IBM collaborates with Irish universities to solve complex business issues

IBM collaborates with Irish universities to solve complex business issues-image

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Researching Intelligent, Powerful Systems to Help Companies Use Data Strategically IDA Ireland has announced that IBM is establishing an exascale stream computing research 'collaboratory' and the creation of 40 new jobs at IBM and local Universities supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. The agreement will see IBM supercomputing and multidisciplinary experts work directly with University researchers from NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin Tyndall National Institute in Cork, UCC and IRCSET, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology to develop computing architectures and technologies that overcome current limitations of dealing with the massive volumes of real-time data and analysis. The two NUI Galway research groups invited by IBM to collaborate in this R&D initiative are Applied Optics led by Professor Chris Dainty and Bio-Inspired Electronics and Reconfigurable Computing led by Dr Fearghal Morgan. President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, said: "NUI Galway has a strong commitment to collaboration and partnership. The Applied Optics Group and the Bio-Inspired Electronics and Reconfigurable Computing Group (BIRC) are internationally recognised research and development groups working to build strategically important links with industry. The University welcomes this timely opportunity to partner with IBM in developing tomorrow s computing technology and we look forward to increasing our portfolio of innovative research and development partnerships in the future. While high performance computing today primarily focuses on scientific applications in areas such as physics or medicine, the exascale research will focus on how these new powerful computing systems can be applied to solving complex business problems. The research will include both technical and applications research. For example, the application research for exascale computing will study financial services using real-time, intelligent analysis of a company's valuation developed from business models using data from investor profiles, live market trading and RSS news feeds. The research will also focus on making sense of the volume of data from social networks to understand rapidly evolving and changing business trends and opportunities. The technical research will explore innovative ways of using new memory architectures, interconnecting technologies and fabric structures, and will evaluate business applications that would benefit from an exascale streaming platform. IBM believe that the expertise already developed within the partner research groups will help them achieve their goal of increasing computer performance by a factor of 1000 over the next 8 years. Research at NUI Galway will investigate electronic integrated circuits which incorporate high speed optical connectivity and whose architecture mimics that of the brain. This project will provide devices which can process the vast amounts of data which exist in medical, financial and scientific domains, in real time. Commenting on the announcement, Michael Daly, Country General Manager IBM Ireland, said: "IBM's collaboratory strategy will be a vital part of how we will work to apply intelligence to improve the way the world works and solve our clients' toughest problems. A collaboratory is not a place, but it's an integration of teams who can achieve more by working together than working alone. The collaboration between Irish Universities and IBM will not only work on exascale stream computing, but will aim to apply sophisticated and unprecedented computing power to solve the seemingly insurmountable problems businesses are facing today such as inefficient supply chains, energy shortage, managing risk and more." Speaking at today's announcement Minister Lenihan said: "Choosing Ireland as a preferred location for global research centres is significant for Ireland and is in line with IDA Ireland's strategy of developing high-value knowledge-based R&D projects with leading technology companies. Today's announcement strengthens the computational science capability of Ireland in line with the Government's Strategy for Science and Technology 2006-2013. It is a further endorsement of the excellent long-standing relationship between IBM and Irish universities." -Ends-

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Cartlann Hipirmheán ar Líne Thomas Moore á seoladh le linn an cheiliúrtha 200 bl

Cartlann Hipirmheán ar Líne Thomas Moore á seoladh le linn an cheiliúrtha 200 bl-image

