimid ag ceiliúradh i gcomhar le TG4 an éagsúlacht agus an saibhreas cultúrtha a bhaineann lenár n-oidhreacht i gcomhthéacs dinimiciúil agus nua-aimseartha. Táimid ag súil go mór le ceiliúradh ar ár bhféiniúlacht náisiúnta.” Bígí ag faire ar TG4 nuair a chraolfar an ócáid beo Dé Luain, an 31 Deireadh Fómhair ag 9.30pm. -Críoch-

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

As part of NUI Galway’s 1916 commemoration programme, ‘A Nation Rising’, the University will host a public conference entitled ‘Before 1916: Robert Lynd and Visions of Ireland to Come’. Organised by NUI Galway’s Gender ARC Research Network and the Moore Institute, the event will take place on Friday, 4 November in the Hardiman Research Building. Through a programme of lively guest lectures, music and dramatic performances, the conference will explore alternative visions of Ireland before the 1916 Rising, as expressed by five “Voices of the New Ireland” selected by the writer and critic Robert Lynd in his 1919 book Ireland a Nation. The five very well-known voices at the time chosen by Lynd were: Easter Rising leader Patrick Pearse; historian Alice Stopford Green; writer and artist George Russell (AE); essayist, constitutionalist nationalist, and women's rights advocate Tom Kettle; and sculptor and poet Dora Sigerson. Conference organiser, Professor Niamh Reilly of NUI Galway’s School of Political Science and Sociology explains the idea behind the conference: “Many are familiar with the role of Patrick Pearse and the vision of Ireland he strove to achieve, but most are less aware that in the years before 1916, Pearse’s vision was one among many nationalist visions that competed for Ireland’s hearts and minds at the time. This conference uses Robert Lynd's writings to recall and learn from some of the lively debates and passionate champions of Ireland's independence before the Rising.”     Keynote speakers includes: historian and political analyst Dr Margaret O’Callaghan of Queens University Belfast, who will talk about ‘Alice Green, Roger Casement and the politics of Irish history before the Rising’; and Professor Bryan Fanning from UCD whose talk is titled, ‘Patrick Pearse’s Ghost Frequencies’. Professor Fanning’s new book, Irish Adventures in Nation-Building, will also be launched at the conference along with the Lynd Exhibit: Writings In The Library, organised by Mary Clancy, researcher and curator and Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian. Music from the time period will also feature and will be performed by musicians Garry O’Briain, Jack Talty, Caitleen Courtney and singer Alice Hegarty, coordinated by Mary McPartlan, Director of NUI Galway’s Arts in Action Programme. There will be dramatic readings of the writings of Robert Lynd and his “five voices” by students of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, coordinated by Dr Miriam Haughton. The afternoon will conclude with a lively roundtable discussion chaired by Margaret O’Callaghan on the legacy and significance of Lynd and his “five voices” with contributions from NUI Galway’s: Dr Anne Byrne on George Russell (AE); Mary Clancy on Alice Stopford Green; Dr Miriam Haughton on Patrick Pearse; Dr Muireann O’Cinneide on Dora Sigerson; and Professor Niamh Reilly on Tom Kettle. The conference is free and open to the public but places are limited. To reserve a place at the conference contact Gillian Browne gillian.browne@nuigalway.ie or 091 492297. Registration will begin at 9am with the programme commencing at 9.30am. For more information see: www.nuigalway.ie/globalwomensstudies/gender-arc/. -Ends-

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

NUI Galway’s oldest living alumna, Anne Byrne, née Gannon, is being honoured by her alma mater on Thursday, 3 November at 6pm with a public interview about her time spent at the University, her life in America and her music. Not only is Anne celebrating 80 years since her graduation in 1936, but she has also been recognised as the first private individual to make tape recordings of Irish traditional music in Ireland. Her collection, which she first began in 1954, is now a unique archival treasure and one which she has donated to the Irish State where it is being digitised and preserved by the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. During the celebrations pieces from the archive will be played in a fully restored format and one of Ireland’s most respected and loved musicians, Máirtín O’Connor, will also perform some of Anne’s favourite tracks live on the night. Aisling Nolan, Alumni Relations Officer at NUI Galway, said: “Anne is not only remarkable for her position as our oldest alumna; but her wonderful life story and achievements are such that warrants celebration. Anne’s many vivid memories of her time at NUI Galway in the 1930’s will be fascinating for the wider alumni community. It has been a pleasure getting to know Anne over the past few years and we are delighted she is able to join us back in her alma mater for such a special occasion.” Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Acting Co-Director of NUI Galway’s Centre for Irish Studies, will conduct the interview. Dr Ní Fhuartháin said: “Anne’s importance to Irish traditional music collection in the mid-twentieth century is only now being given due credit and it is a real honour to be part of the celebration of that cultural contribution. We will get to hear Anne tell her story, and also get to listen to some of the archive recordings of the music she collected. Her experience as the daughter of an emigrant to Ireland and as an emigrant herself, raises fascinating questions about received notions of the Irish emigrant experience.” The event will take place with a pre-interview reception in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, followed by the public interview and music in The Cube. The event, which will be co-hosted by the University’s Alumni Relations and the Centre for Irish Studies, is free and open to all alumni and friends of NUI Galway as well as the wider Galway community. RSVP to Aisling on 091 494310 or by email at aisling.nolan@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

