Friday, 22 November 2019

NUIG To Host Space Careers Roadshow

As part of the Galway Science and Technology Festival, National University of Ireland Galway will be hosting a Space Careers roadshow on Friday 22nd November. The roadshow is run by ESERO Ireland in partnership with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Featuring a whole host of speakers from the Space Industry including Space engineers, astronomers, and artists, the roadshow offers students the opportunity to see the exciting array of careers available to them in the space industry in Ireland. The roadshow will be emceed by acclaimed Science Communicator and artist Dr Niamh Shaw. Professor Walter Gear, Dean of Science & Engineering at NUI Galway “As an astrophysicist, I am particularly pleased to that the Science & Technology Festival is bringing the Space Careers Roadshow to NUI Galway this week.  Building on Ireland’s membership of esteemed international space organisations, this event showcases the breadth of exciting and rewarding careers available to our graduates in the space sector, including opportunities that extend beyond traditional physics, astronomy and engineering subjects’” Ireland is well positioned to exploit careers in the Space industry. Ireland has a well-educated workforce and excellent tech infrastructure. Our membership of groups such as the European Space Agency and European Southern Observatory affords Irish engineers, astronomers, and more, opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to us. While there are obvious STEM career benefits, there are also opportunities available in areas such as Space Law, Architecture, Art, Languages, and more. Ireland’s commitment to advancing careers in this sector was confirmed earlier this year when the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation launched Ireland’s first Space Strategy for Enterprise. There are still spaces available for students at the Space Careers Roadshow. Spaces are free, but allocated on a first come first served basis. To book spaces for your students contact or visit

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

NUI Galway and Galway Community Circus have launched a new partnership for 2019-2022 to develop circus arts in Galway and Ireland. Galway Community Circus were recently successful in their Erasmus+ grant application for a three-year research project Circus++ in the first European wide, third level, long term training programme for circus teachers. A grant of €360,000 was awarded for the research and development programme: ‘Circus++ Youth and Social Circus Arts – an innovative and inclusive education for Europe’. It will allow Galway Community Circus, along with four other circus schools across Europe, and three universities (including NUI Galway), to devise a curriculum for the first ever BA and MA courses in Youth and Social Circus, in the world. The future curriculum will be delivered by the partnering universities from 2022 onwards. Lead partner, the University of Tampere Finland, will lead the project together with Finnish circus partner, Sorin Sirkus and the International Youth and Social Circus Network Caravan. Finland is an international leader in social circus and has used circus in a theraputic and educational context for many years. Executive Artistic Director of Galway Community Circus and Finnish native,  Ulla Hokkanen, said: “Circus++ means that Galway Community Circus will be at the forefront of this exciting, international development in youth and social circus. Through the project, circus will be understood on a deeper level for the developmental and well-being benefits it offers, as well as for its unique characteristics as an art form. We are delighted that NUI Galway will be part of this jourrney with us, providing a new and innovative educational offering to Irish and international students.’’ Dr Ian Walsh, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway said: “The development of this new curriculum in partnership with Galway Community Circus and our other European partners offers NUI Galway the opportunity to develop new expertise in assessing and evaluating the circus arts and to build on our current teaching and research in the areas of applied theatre and popular performance studies. There is great value in students studying the circus arts as it develops skills in concentration, working together as an ensemble and task completion.” Galway Community Circus is a flagship for Youth and Social Circus and has been in operation for 18 years. It is one of the most active arts organisations in the country, with over 650 members a week attending classes and training at their venue in Shantalla. In 2020, the company will present ‘Wires Crossed – A Balancing Act for Europe’, produced in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and the European Funambulism Network. This tightwire project will see 400 people cross the River Corrib and The Claddagh Basin in August 2020, to highlight positive mental health.  NUI Galway will also partner with Galway Community Circus on the Creative Europe funded project ‘Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance’, a shared project with The Serious Road Trip (Romania), Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This will see ‘Wires Crossed’ continue on to the Capital of Culture 2021 in Timisoara, Romania, as well as the publishing of scientific research on the neurological effects of funambulism on the brain. ‘Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance’, will run from October 2019-September 2022, with NUI Galway being the evaluator for the project. Circus+ is a partnership project between universities and circus schools from five partner countries. Partners include Tampere University, Sorin Sirkus, Stockholm University of Arts, Cirkus Cirkör, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, NUI Galway, Galway Community Circus, CIRQUEON and Caravan - International Youth and Social Circus Network. For further information contact Dani Gill, Communications Co-ordinator, Galway Community Circus at or 085 7604072. -Ends-