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Seolfaidh Institiúid de Móra in OÉ Gaillimh céim phíolótach Chartlann Hipirmheán Thomas Moore ag comhdháil faoi shaol, faoi shaothar agus faoi oidhreacht Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852), dar teideal Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext, Dé hAoine agus Dé Sathairn, an 28 agus an 29 Samhain. Is áis leictreonach ar líne saor in aisce a bheidh sa Chartlann, arb í an chéad cheann den sórt sin í in Éirinn agus atá á maoiniú ag an IRCHSS, ina mbaileofar scríbhinní, ceol agus léaráidí Moore, nótaí agus tuairimíocht scolártha nua agus taifeadtaí éagsúla fuaime. Ina measc seo beidh taifeadadh nua ar gach ceann den 124 fonn a chum Moore, leis an bpianódóir Úna Hunt agus leis na hamhránaithe óga atá ag ceol i gceolchoirm 'My Gentle Harp', á léiriú ag léiritheoir EMI Jonathan Allen. Dúirt stiúrthóir na Cartlainne, an Dr Sean Ryder as OÉ Gaillimh, an méid seo a leanas: "Cuirfidh Cartlann Hipirmheán Thomas Moore ar chumas daoine taithí a fháil ar shaothar Moore i bhfoirm ilmheán – ina nascfar focail, ceol agus léaráidí – agus beidh sí ina háis ag lucht léinn agus ag an bpobal i gcoitinne. Beifear ag forbairt an tionscadail as seo go ceann cúpla bliain, trína thuilleadh ábhair a chur leis, trí eagarthóireacht á déanamh ar théacsanna eile, agus trí ábhar a bheith á chur leis an gcartlann ag na húsáideoirí. D'fhoilsigh Moore níos mó ná míle dán, mar aon le beathaisnéisí, úrscéal agus saothair phróis eile, agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an t-ábhar seo ar fad ar fáil ar líne." I measc chainteoirí na comhdhála beidh beathaisnéisí Moore, Ronan Kelly, na léirmheastóirí ar chultúr na hÉireann Luke Gibbons agus Emer Nolan, an ceoleolaí Harry White, agus eagarthóirí Moore, Jeffery Vail agus Jane Moore. Cuirfear tús leis an gcomhdháil le léacht agus ceadal ceoil leis an teanór agus an scoláire James Flannery, le tionlacan ón gcláirseoir Janet Harbison. Chomh maith leis an gcomhdháil, mar chuid de thuras náisiúnta, cuirfear tús le ceolchoirm agus taispeántas taistil dar teideal 'My Gentle Harp: Moore's Irish Melodies 1808 – 2008' san Aula Maxima in OÉ Gaillimh Dé Sathairn, an 29 Samhain ag 8pm. Beidh an turas ag dul ar fud na tíre idir seo agus Aibreán 2009 mar cheiliúradh ar an 200 bliain ó foilsíodh Moore's Irish Melodies leis an gcumadóir agus leis an bhfile cáiliúil Thomas Moore. Is le tacaíocht ón Roinn Ealaíon, Spóirt agus Turasóireachta, ón gComhairle Ealaíon, ó Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí, ón Leabharlann Náisiúnta agus ó Ardscoil Cheoil agus Drámaíochta DIT atá an turas á reáchtáil. Ina measc sin a bheidh ar stáitse le linn na ceolchoirme beidh duine de phríomhphianódóirí na hÉireann an Dr Úna Hunt agus ina teannta beidh Dean Power, Claudia Boyle agus Gavan Ring, ar buaiteoirí duaiseanna guthanna óga iad ag Féile Thomas Moore DIT a tionóladh i mí Eanáir 2008, agus a chuirfidh amhráin cháiliúla Moore, leithéidí The Last Rose of Summer, The Minstrel Boy, The Harp that Once Through Tara's Halls nó The Meeting of the Waters agus cuid de na hamhráin sa bhailiúchán nach bhfuil an oiread sin eolais ag daoine orthu i láthair. Scríobh Moore 124 amhrán ar fad i dtréimhse 26 bliain. Tá ceol 'cuimhneacháin' pianó ar an gclár chomh maith a scríobh cumadóirí ón naoú céad déag mar fhreagairt ar Moore's Melodies. Tá taispeántas taistil, a roghnaigh Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann, ina chuid de cheiliúradh cuimhneacháin 'My Gentle Harp' agus beidh sé ar bun san Aula Maxima in OÉ Gaillimh go dtí an 5 Nollaig. Is éard atá ann painéil ina ndéantar cur síos ar óige agus ar shaol Moore, léiriú ar an gclár faisnéise teilifíse One Faithful Harp a rinne Hummingbird Productions, agus gearrthóga fuaime ó dhlúthdhiosca ar díolaim é de thaifeadtaí a rinne ceoltóirí cáiliúla ar fhoinn Moore. Beidh na taifeadtaí ar fáil ar dlúthdhiosca chomh maith i mí na Nollag 2008. Níl aon táille ar an gcomhdháil, agus tá an clár ar fáil ar an láithreán gréasáin: www.mooreinstitute.ie. CRÍOCH

