Ballymun Students Graduate from NUI Galway Law Course

Ballymun Students Graduate from NUI Galway Law Course-image

Friday, 6 July 2007

Pictured at the Ballymun Civic Center Dublin on 6th July 2007 was the presentation of Certificates of Attendance to a group of Ballymun based Students who participated in an NUI Galway Law Course through an interactive video link. The presentations were made by Mr. Pat Carey T.D. Minister for State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht. Pictured left to right were Veronica McDonald, student, Mr. Pat Carey T.D. Minister for State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht, Dr. Padraic Kenna Faculty of Law NUI Galway and Karen Shannon student Mr Pat Carey T.D, Minister for State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will present a group of Ballymun-based students, who participated in an NUI Galway law course through an interactive video link, with Certificates of Attendance on Friday, 9 July 2007, at the Ballymun Civic Centre, Dublin. The Housing Law & Policy course – the first of its kind in Ireland, was developed and presented by Dr. Padraic Kenna of the Faculty of Law, NUI Galway in conjunction with the Ballymun Community Law Centre. The lectures were videolinked in real time to community volunteers, welfare staff, local authority tenants and their representatives, and other interested parties living in Ballymun. Over 12 weeks, the Ballymun group gathered in the Council Chamber Civic Offices to link via video with some 60 Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law students at NUI Galway for the interactive weekly classes. Dr Padraic Kenna, law lecturer at NUI Galway is the author of the definitive work Housing Law and Policy in Ireland. According to Dr Kenna; "An innovative use of the latest technology has allowed NUI Galway to reach out into the heart of a Dublin community where housing law and policies have had such an impact". The course covered the traditional housing and property law areas, such as mortgages and conveyancing, as well as social housing and modern approaches to social inclusion in housing. There was also a focus on preparing participants for active input into the forthcoming Housing Bill. This innovative link-up was facilitated by NUI Galway's Community Knowledge Initiative, which promotes civic engagement among academics, students and the wider community. Since its inception, the Ballymun Community Law Centre has consistently sought to empower the residents and community workers of Ballymun. BCLC Solicitor Frank Murphy, a law graduate of NUI, Galway, described the opportunity to tap into NUI Galway's expertise in the area of housing law as "a unique opportunity". "Participants came from throughout the Ballymun area and the interchange between the students, tenants and Dr Kenna was truly enlightening. On the last night all the students and tenants presented their own papers over the video link and this proved a wonderful culmination of the excellent course," he said. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Kenna for his pioneering work in video-linking his course to us here in Ballymun. The law can only be considered our law if the people are actively involved in it and Dr Kenna is leading the way in making it our law by providing such magnificent access to legal education." Plans are under way to continue the collaboration between NUI Galway and the Ballymun Community Law Centre to offer the interactive course next year. ENDS

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Programme announced for John McGahern International Seminar

Programme announced for John McGahern International Seminar-image

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Leitrim County Council and National University of Ireland, Galway have announced final arrangements for the forthcoming John McGahern International Seminar which takes place in Co. Leitrim on July 26, 27 and 28, 2007 The opening address, John McGahern: The Novel and the Story, will be given by Professor Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin at the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, on 26 July. Other speakers will include Prof. Sylvie Mikowski, University of Reims, France; Dr. James Whyte, NUI Galway; Dr. Eamon Maher, I.T. Tallaght; and Fr. Liam Kelly, Cavan. There will also be a panel discussion including journalists Susan McKay and Belinda McKeon. Seminar sessions will be held in Carrick-on-Shannon, Aughawillan, Ballinamore and Mohill. The Seminar will also include a boat trip on the Shannon and Boyle rivers and a bus tour of the Aughawillan/Ballinamore area. Speaking at the announcement, seminar coordinator, Dr. John Kenny, Department of English, NUI Galway, said "John McGahern was an extraordinary writer in that he was widely admired by other novelists and short story writers across the world for his sheer patient dedication to the craft of fiction, but was also held in great affection by the Irish readers whose country and localities he so keenly examined in his work. He was one of the major Irish artists of the word alongside Joyce and Beckett, and the seminar will be a fitting testament to his legacy". Further lecture topics at the Seminar include: Amongst McGahern's Women; John McGahern: The Local and the Ordinary and John McGahern and Religion. A series of excerpt readings by actress Ms Marie Mullen will also feature throughout the seminar as well as a viewing of the documentary film John McGahern: A Private World. A detailed schedule for the Seminar can be downloaded from www.nuigalway.ie/iss/John_McGahern.html ENDS

