NUI Galway Student Wins Digital Media Award

Thursday, 19 February 2009

NUI Galway student Stephen Stewart, from Rathcoole, County Dublin, has won the Connect-World Student Digital Story telling Award for his short film Appeal to the People of Africa at Digital Media Awards 2009. The film gives an insight into some the fortitude and dignity that Irish children could learn from their peers in Africa. This is the second year Stephen has won this award. Students of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, accounted for two out of three nominations in the student category at the awards. Richard Walsh from Ballybunion, County Kerry, and Julian Ulrichs from Galway City, were also nominated for their short documentary F.G.M. - No Way Home. The film deals with the issue of female genital mutilation and focuses on the story of Pamela Izevbekhai, a Nigerian woman living in Ireland, and her daughters. Last year, the documentary was awarded the Radharc Award for best short documentary. The Digital Media award for students is sponsored by Connect-World, the Irish organisation which promotes coverage of international development issues in the media. Entries were open to all third-level and higher education students, with the brief to tell a story of global development. Commenting on the award, Andrea Breslin of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, said: "We are thrilled that one of our students has won this prestigious award, for the second time, for such an original and engaging piece. The subject matter is directly related to the masters in Public Advocacy & Activism which he is currently studying at the Huston Film School. The Digital Media Awards are held in such high regard it's an honour for the school to have been represented this year, and to have the work of the students recognised in this way". Launched in 2003, The Digital Media Awards were engineered to raise awareness of the emerging digital media sector in Ireland and more importantly to act as a showcase for the varied dynamic works being created by companies and third-level institutions across a broad spectrum of categories in digital media. The Huston School of Film & Digital Media runs a number of M.A. courses including Production/Direction, Screenwriting, Film Studies, Arts Policy & Practice, Digital Media, and Public Advocacy & Activism. Further information available from: -ends-

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NUI Galway in Sigerson Cup Finals

Thursday, 19 February 2009

NUI Galway 2-10 UUJ 1-8 NUI Galway kept their best till last to leave University of Ulster Jordanstown (UUJ) reeling and out of the race to land this year's Sigerson Cup after a robust quarter-final at Kingspan/Breffni Park, Cavan. The semi-final line up for this year s Sigerson Cup was decided yesterday and NUI Galway will now face Cork IT on Friday 27, February. Although they won most of the battles, the NUI Galway students looked like losing the war until an unanswered 1-4 tally in the final 18 minutes ousted long-time leaders UUJ. The sides were level on just two occasions over the hour but NUI Galway's physical superiority, greater experience and Paul Broderick's 56th-minute penalty, following a foul on inter-county star Seán Armstrong, eventually wore the northerners down. Mark Gottsche's goal, after a terrific run by centre back Gareth Bradshaw, was just one of many features of a first half that finished 1-7 to 1-5 in favour of UUJ. Tony Regan, Head of Sport, NUI Galway, commented: "Considering we had such a poor start conceding 1-3 in the first five minutes, great credit must go to the team for holding their nerve and battling through to gain a merited five point win. To qualify for the semi-final in Cork IT next weekend gives a tremendous boost to Gaelic Games as a whole in the University and with yesterday's convincing win we are optimistic of our chances". UCD also overcame Garda College yesterday and will now face Dublin rivals DIT in the opposite semi-final. NUI Galway: L Grant; C McDonald, G Cafferkey, D Finnegan; N Ewing, P Domican, G Begley, G Bradshaw, K Conroy; C Kenny (0-2, one free), M Gottsche (1-0), S Armstrong (0-1), J Connellan (0-3); P Broderick (1-3, pen, two frees), C Healy. Subs: Conor Delaney for M Gottsche (58 mines); E Hoare (0-1) for C Healy (58 mines). UUJ: G Kelly; D McDermott, A Girvan, D Morgan (0-1); K Nolan, D Hughes, D Bate son; J Colgan, P Downey; C Donnelly (0-3, two frees), T McCann (0-3), R Muldrow (0-1); C Kavanagh (1-0), S Forcer, D Mulholland. Subs: P Hughes for D Mullholland (49 mins); C Murray for S Forker (51 mins). Referee: P Fox (Westmeath).