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Aitheantas le tabhairt do Stiúrthóir Gradamach Ceoil ag Searmanas Bronnta Céimea

Aitheantas le tabhairt do Stiúrthóir Gradamach Ceoil ag Searmanas Bronnta Céimea-image

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Bronnfar céim ar bhreis agus 800 mac léinn as cúig choláiste OÉ Gaillimh Dé Aoine, an 28 Samhain 2008, ag searmanais bronnta céimeanna an gheimhridh san Ollscoil. Bronnfar Céim Mháistreachta sa Cheol (honoris causa) ar Audrey Corbett, stiúrthóir ceoil Amhránaithe Barócacha na Gaillimhe chomh maith. Cloisfear féasta ceoil ó na córchantóirí sin ina honóir ag an searmanas. Mar phianódóir agus mar orgánaí a thug Audrey Corbett faoi shaol an cheoil ar dtús i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit ar bhuaigh sí go leor de na príomhghradaim ag an bhFeis Ceoil, i measc féilte eile. Ina mac léinn le ceol di sa Choláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath, a céadléiríodh a spéis i gceol córúil nuair a bhunaigh sí St. Stephen's Singers, ensemble a raibh iúl an phobail orthu go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta nuair a bhuaigh siad comórtas 'Let the Peoples Sing' de chuid Raidió an BBC i 1971. Ó bhog sí go Gaillimh, tá Audrey tar éis cur go mór le bláthú an cheoil chórúil, ó bhunaigh sí Cantóirí na Gaillimhe, cór ban a bhfuil go leor duaiseanna buaite acu, Cór Buachaillí na Gaillimhe agus Amhránaithe Barócacha na Gaillimhe. Tá an-tóir uirthi mar mholtóir ar chóir agus mar stiúrthóir ceardlann, seimineár agus máistir-ranganna agus bhí sí ina comhalta ar Bhord Stiúrthóirí an Cheolárais Náisiúnta ar feadh cúig bliana. Mar chomhartha aitheantais ar a saothar ar son an cheoil in iarthar Éireann, bronnadh Gradam Ealaíon Chomhairle Contae na Gaillimhe ar Audrey i 1997. Bhí sí ina stiúrthóir ar an 'Messiah for all' bliantúil sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta in 2001. An bhliain sin, bhunaigh Audrey cór aireagail nua, 'Sonas', atá an-rathúil; bhuaigh siad duais Scothchór Éireannach na Féile ag Féile Cór Chorcaí in 2003 agus bhí siad san iomaíocht sa Chomórtas Idirnáisiúnta ansin in 2004. Bhí an méid seo a leanas le rá ag Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr James J. Browne, roimh an searmanas: "Tá OÉ Gaillimh an-tugtha le fada do na healaíona agus do shaol na n-ealaíon san Ollscoil féin, sa phobal áitiúil agus in áiteanna níos faide ó bhaile. Tá an-áthas orainn an onóir seo a thabhairt d'Audrey Corbett as an tsárobair atá déanta aici ar mhaithe leis an gceol agus ag forbairt na córchantana i nGaillimh". Beifear ag bronnadh céimeanna ar mhic léinn i rith an lae ó Choláiste an Leighis, an Altranais agus na nEolaíochtaí Sláinte; ó Choláiste na hInnealtóireachta agus na Faisnéisíochta; ó Choláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí; ó Choláiste na hEolaíochta; agus ó Choláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh. Ina measc, beidh mic léinn ón MA sa Phleanáil Teanga, an chéad chúrsa tríú leibhéal san ábhar acadúil seo atá á chur ar fáil in Éirinn nó fiú amháin san Eoraip, cúrsa dírithe ar mhic léinn a bhfuil céim bainte amach acu agus atá ag iarraidh oibriú i bpoist i réimsí na pleanála teanga, na forbartha pobail agus na n-eagraíochtaí stáit agus ar dhaoine atá cheana féin ag obair i réimse na pleanála teanga nó in earnáil ghaolmhar. -Críoch-