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NUI Galway confer graduates with Clinical Psychology Doctoral degrees

NUI Galway confer graduates with Clinical Psychology Doctoral degrees-image

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Pictured at their recent conferring ceremony are graduates of NUI Galway's first Clinical Psychology Doctoral degree programme. Back row left to right: Judith McBrinn, Blackrock, Dublin; Samira Hayes, Killarney; Eoin Ryan, Newcastle Galway; Marie Claire Lagendijk, Roscam, Galway. Front Row l-r: Hazel Moore, Kingston, Galway; Elaine Curran, University Road, Galway; Treasa Ní Uiginn, Castleknock, Dublin; Claire Hogan, Blackrock, Dublin; Clare Thynne, Cappagh Road, Galway and Joanne Byrne, Culmore Rd, Derry. NUI Galway has conferred 10 graduates with the Doctor of Psychological Science in Clinical Psychology, the first course of its kind at the University, which is addressing the current shortage of clinical psychologists in the Irish healthcare system. Accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, the three-year, full-time professional training programme enables graduates to work as clinical psychologists in the health service, and is one of four programmes nationally. Course Director, Dr Brian McGuire said: "The course at NUI Galway is making an important contribution to health care in Ireland by training high quality clinical psychologists to provide much-needed services in hospitals and the community. This is a proud moment for the trainees, the course team and our partners in the health service". All trainees are sponsored by the health service and related health agencies for the duration of their training. The programme involves coursework, clinical placements and a research thesis and following completion, graduates work in a range of settings such as adult and child mental health services, community care, intellectual disability services and other specialized services. The partnership approach to the training course will be confirmed later this year with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between NUI Galway and the HSE. Mr Pat Brosnan, Health Services Executive, said clinical psychologists are required to provide therapeutic interventions across all aspects of the health sector, including community and acute hospital settings. "In recent years, the HSE, recognising the need for greater capacity in relation to the provision of psychological interventions, has initiated a more systematic and coordinated approach to post graduate training in clinical psychology. Currently, this approach is being further consolidated and expanded in partnership with four national universities; NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the University of Limerick. "It is anticipated that this partnership initiative will facilitate an annual output of clinical psychologists to meet current and future demands within the health sector." ENDS

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Health officials debate the value of promoting health as a public good

Health officials debate the value of promoting health as a public good-image

Monday, 2 July 2007

The promotion and maintenance of population health is the focus of the 11th annual Health Promotion Conference, organised by the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway in collaboration with the HSE Population Health and the Health Promotion Policy Unit, and the Department of Health and Children, at NUI Galway from 5 - 6 July, 2007. The Building Capacity for Evidence-based Health Promotion conference will address the evidence of Health Promotion effectiveness and its translation into policy and practice. The promotion and maintenance of population health is now regarded as being central to social and economic development in most developed countries. Despite the existence of a substantial body of knowledge of effective health promotion interventions that meets internally recognised standards, it is not routinely used to inform health policy. Keynote presentations from international and national speakers, together with workshops and symposia, will be held over the two day event. "The challenge of ensuring that our health promotion policy and practice is based on best available evidence is critical in realising the government's health improvement goals in Ireland" says Margaret Barry, Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health at NUI Galway. The conference will consider capacity building in relation to health promotion evaluation, including demonstrating value for money, and how the health promotion evidence base can be applied in practice. Among the key speakers at the conference include; Dr Viv Speller, Health Development Consultant, UK; Dr Stephan Van Den Broucke, Public Health Executive Agency, European Commission; and Professor Jane Springett, Director of the Institute for Health, John Moores University. "Evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health promotion actions must be translated into guidance for policy and practice, clearly communicated and applied," says UK consultant Dr Viv Speller. The conference includes a symposium on Making the Economic Case for Promoting Health, which will be chaired by Mr. Michael Scanlan, Secretary General of the Department of Health and Children. Among those on the panel include; Professor Martin Knapp, London School of Economics and Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London; Ms. Janine Hale, Principal Research Officer (Health Economics), Public Health & Health Professions Department, Welsh Assembly and Professor Eamon O'Shea, Department of Economics, NUI, Galway. ENDS

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August 2007

The Paddy Ryan Memorial Lecture

The Paddy Ryan Memorial Lecture-image

Monday, 27 August 2007

The Paddy Ryan Memorial Lecture, a joint initiative announced recently by Galway Chamber, NUI Galway and GMIT to honour the memory of the late Paddy Ryan will take place on Wednesday, 5 September, 2007 in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway at 8p.m. Declan Kelly, International businessman and President and CEO of Financial Dynamics in the United States, has been named as the guest speaker and will deliver a lecture entitled, Business 2007 - How the lessons of the past will shape the realities of the future. Following the lecture, Mr. Kelly will be presented with a specially commissioned medal designed by the artist and sculptor, Padraic Reaney. The event is sponsored by APC.