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Chernobyl Children's Project Founder Adi Roche to Speak at NUI Galway

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Adi Roche, Founder and CEO of Chernobyl Children's Project International, will deliver a seminar at NUI Galway on Thursday, 26 February at 1pm. Her presentation will focus on volunteerism in the context of her work with Chernobyl Children's Project International (CCPI). The event is being organised by NUI Galway's Community Knowledge Initiative, which runs the University's volunteering programme ALIVE. Adi Roche has spent decades campaigning for issues relating to the environment, peace and justice. While working full-time as a volunteer for the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, she devised a Peace Education Programme and delivered it in over fifty schools throughout Ireland. In 1991 Adi Roche established the Chernobyl Children's Project International. CCPI has offices in Ireland, Minsk and the USA. Since then, the organisation has delivered over €76 million in direct and indirect humanitarian and medical aid to thousands of children and their families in the Chernobyl-affected regions. Lorraine McIlrath heads up the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway: "We are delighted to welcome Adi Roche to Galway and the University. Adi has been a national and international role model as an agent of social change, who has in a very short time focused national and international attention and action on the social consequences of Chernobyl. We know that her visit will do much to inspire and give confidence to our students and broader community to take local action on social injustice issues". The event, supported by Camp Claddagh, the Galway Based Outreach Group of Chernobyl Children's Project International, NUI Galway's Huston School of Film & Digital Media, and the University's J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics. The event will be held in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, in the Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway. To book a place please contact the Community Knowledge Initiative office on 091 493823 or email -ends-

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New Officer for Elite Sports Development at NUI Galway

Monday, 16 February 2009

(Leagan Gaeilge) NUI Galway is pleased to announce the appointment of former Irish Olympian, Gary Ryan as Sports Development Officer – Elite. This new role within the Sports and Recreation Unit of the University will provide support and assistance to individual elite performers and implement performance development programmes, support services such as sports science, strength and conditioning, and nutrition will also be offered. Gary Ryan is a former multiple Irish sprint record holder who represented Ireland at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games. He won a bronze medal for the 4x400m relay at the World Indoor Championships in 2004, as well as numerous Irish titles. Gary has for the past three years been the Director of Coaching for the Athletics Association of Ireland where he was responsible for the development of Coach Education and the high performance Junior and Youth achiever program, which is preparing athletes for the 2012 and beyond Olympic Games. Speaking about his appointment, Gary Ryan, said: "There is huge potential across a broad range of sports at NUI Galway and I look forward to playing a role in helping the elite sportspeople in the University reach their maximum potential, and achieve success nationally and internationally". NUI Galway has evolved into a modern centre for sporting excellence. The University has a state of the art Sports Centre which includes a 25m swimming pool, an elite performance gym and an international basketball arena as well as a number of external facilities. It has a sports development programme for elite athletes, a sports scholarship scheme and a growing academic portfolio of courses including the Sports and Exercise Engineering Degree Course. President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, said: "We are delighted to welcome Gary to this new post of Sports Development Officer - Elite. Here at NUI Galway we have recently invested very significantly in our sports infrastructure and this appointment is further proof of the University s commitment to supporting sport on campus, by providing dedicated resources to assist our elite athletes". Originally from Kilcommon, County Tipperary, Gary is a graduate of Waterford IT and the University of Limerick with an MSc in Sports Biomechanics. Oifigeach Nua d'Fhorbairt Spórt Éilíte in OÉ Gaillimh (View in English) Cúis áthais do OÉ Gaillimh a fhógairt go bhfuil an t-iar-lúthchleasaí Oilimpeach Éireannach, Gary Ryan ceaptha mar Oifigeach Forbartha Spóirt – Éilít. Is in Aonad Spóirt agus Áineasa na hOllscoile a bheidh Gary ag obair agus beidh sé de dhualgas air tacaíocht agus cúnamh a thabhairt do mhic léinn atá dírithe ar spóirt éagsúla agus cláir forbartha gníomhaíochta a chur i bhfeidhm. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh sé de dhualgas air seirbhísí tacaíochta cosúil le heolaíocht spóirt a sholáthar, treoracha a thabhairt maidir le láidreacht agus le cleachtadh, agus noda maidir le dea-chothú. Iar-ilchuradh rásaíochta ráibe na hÉireann é Gary Ryan agus rinne sé ionadaíocht thar ceann na hÉireann ag na Cluichí Oilimpeacha in Atlanta agus i Sydney. Bhuaigh sé bonn cré-umha sa rás sealaíochta 4x400m ag an gComórtas Domhanda faoi dhíon in 2004, mar aon le roinnt comórtas anseo in Éirinn. Le trí bliana anuas tá Gary ag obair mar Stiúrthóir Oiliúna do Chumann Lúthchleasaíochta na hÉireann. I measc na bhfreagrachtaí a bhí air bhí Oideachas Oiliúna a fhorbairt mar aon le clár gnóthachtála ardghníomhaíochta na Sóisear agus na nÓg, clár atá dírithe ar lúthchleasaithe a ullmhú do Chluichí Oilimpeacha 2012 agus na cluichí a bheidh ar siúl ina dhiaidh sin go deimhin. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Gary Ryan faoina cheapachán: "Is léir go bhfuil go leor deiseanna forbartha ann i gcineálacha éagsúla spóirt in OÉ Gaillimh agus táim ag tnúth le ról lárnach a bheith agam i gcabhrú leis an spórt éilíte a chur chun cinn san ollscoil ionas gur féidir leis na mic léinn dul chun cinn a dhéanamh, agus aitheantas náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta a bhaint amach dóibh féin". Tá fás agus forbairt tagtha ar chúrsaí spóirt in OÉ Gaillimh in imeacht na mblianta agus tá ionad nua-aimseartha don fheabhas spóirt cruthaithe san ollscoil anois. Tá Ionad Spóirt den scoth san Ollscoil anois lena n-áirítear linn snámha 25 méadar, giomnáisiam den chéad scoth agus cúirt cispheile idirnáisiúnta mar aon le roinnt áiseanna seachtracha. Tá clár forbartha spóirt do lúthchleasaithe éilíte, le cois scéim scoláireachtaí spóirt agus portfóilió acadúil cúrsaí lena n-áirítear Céim sa Spóirt agus san Innealtóireacht Aclaíochta bunaithe san Ollscoil. Dúirt an Dr James Browne, Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh: "Cúis áthais dúinn fáilte chroíúil a chur roimh Gary mar Oifigeach Forbartha Spóirt Éilíte. Tá go leor airgid infheistithe againn anseo in OÉ Gaillimh in acmhainní spóirt agus dearbhú eile fós é an ceapachán seo ar thiomantas na hOllscoile tacú le cúrsaí spóirt go ginearálta ar an gcampas, trí acmhainní ar leith a sholáthar dár lúthchleasaithe éilíte". Fear de bhunadh Chill Chuimín, Co. Thiobraid Árann é Gary ó dhúchas. D'fhreastail sé ar Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Phort Láirge agus bhronn Ollscoil Luimnigh MSc i mBithmheicnic Spóirt air. -Críoch-