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Human Rights Expert Talks of Sharing Science - Pivotal in the Climate Change Deb

Human Rights Expert Talks of Sharing Science - Pivotal in the Climate Change Deb-image

Monday, 24 November 2008

Professor William Schabas, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, has said the human right to 'share in scientific advancement and its benefits' could become pivotal in the climate change debate. Professor Schabas was speaking following a high-level meeting at NUI Galway over the weekend, jointly organised with UNESCO and the Amsterdam Centre of International Law. Almost 60 years ago, the right of everyone to share in scientific advancement and its benefits was first established in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to Professor Schabas: "From a legal standpoint, the right to enjoy the benefit of scientific progress and its applications remains largely unexplored. Yet in today's context, there is undoubtedly a relationship between the right to benefit from scientific progress, climate change and environmental protection. The necessity to share the benefits of scientific progress and knowledge across humanity in the face of a global challenge has never been so relevant". He continued: "We already know that those living in poverty, in sub-Saharan Africa for example, are among the first casualties of climate change. The question for national and international law makers is how the right to benefit from scientific progress will be interpreted in relation to global climate change". The Professor also noted, as UNESCO has reported previously, that progress in science and technology does not necessarily constitute "progress" for humankind. Elements of scientific research can also have detrimental consequences leading to ethical questions. This might include sophisticated weaponry, untested medicines or genetically modified products. Opened in 2000, the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway supports the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. The Centre offers a range of postgraduate programmes including International Human Rights Law, International Peace Support Operations, Human Rights Law, and Human Rights and Criminal Justice. At undergraduate level, NUI Galway also offers a new Bachelor of Arts with Human Rights. -ends-

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£1.3 million Cross-border Research Project in Functional Biomaterial Research

£1.3 million Cross-border Research Project in Functional Biomaterial Research-image

Friday, 21 November 2008

NUI Galway and the University of Ulster, have received a grant of over £1.3 million for the establishment of a research collaboration in the area of functional biomaterials. The cutting edge research will be led by Professor Brian Meenan at the University of Ulster and Professor Abhay Pandit at NUI Galway, with the funding coming from the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning, under its Cross Border R&D Funding Programme. Professor Pandit is Director of the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), which is part of NUI Galway's National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES). Biomaterials are synthetic materials which are placed within the body for therapeutic reasons. Their effectiveness can be greatly increased by combining them with therapeutic agents such as cells, proteins and genes. The new technology has applications linked to several important diseases, including cardiovascular disease, disc repair, bone repair, spinal cord and nerve damage. According to Professor Pandit: "Through collaboration with the established biomaterials group at the University of Ulster, we can continue to grow the network and our research capability. We are now in a position to make a substantial impact on the world stage for biomaterials research and are tackling scientific challenges in the areas of medical devices, nanotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine". Professor Meenan added: "This major award from the Cross Border R&D Funding Programme will establish a critical mass for research in functional biomaterials across the island. New and existing staff at the University of Ulster, working directly with colleagues at NUI Galway, will establish an internationally leading research base in this strategically important area with the aim of contributing to relevant aspects of economic and social development in the North and the South". Welcoming the research awards, Professor Richard Barnett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, said: "This funding for the University of Ulster-led research represents an endorsement and recognition of the international calibre of the research capacity at the University. The projects also mark a milestone in our relations with our academic partners in the Republic of Ireland. Together, we will bring to bear on these important research themes the most powerful analytical minds on the island". Dr James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway, added: "I am delighted to see our long standing fruitful co-operation with the University of Ulster is further enhanced by this award. It will facilitate deeper co-operation between the team in the University of Ulster and NUI Galway's recently established, Science Foundation Ireland funded, functional biomaterials group led by Professor Abhay Pandit. I congratulate all of those involved in winning this award and wish them well with their ongoing research". Professor Terry Smith, Vice-President for Research at NUI Galway, commented on the announcement stating: "NUI Galway strongly supports this partnership with the University of Ulster and looks forward to further developing a collaborative approach to this critically relevant area of research. This research award is a welcome testament to the strength of functional biomaterial research ongoing in NUI Galway through the NFB." A total of £7.7 million has been awarded through the Cross Border R&D Funding Programme, which will contribute to the development of an all-island research infrastructure through meaningful, targeted collaboration with leading research teams in the Republic of Ireland. -ends-