Monday, 18 November 2019

The ‘Inaugural Professors In Conversation Series’ featuring newly appointed Business Professors at NUI Galway will continue on Wednesday, 20 November at 4:30pm with Professor Jonathan Levie, recently appointed Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Development will give a talk on ‘Entrepreneurship and Regional Development’. Hosted by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and Whitaker Institute, the event is free and open to the public. Developing a balanced economy in Ireland requires the emergence of thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout Ireland, not just in Dublin. Drawing on 35 years of working with a diverse range of national and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world, Professor Levie will discuss how diverse regional stakeholders can cooperate to enhance entrepreneurship within their region, including third level education institutes, financial institutions, corporates, local government, accelerators, enterprise agencies, and above all, entrepreneurs and business angels. He will also contrast the role of national government with that of regional ecosystem stakeholders. The talk will also outline plans for a new Centre for Entrepreneurial Growth and Scaling at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. Professor Levie will be in conversation with Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Entrepreneur and Independent Senator in Seanad Éireann. Professor Alan Ahearne, Director, Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway, said: “Entrepreneurial firms are the engines of growth in any regional economy. They need to be at the heart of the regional development strategies for Galway and the wider West of Ireland region. Only by understanding the roles of various regional stakeholders and how they most effectively work together can we succeed in building an environment where entrepreneurial firms can prosper.” Speaking of the event, Professor Levie said “I am very much looking forward to a lively discussion with Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh. NUI Galway has much to be proud of from an entrepreneurship perspective, from working with enterprise educators in schools to winning the EI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in two out of the past three years, to our world class programmes in medtech business creation. But I am convinced there is more we can do across the campus and across disciplines, and beyond the campus to work in new and innovative ways with stakeholders across the West of Ireland.”  The event will take place on Wednesday, 20 November from 4:30pm-5:30pm in Room CA110 in the Cairnes Building, North Campus, NUI Galway. To book the event, visit: and search for ‘Entrepreneurship and Regional Development’ or   -Ends-

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Bronnadh an gradam don scannán faisnéise is fearr ag Féile Scannán na hÉireann i Londain ar ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ le hAodh Ó Coileáin as OÉ Gaillimh ag ócáid in Ambasáid na hÉireann sa Bhreatain i Londain an tseachtain seo. Ag glacadh leis an gradam, dúirt Ó Coileáin: “Tá suntas ag baint leis an mbronnadh seo i gcathair Londain mar gur áit thábhachtach é d’ealaíona na hÉireann.  Sna blianta tar éis an Dara Cogadh Domhanda, tháinig cuid mhaith dár gceoltóirí agus dár n-ealaíontóirí go Londain chun a slí bheatha a bhaint amach:  Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, ón Aird Thoir, Carna, an píobaire, Willie Clancy ó Shráid na Cathrach, an t-amhránaí ó Chorcaigh, Margaret Barry, Bobby Casey, an tEanach i gCo. an Chláir, Julia Clifford agus Con Curtin ó mo chontae dúchais, Ciarraí, Roger Sherlock ó Shligeach a sheinneadh maidin Dé Domhnaigh sa White Hart, Fulham Broadway.  Ócáid ar leith i stair na hamharclainne in Éirinn ab ea an taispeántas a thug Druid de dhráma Synge, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ i gCovent Garden sa bhliain 1985. D’aistrigh a lán seóanna de chuid Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Ealaíne na Gaillimhe go dtí an chathair.  Tá an stair shaibhir seo mar chúlra agus mar thaca ag ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ agus an scannán a thaispeáint i Londain.” Dúirt bunaitheoir agus stiúrthóir Fhéile Scannán na hÉireann i Londain, Kelly O’Connor: “Thaithin an scannán go mór linn agus inár dtuairim, seasfaidh sé i bhfad mar thaifead ar bhunbhrí inmheánach agus ar thionchar na Gaillimhe.  Is fada linn go bhfeicimid an glacaadh a bheidh leis an scannán anseo i Londain.” Tá déantóir an scannáin, Aodh Ó Coileáin ina stiúrthóir cláir ar an MA (Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin) agus múineann sé ar an gcéim BA (Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge), Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh.  Bhí aird na léirmheastóirí ar ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’, a léirigh Paddy Hayes ó Tua Films, nuair a taispeánadh é don chéad uair ag Fleadh Scannán na Gaillimhe i mbliana.  Taispeánadh é ag féile i Chicago i mí Mheán Fómhair freisin. Caitheann an scannán dátheangach súil fhísiúil chruthaitheach ar Ghaillimh agus ar Chonamara mar thimpeallacht ina n-oibríonn na healaíontóirí seo.  Déantar scrúdú chomh maith ar an tionchar a bhíonn ag saothar na n-ealaíontóirí ar a n-áit chónaithe.  Faoi chaibidil sa scannán tá: an ceoltóir/cumadóir Máirtín O’Connor, an file/drámadóir, Rita Ann Higgins, an scríbhneoir, Mike McCormack, Noeline Kavanagh, stiúrthóir ealaíona an ghrúpa Macnas, an t-amhránaí Róisín Seoighe, an péintéir ó Chonamara, Pádraic Reaney, agus an fear seoigh, Tommy Tiernan.  Le chéile tugann na healaíontóirí léargas úr spreagúil agus ionraic ar shaol an ealaíontóra i gcathair na Gaillimhe agus i gConamara.  Chum an Gaillimheach Jake Morgan an ceol agus cloistear an grúpa Galway Street Club sa scannán. Is togra de chuid na scéime ilDána é ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ – maoinithe ag TG4, Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann agus an Chomhairle Ealaíon i gcomhar le hIonad Scannán na Gaillimhe.  Bhain sé coimisiún amach in 2017 agus sé an comhlacht Tua Films a léirigh an scannán. Cruthaíonn scéim ilDána deis do lucht déanta scannán, saothar cennródaíoch a chruthú ar na healaíona trí Ghaeilge. Taispeánfar an scannán sa Regent Street Cinema mar chuid d’Fhéile Scannán na hÉireann i Londain, Dé Domhnaigh, 24 Samhain, 7.30pm.  Beidh fáiltiú dí roimhe mar cheiliúradh ar Ghaillimh 2020, Príomhchathair Chultúir na hEorpa. -Críoch-

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