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NUI Galway offer Diploma in Translation in Kerry Gaeltacht

NUI Galway offer Diploma in Translation in Kerry Gaeltacht-image

Monday, 27 August 2007

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, National University of Ireland, Galway is offering a part-time diploma in translation studies this forthcoming academic year. The course will be held from mid September in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht, An Daingean, Co. Kerry. This is a two-year, part-time course and will take place one night a week. The course is suited to those with fluent Irish and English, both written and spoken, and is aimed at people who wish to pursue a career in the field of translation or who wish to perfect their accuracy in written Irish. Participants will also get an insight into the translation business, as well as the software and electronic tools available to the Irish language translator. The course is designed to give practical experience of translating the types of texts most commonly translated into Irish. Eoin Ó Droighneáin, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta, said: "Due to the recent expansion of translation in Ireland as a field of education, business and employment, there is an onus on professional translators to ensure their work reaches a very high standard. Achieving a recognised qualification and acquiring sound translation skills is now, therefore, more important than ever". Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway is also offering a postgraduate course – Dioplóma Iarchéime / M.A. i Léann an Aistriúcháin (Postgraduate Diploma / M.A. in Translation Studies). This is a fulltime course held over one year for the postgraduate diploma, and two years for the M.A. Applications are now being accepted for both courses. ENDS

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National Business Editor to Address Regional Entrepreneur Network

National Business Editor to Address Regional Entrepreneur Network-image

Monday, 27 August 2007

Tom McEnaney, Business Editor with the Irish Independent, is to address the new NUI Galway Skillnets Network at their launch event on Tuesday, 11 September, 2007. This new network for 'innovative technology and export orientated companies' aims to satisfy the training and networking needs of its' member companies. The event will take place from 9.30am – 3pm in Cromleach Lodge, near Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The Skillnets Network is an outcome of the various initiatives run by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at NUI Galway, whose high performance team guides breakthrough research to business reality, such as: promoting entrepreneurship and new business growth, providing support services for new knowledge intensive companies; and linking researchers to industry. According to Ms. Niamh Corcoran, TTO, National University of Ireland, Galway: "This is a key event for emerging start up companies. We look forward to the network members benefiting from accessing Mr. McEnaney's perspective and learning from his experience. We envisage that members will use the network to share, learn and grow. It is an exciting time for the Technology Transfer Office to be forming a key link for entrepreneurs across the region." As a member of the network, companies will benefit from training which will be designed to help them grow competitive advantage, grow capacity and which can expand the team's skill set. The training output will seek to positively impact the company's business strategy, vision and goals. In addition, it will facilitate a formal networking environment where peer and professional contact sharing can result in efficiencies of knowledge and resources. The Technology Transfer Office is seeking to grow the membership base of the network and invites innovative, technology driven, export orientated companies to register for the event. The network currently boasts 20 members across three different sectors in the five regional hubs of Galway, Castlebar, Sligo, Donegal and the Athlone area. In May 2007, the network successfully secured development funding from Skillnets, which is an enterprise-led support body whose mission is to enhance the skills of people in employment in Irish industry to support competitiveness and employability. Skillnets is funded by the National Training Fund. ENDS

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Dioplóma i Scileanna Aistriúcháin ag OÉ Gaillimh i gCorca Dhuibhne