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Do Ghairm trí Ghaeilge

Do Ghairm trí Ghaeilge-image

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Reáchtáilfidh Bord na Gaeilge an ócáid 'Do Ghairm trí Ghaeilge' i dTéatar Uí Chearbhalláin in Áras na Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh inniu (Déardaoin, 20 Samhain) ag a 3.00i.n. Ócáid a chuirfidh eolas ar fáil faoi chúrsaí agus gairmeacha trí mheán na Gaeilge. Ag caint faoin ócáid, deir Uachtarán OÉ Gaillimh, an Dr James J. Browne: "Tabharfaidh an ócáid seo deis do mhic léinn Ollscoile agus don phobal, eolas a fháil ar na deiseanna atá ann maidir le cúrsaí a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge agus na deiseanna fostaíochta atá ar fáil in earnáil na Gaeilge". Is iad na haoichainteoirí a bheidh i láthair ar an lá ná: Joe Greaney, Stiúrthóir an chomhlachta Westbic; Eimear Ní Chonfhaola, Nuacht TG4; Susan Ní Chualáin, Comhordaitheoir an M.A. san Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála; agus Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg, Eagarthóir Litríochta le Cló Iar-Chonnachta. Beidh seastáin éagsúla ann chun gach saghas eolais faoi chúrsaí agus gairmeacha Gaeilge a sholáthar do mhic léinn agus don phobal. Lean an tUachtarán: "Is é seo an chéad bhliain a leithéid d'ócáid a bheith á reáchtáil san Ollscoil trí mheán na Gaeilge agus táim cinnte go dtiocfaidh méadú agus borradh ar an ócáid seo bliain i ndiaidh bliana. Guím gach rath ar an ócáid seo agus ar na mic léinn chumasacha a bheidh mar ionadaithe don Ollscoil seo in earnáil na Gaeilge amach anseo". -Críoch-

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Minister launches INSPIRE Programme

Minister launches INSPIRE Programme-image

Monday, 17 November 2008

- Integrated Nanoscience Platform for Ireland - INSPIRE – The Integrated Nanoscience Platform for Ireland was officially launched recently by Dr Jimmy Devins T.D., Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation. LightHouse, the Centre for Applied Photonics in NUI Galway, is a key member of this national initiative, which is a consortium of ten academic institutes leading the strand on nano-photonics research. The project has a total value of €32 million, the largest funding allocation to any national consortium, of which €2.7 will go to LightHouse. The award will enable LightHouse to install a suite of new cleanroom and ultrafast laser processing and process control facilities for developing new nanotechnology- based processes, products and nanomaterials. The award will also enhance the University's teaching reputation, by adding value to graduate research and training in biomedical science, photonics and materials science. Commenting on the funding award Dr Gerard O'Connor of LightHouse, NUI Galway, said: "This award is recognition of the recent inclusion of Photonics as a theme in the formal research strategy of the University. This vision for the future of photonics research strategically positions the University to respond to the growing opportunities and challenges that such new technologies will present to industry, both nationally, and internationally. It recognises the importance of the enabling contributions that photonics will make to biomedical engineering science and environmental science at NUI Galway and to nanoscience and ICT initiatives nationally". -Ends-

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Distance-Learning Delivery for New Degree in Social Care