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Labour Migration Seminar at NUI Galway

Monday, 16 February 2009

Feminist economist Dr Simel Esim will be in NUI Galway on Wednesday, 18 February, to present a lecture and film entitled Social Care on the Move: Women's Employment and Labour Migration in Arab States. Dr Esim works in Beirut, where she is a Gender Equality and Women Workers' Issues specialist with the International Labour Organisation's regional office for Arab States. An agency of the UN, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. The ILO promotes the 'Decent Work Campaign' to protect the rights of domestic workers in a changing economic climate. Dr Esim has worked extensively on migrant workers rights and issues relating to informal labour. Her visit to NUI Galway is being hosted by the University's Global Women's Studies Programme. According to Dr Esim: "Meeting the needs of social care is generally perceived as an issue of individual households with the burden falling primarily on women to resolve the gap through a 'double shift' or hiring domestic help". Dr Nata Duvvury, a Lecturer with NUI Galway's Global Women's Studies Programme, says: "A critical emerging global issue is the crisis in the care economy, in both developed and developing countries. Women have moved into the labour market, often relying on migrant workers to carry out domestic duties known as the 'care economy'. With the economic meltdown, we can expect women to go back into the home, dislodging migrant workers. At the same time, we envisage an increase in migration, as women emigrate in search of work in a domestic setting". Driven by extreme poverty, several million female migrant workers from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines and areas of sub-Saharan Africa, work in domestic service in Arab States. In the lecture at NUI Galway Dr Esim will discuss the implications of relying on migration to resolve the crisis in the care economy in Lebanon in particular. The film Social Care on the Move: Women's Employment and Labour Migration in Arab States highlights both the tensions and bonds which form between the women who hire domestic workers and the domestic workers themselves. The event will take place at 4pm at NUI Galway's Huston School of Film and Digital Media which is based in Earl's Island. For further information or to RSVP please contact Gillian Browne, or 091 493450. -ends-

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