Dioplóma i Scileanna Aistriúcháin ag OÉ Gaillimh i gCorca Dhuibhne-image

Monday, 27 August 2007

Tá sé fógartha ag Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh go bhfuil cúrsa Dioplóma i Scileanna Aistriúcháin le tosnú i gCorca Dhuibhne an mhí seo chugainn. Cúrsa páirtaimseartha thar dhá bhliain atá i gceist agus cuirfear tús leis i lár mí Mheán Fómhair 2007 sa Daingean, Co. Chiarraí. Is é an aidhm atá leis an gcúrsa eolas tosaigh a thabhairt do mhic léinn ar na scileanna is tábhachtaí is gá a bheith ag duine a bhíonn ag aistriú idir an Béarla agus an Ghaeilge agus oiliúint bhunúsach a thabhairt dóibh sna scileanna sin. Is é seo an dara huair an cúrsa seo á reáchtáil i gCorca Dhuibhne; chríochnaigh aon duine dhéag an chéad bhabhta den chúrsa san earrach seo caite. Seo an méid a bhí le rá ag Eoin Ó Droighneáin, Riarthóir an Aonad Aistriúcháin agus Pleanála Corpais, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge: "Mar is eol do chách anois, tá an-éileamh go deo ar aistritheoirí a bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar sprioctheanga acu, agus cabhróidh an cháilíocht a bheidh mar thoradh ar an gcúrsa seo le daoine teacht i dtír ar na deiseanna fostaíochta agus eile atá ann". Tá an cúrsa oiriúnach do dhaoine a bhfuil caighdeán maith Gaeilge agus Béarla acu agus ar mhaith leo díriú ar an aistriúchán mar shlí bheatha nó scileanna áirithe aistriúcháin a úsáid ina saol oibre. Glacfar le hiarratais don chúrsa go dtí Dé hAoine, 31 Lúnasa 2007. CRÍOCH

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Choral Alumni Reunion at NUI Galway

Choral Alumni Reunion at NUI Galway-image

Monday, 27 August 2007

A reunion to celebrate 40 years of choral singing at NUI Galway will be held in the University from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2007. Cór an Choláiste will host a weekend of meetings and rehearsals which will culminate in a choral performance on the evening of Saturday 29th. In addition to the current conductor, Thomas Cryan, former University choir conductors, Peter Mannion (BSc 2006), Dr Brendan O'Connor (BSc 1982, PhD 1985) and John Murphy (BA 1970), will return to conduct graduate groups in this performance. The concert will also include a guest performance by Cois Cladaigh and traditional music performances from society members from the relevant years. This performance will be free and open to the public. Tickets to participate in the Choral Alumni Reunion Weekend are €20.00 per person. If you have any queries or require information, please contact Sheila Gorham in the Alumni Office at: 091 493750 or email alumni@nuigalway.ie or contact Dr Brendan O'Connor at: 091 756812 or email boc@aquafact.ie Hundreds of UCG/NUI Galway graduates were members of, or associated with, the various University choirs over the years. Unfortunately many of their names do not appear on our mailing list. To ensure that everyone interested is given an opportunity to participate, we ask that you contact the NUI Galway Alumni Office with contact information of choir members. ENDS

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Minister launches Health Behaviour Study in School Children

Minister launches Health Behaviour Study in School Children-image

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety at the Department of Health and Children, Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D., yesterday (22 August 2007) launched the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study, conducted in 2006 by Principal Investigator Dr Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, and colleagues Dr Colette Kelly and Dr Michal Molcho of the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway. The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC) is the Irish part of a cross-national study of children's health behaviours, attitudes, perceptions and the contexts of children's health - family life, school, relationships with peers and the local community. Dr Nic Gabhainn has been Principal Investigator for HBSC Ireland since 1994, and this is the third and largest survey of Irish children s health. Previous HBSC surveys were conducted in the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway in 1998 and 2002. Findings have been widely used to inform both policy and practice developments in relation to child and adolescent health, nationally, regionally and internationally. Dr Saoirse Nic Gabhainn said: "we in the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway are delighted by the launch of our third report by Minister Gallagher. This new Irish data show where we have made progress in relation to child and adolescent health, for example in food behaviour, smoking and seat-belt use, but also warns us not to be complacent, there remain worrying levels of alcohol consumption, bullying, injuries and hunger". More than 13,000 children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year (pre-leaving cert) in post primary schools participated in HBSC Ireland 2006, making it the largest and most robust survey of Irish children. This first report from the 2006 survey includes data on general health and social well-being, tobacco use, alcohol, drug use, food and dietary behaviour, exercise and physical activity, injuries, self- care and bullying. All findings are presented separately for girls and boys, by age groups and by parental social class. The key findings of the study include increases in: seatbelt use (79%), meeting physical activity guidelines (55%), fruit (19%) and vegetable (18%) consumption. Decreases in ever (36%) and current smoking (15%), 12 month cannabis rates for older boys (24%), sweet (39%) and soft drink (26%) consumption. There are also small increases in health (87%) and happiness (91%), with a consistent gender gap in favour of boys. There are few changes in bullying (34%) or reported injuries (43%) which are higher in boys, nor in dieting (12%) or not eating breakfast (14%), which are higher in girls. Consistent social class differences remain, particularly for eating and dieting behaviour. HBSC Ireland has been supported by the Department of Health and Children and is funded by research grant from the Health Promotion Policy Unit and the Office of the Minister for Children. ENDS

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