Friday, 21 October 2016

Three NUI Galway researchers have been awarded significant funding in an announcement made by Science Foundation Ireland this week.  Working in the fields of colon cancer, intervertebral disc repair and tissue engineering, the individuals were selected as “the next leaders of research in Ireland, shaping the research community both here in Ireland and internationally”. Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, announced a total of €22.3 million in research funding for 40 major research projects in Ireland.  The funding is distributed through Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) and Career Development Award (CDA) Programmes. Dr Aideen Ryan, a Senior Research Fellow in Immunology at NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), was awarded a SIRG of €518,821 for her work on colon cancer. Her project, RESTRAIN, involves investigating tumour stromal interactions in metastatic colon cancer for the identification of novel immuno-therapeutic targets. Dr Laura Russo, a member of the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway, was awarded a SIRG of €518,749 for her research on tissue engineering for degenerative intervertebral disc disease. Her project will look at glyco-functionalised hydrogel to stimulate the repair of the damaged disc. Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis, Director of the Regenerative, Modular and Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and Principal Investigator of the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway, was awarded a CDA of €493,759 for his work on tissue engineering. His project, Tissue Engineered Nanoassemblies of Advanced Biomimicry of Living Equivalents (TENABLE), will develop living tissue substitutes using iPSCs based on the principles of in vitro organogenesis. NUI Galway’s Vice-President for Research, Professor Lokesh Joshi, welcomed the awards: “These awards recognise the excellent young research talent at NUI Galway and how our researchers are advancing scientific frontiers which will ultimately benefit patients. We are focused on developing the next generation of researchers which is critical to the long-term sustainability of delivering research impact.” Announcing the awards, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD said; “This investment in the SFI SIRG and CDA Programmes allows researchers to advance their research investigations and continue developing their careers. These researchers will be the next leaders of research in Ireland, shaping the research community both here in Ireland and internationally. The nine industrial collaborations linked with these awards provides industry with access to the emerging research expertise found throughout Ireland. Collaborations at these early career stages will help establish relationships which will advance Ireland’s economy, society and reputation for research excellence now and in the future.”   Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland welcomed the announcement saying: “Science Foundation Ireland places a heavy emphasis on supporting researchers at every stage of their careers. The SIRG and CDA awards help early and mid-career researchers develop essential skills and track records necessary to become the next generation of research leaders in Ireland.  I have high expectations for these projects and look forward to these teams contributing to the advancement of Ireland’s international reputation in areas such as energy, materials, technology, and health.” -ends-

Friday, 21 October 2016

Professor Jean Christophe (JC) Desplat receives the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms). One of France’s highest honours has been bestowed on an Irish-based technology expert. Professor Jean Christophe (JC) Desplat, Director of the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), which is hosted by NUI Galway, has received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms). The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is a prize given by the French government to honour distinguished figures in culture and education. Originally started by Napoleon, the award assumed its current form in 1955, and at a ceremony this week at Résidence de France in Dublin, ICHEC’s Professor Desplat joined the distinguished list of recipients. ICHEC is Ireland’s national centre for high-performance computing, with world-class expertise in the exploitation of next generation compute platforms. The Center operates the national High-Performance Computing service for academia and through industrial R&D collaboration helps bring the benefits of high-performance computing to business and industry. ICHEC is partly funded by the Irish State through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Education & Skills. It is hosted by NUI Galway, with offices in Dublin and Galway. Professor Desplat has been an integral part of ICHEC since 2005, becoming Director in 2012. His expertise has proven crucial in establishing ICHEC as one of the leading technology centres in Europe. Speaking on receipt of this honour, Professor Desplat said: “I am honoured to be awarded this prestigious distinction by the French government. This award means a lot to me personally but it also rightly recognises the outstanding team of people I work with at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) where our goal is to make Ireland a world leader in high-performance computing. I look forward to growing ICHEC nationally and internationally and developing further collaborations and partnerships in Europe.” Professor Desplat is joining a high calibre of individuals through receipt of this award, joining the same ranks as esteemed politicians, scientists, historians, artists, musicians, and even royalty. -ends-