Distance-Learning Delivery for New Degree in Social Care-image

Monday, 17 November 2008

NUI Galway will officially launch its new Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Care at its annual social care seminar from 22-23 November. Using distance-learning techniques, the B.A. programme combines home-study, tutor support, work placement and workshops available in NUI Galway centres in Carlow, Galway and Portarlington. The four year, part- time, programme builds on the successful certificate and diploma courses offered since 1993. The new B.A. in Social Care is designed for adult learners returning to education, with experience in care work. Flexibility is provided by allowing students to exit and return to the programme at different points, taking up to seven years to complete the degree or choosing to finish at the end of year one with a certificate, or year two with a diploma. Course Director, NUI Galway's Dr Jane Sixsmith, says flexible access to third-level learning opportunities for social care workers will ultimately enhance care: "In the field of social care, increased attention is being given to qualifications, regulation and professionalisation. The degree programme is designed with this in mind, to support the education needs of social care workers, in as flexible a manner as possible". Dr Sixsmith added: "This degree programme provides an opportunity for a much broader range of people to access third level education than would traditionally be the case and exemplifies the University's commitment to life long learning". The theme of this year's social care seminar is "Working with Older People". Over 250 NUI Galway students undertaking social care programmes will attend, including the first cohort of B.A. students. For more information about the B.A. in Social Care please visit www.nuig.ie/hpr, call 091 493874, or email yvonne.forde@nuigalway.ie -ends-

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Ceiliúradh 10 mbliana d'Ollscolaíocht Ghaeilge i gCarna

Ceiliúradh 10 mbliana d'Ollscolaíocht Ghaeilge i gCarna-image

Monday, 17 November 2008

Osclóidh Príomhfheidhmeannach Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Peadar Mac an Iomaire, deireadh seachtaine ceiliúrtha 10 mbliana Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim i gCarna ar an Aoine, 21 Samhain, 2008. Ionad for-rochtana de chuid Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh é Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim. Cuireann an tIonad raon deiseanna ollscolaíochta ar fáil do phobal na Gaeltachta agus do Ghaeilgeoirí ó cheantair eile, mar aon leis an Ghaeilge a chothú mar phríomhtheanga pobail sa Ghaeltacht. View in English "Is cúis mhór áthais dúinn an sprioc seo a bheith sroichte againn" a dúirt Riarthóir an Ionaid Séamas Ó Concheanainn. "Ag tógáil ar mhisean bunaithe an Ionaid deich mbliana ó shin tá clár ollscolaíochta, tacaíochta teanga agus tionscnamh forbartha pobail idir lámha ag an Ionad ar mhaithe le forbairt inbhuanaithe phobal na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge". Tá sa bhreis ar 580 mac léinn tar éis cáilíochtaí Ollscoile a bhaint amach faoi scáth an Árais trí chúrsaí réamhollscoile, fochéime agus iarchéime a dhéanamh i dTeicneolaíocht na Faisnéise agus sa Riarachán Gnó; sa Ghaeilge; sa Bhéaloideas; i gCúram Sóisialta agus i bFhorbairt Phobail. Tá forbairt á déanamh ar an gclár cúrsaí atá á thairiscint ag an Ionad ar bhonn leanúnach le freastal ar riachtanais spriocghrúpaí agus an mhargaidh. Tá pobal forleathan tagtha faoi thionchar chláir shealbhaithe agus bhuanaithe Gaeilge an Ionaid freisin. "Tá cúrsaí an Ionaid ag cabhrú lenár mic léinn fostaíocht mhaith a aimsiú mar aon le deis a thabhairt dóibh leanacht leis an oideachas fadsaoil gar do bhaile ina dteanga dúchais" a deir Ó Concheanainn. Tá clár forbartha agus taighde á chur chun cinn ag an Ionad freisin a nascann nuálaíocht teanga agus nuálaíocht teicneolaíochta i réimsí a áiríonn an tIdirlíon agus an Chartlannaíocht. Tá an tAcadamh dóchasach go gcothóidh na tionscnaimh taighde agus forbartha seo tuilleadh deiseanna ardoiliúna agus fostaíochta sa Ghaeltacht. Tá obair an Ionaid ag tacú le cur chun cinn an bhonneagair oideachais, eacnamaíochta agus seirbhíse ar fud na Gaeltachta. Tá comhoibriú láidir ar siúl le heagraíochtaí stáit agus leis an bpobal ar mhaithe le cur ar chumas an phobail a bheith páirteach i sochaí agus i ngeilleagar an eolais, mar a léiríodh leis an bhfeachtas ar éirigh leis le gairid córas leathanbhanda ardluais HEAnet a sholáthar i gCarna agus i gceantair Ghaeltachta eile. "Tá an tacaíocht atá á fháil ag an Ionad ón Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta agus ó Údarás na Gaeltachta fíorthábhachtach ó thaobh timpeallacht a chothú atá báúil do chur chun cinn bonneagair Ollscolaíochta sa Ghaeltacht" a deir Ó Concheanainn. Tá idir léachtaí, taispeántais, ceardlanna agus ceolchoirm oíche Dé Sathairn ar chlár imeachtaí an deireadh seachtaine comórtha in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim. San áireamh tá léacht ar shaothar Shorcha Ní Ghuairim féin a thabharfaidh an Dr Ríonach Uí Ógáin tráthnóna Dé hAoine, 21 Samhain ag 8.00i.n. Tugtar cuireadh don phobal freastal ar imeachtaí uile an deireadh seachtaine. Is féidir tuilleadh eolais maidir le himeachtaí an deireadh seachtaine a fháil ag: www.acadamh.ie CRÍOCH

