Members of the French Society, from left, Alex Murphy, Outgoing Auditor, Megan O’ Connor, Events Officer, Shannon Grimes, committee member, Eoghan Finn, Incoming Auditor, Kevin Molyneaux, Treasurer, and Ciara Murphy, Secretary with their awards. Also pictured are (left) Dr Éamon Ó Cofaigh, Coordinator of NUI Galway’s ‘Fraincis trí Ghaeilge’ programme and (right) Professor Philip Dine, Head of French at NUI Galway.
May 31 2016 Posted: 09:20 IST

NUI Galway’s French Society has celebrated a successful year by taking home a number of national awards.

Eoghan Finn and Shannon Grimes, both first-year Bachelor of Arts students who follow the Fraincis trí Ghaeilge (French through Irish) language option, were recently presented with the trophy for their victory in the National Final of the 2016 University Debating Competition in French (Joutes Oratoires). This competition is organised by the French Embassy in Ireland and is open to all Irish third-level institutions, with NUI Galway’s team beating six other teams including Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and IT Blanchardstown.

The French Society were also presented with the ‘Most Improved Society’, ‘Best Poster’ for their original play Voilà Olivia, and ‘Best Fresher’ at the University’s Societies Awards. Ciarán MacChoncarraige, a Fraincis trí Ghaeilge student, was presented with the ‘Best Fresher’ Award at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) National Society Awards, beating all other Freshers in Ireland.

Congratulating the French Society on their successful year, Professor Philip Dine, Head of French at NUI Galway, said: “These awards are a great credit to all involved in the French Society, and a fitting reflection of its members’ dynamism and enthusiasm in organising a wonderful range of French and Francophone activities over the year.” 

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