Thursday, 20 October 2016

 Were James Macpherson’s famous translations of the ancient Scottish bard Ossian less Homer from the Greek Classics and more like Oisín from Irish mythology? Multi-disciplinary research from the National University of Ireland Galway, Coventry University and University of Oxford explored the mathematical properties of contested poems. The social networks behind one of the most famous literary controversies of all time have been uncovered using modern complexity science. Since James Macpherson published what he claimed were translations of ancient Scottish Gaelic poetry by a third-century bard named Ossian, scholars have questioned the authenticity of the works and whether they were misappropriated from Irish mythology or, as heralded at the time, authored by a Scottish equivalent to Homer. Now, in a joint study by British and Irish universities and published today (Thursday, 20 October) in the journal Advances in Complex Systems, researchers have revealed the structures of the social networks underlying the Ossianic corpus and their remarkable similarities to Irish mythology. The researchers mapped the characters at the heart of the works and the relationships between them to compare the social networks found in the Scottish epics with classical Greek literature and Irish mythology. The study revealed that the networks in the Scottish poems bore little resemblance to epics by Homer, but strongly resembled those in mythological stories from Ireland. The Ossianic poems are considered to be some of the most important literary works ever to have emerged from Britain or Ireland, given their influence over the Romantic period in literature and the arts. Figures from Brahms to Wordsworth reacted enthusiastically; Napoleon took a copy on his military campaigns and US President Thomas Jefferson believed that Ossian was the greatest poet that had ever existed. The poems launched the romantic portrayal of the Scottish Highlands which persists, in many forms, to the present day and inspired Romantic nationalism all across Europe. Macpherson and collaborators compared Ossian to Greek Classics in order to add authority to the Scottish epic. Although its characters had resonances in Irish mythology, they tried to distance the work from Irish sources. Macpherson also sought to invert the ancient relationship between Ireland and Scotland, reversing the direction of migration of populations and folklore. This provoked outrage by Irish scholars and triggered one of the most famous literary controversies of all time. Revisionist scholarship and a recent 250th anniversary sparked revival of interest in Ossian and launched rehabilitation for Macpherson. The new research found that the mathematical properties of the Ossianic networks are very different to those of Homer, but very similar to ancient Irish tales, specifically Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology, which features Fionn mac Cumhaill and his son Oisín. The interdisciplinary research connects opposite ends of the academic spectrum. “By working together, it shows how science can open up new avenues of research in the humanities,” claims Professor Ralph Kenna, a statistical physicist based at Coventry University. “The opposite also applies,” he says, “as social structures discovered in Ossian inspire new questions in mathematics.” Dr Justin Tonra, a digital humanities expert from the National University of Ireland, Galway adds: “From a humanities point of view, while it cannot fully resolve the debate about Ossian, this scientific analysis does reveal an insightful statistical picture: close similarity to the Irish texts which Macpherson explicitly rejected, and distance from the Greek sources which he sought to emulate.” The paper will be published online this week at the journal website. It is also available for free from https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00142 . -ends-

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A new Digital Archive collection is to be launched by NUI Galway James Hardiman Library on Tuesday, 25 October at 5pm in the Hardiman Research Building. This new online resource contains digitised items from the archive of Brendan Duddy, the Derry businessman who maintained a secret channel of communication between the British government and the IRA Army Council for twenty years. Brendan Duddy was a key figure in the 1975 ceasefire negotiations, the 1981 Republican Hunger Strikes - the 35th anniversary of whose conclusion occurred earlier this month, and ceasefire talks between 1990 and 1994 and was the subject of Peter Taylor’s BBC documentary ‘The Secret Peacemaker’. The archive was deposited in NUI Galway in 2009, and contains over 700 documents that cover these three critical periods during the Troubles. It includes coded diaries documenting contact, as well as messages exchanged, between the British government and the Provisional Republican leadership. The archive gives a rare insight into the dynamics and the role of secret negotiation in conflict resolution. Also included are several hours of filmed interviews between Brendan Duddy and Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh of NUI Galway’s School of Political Science and Sociology, in which these key historical events are discussed. In the context of the recent Brexit vote, there are interesting references to the status of the border and the implications for Northern Ireland of any change in political arrangements. Professor Lionel Pilkington of NUI Galway’s School of Humanities, said: “Brendan Duddy’s fascinating papers draw attention to that largely unacknowledged war that, from the late 1960s, dominated Irish political conscience for three decades. For the researcher, this is an invaluable archive of materials, and it testifies also to Duddy’s own extraordinary courage and integrity.”    NUI Galway Librarian John Cox said: “Making a significant proportion of this important archive available online will enable new insights into some of the major episodes in the Troubles.” The archive has been used by local and international scholars of conflict studies, alongside some of NUI Galway’s other archival collections such as the papers of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Professor Kevin Boyle. This new Digital Archive makes a substantial amount of that material available online to researchers throughout the world and can be viewed on the NUI Galway Digital Collections platform at https://digital.library.nuigalway.ie/, along with some of the University’s other digital archives such as The Abbey Theatre Early Minute Books, the Michael Cusack Collection and the Balfour Album of 19th century photographs of Galway. A public interview titled “Can you keep a secret? Family life with a secret peacemaker” between Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh and some of Brendan Duddy’s family members will precede the launch. Professor Lionel Pilkington will launch the Digital Archive, followed by a demonstration of the resource by Digital Archivist, Aisling Keane. The event is free, but registration is essential. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/zwj2pfc  to register. -Ends-