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10 year Celebration of third-level education at Carna

10 year Celebration of third-level education at Carna-image

Monday, 17 November 2008

On Friday 21 November, Peadar Mac an Iomaire, Príomhfheidhmeannach of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge will launch a weekend of events at Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Carna to celebrate the Centre's 10-year anniversary. Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim is an outreach centre of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway. The Centre offers a range of third level educational opportunities through the medium of Irish to Gaeltacht communities and to Irish speakers elsewhere, in addition to endeavouring to sustain the Irish language as the primary community language in the Gaeltacht. Leagan Gaeilge Séamas Ó Concheanainn, the Centre's Administrator, commented ahead of the celebration: "It is a great sense of joy for us that we have reached this important milestone. Building on the centre's founding mission 10 years ago, we are offering a programme of third level education, language support and community development initiatives geared towards the sustainable development of Gaeltacht and Irish-speaking communities". To date, in excess of 580 students have achieved third level qualifications through Access, undergraduate and post-graduate level programmes in Information Technology and Business Administration, Gaeilge, Folklore Studies, Social Care and Community Development under the aegis of the Centre. The Centre's programme of courses is being developed on an ongoing basis to meet target group and market needs. A widespread community has also come under the influence of the Centre's Irish language acquisition and sustainment programme. Ó Concheanainn continued: "Our programmes assist our students in attaining high quality employment as well as enabling them to pursue lifelong learning opportunities close to home in their native language. The Acadamh Centre is developing a programme of research and development that integrates linguistic and technological innovation in areas encompassing the Internet and archiving. We are confident that these research and development initiatives will create further higher-education and employment opportunities in the Gaeltacht". The Centre's work is also contributing to the development of the educational, economic and services infrastructure in the Gaeltacht. There is strong co-operation with state bodies and with the public to enable communities to participate in the knowledge society and economy. This is evident in the recent successful campaign to attain the HEAnet high-speed broadband service at Carna and in other Gaeltacht areas. "The support received by the Centre from the Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta and from Údarás na Gaeltachta is paramount in nurturing an environment conducive to the development of a third level education infrastructure in the Gaeltacht" says Ó Concheanainn. The weekend programme of events at Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim includes lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and a Saturday night concert featuring sean-nós singers and dancers, musicians and other artists from near and far. Dr Ríonach Uí Ógáin will give a lecture on Sorcha Ní Ghuairim's career and accomplishments on Friday, 21 November at 8.00pm. The public are invited to attend all events through the weekend. Further details regarding the weekend's events can be found at: www.acadamh.ie ENDS

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