NUI Galway Students Win Prestigious Irish Chartered Financial Analysts Competition

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Competition sees students from Irish universities compete for most professional analysis of a quoted Irish company Five Masters in International Finance students from NUI Galway have won the Chartered Financial Analysts Ireland 2014 Research Challenge for their analysis of Ryanair plc. The Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst and are tested on their ability to value a stock, write an initiation-of-coverage report, and present their recommendations to a panel of leading financial services professionals. The NUI Galway team consisted of: Sam Ryan, Shane O’Brien, and Anthony Patrick Saoud, all from Galway City; Oisín Kenny from the USA; and Conor Hanniffy from Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Speaking after their win, the team said that they had taken a very positive view of Ryanair plc. Anthony Patrick Saoud said: “Our analyses suggested a potential share price of some €9.05 a share – an upside of 24% on the current share price. We believe that Ryanair had secured an incredibly strong competitive position in the airline market in Europe and that current changes in the positioning of the company would lead to income growth from new charges.” The President of the CFA Society Ireland, Ronan McCabe said: “NUI Galway really had to earn their win this year as the overall standard of all the teams competing was exceptionally high.”  The winning team will now go on to compete in the European Middle East Africa (EMEA) Finals of the competition in Milan in early April. In addition to NUI Galway, teams from Trinity, UCD, UCC, Dublin City University, and Queens University Belfast took part in the Irish leg of the competition. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Student Wins Prestigious National Logistics and Transport Award

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Awards presented by Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn T.D. at special ceremony in Dublin NUI Galway’s Master of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) student, Kelley Rickard was recently presented with a €500 cash prize by the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn T.D. at the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland Student Idea of the Year Awards. The awards are presented to the originators of the most innovative ideas which could make the most significant contribution to some aspect of the transport and logistics industry in Ireland. Kelley from Greystones, Co. Wicklow was awarded second place for her paper on ‘The Ultimate Traffic Management System’which focused on providing for the needs of traffic managers and road users. The system is designed as an interactive, automated real time traffic management system which relies on an organic intelligence system as a basis. Mary Dempsey, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway, said: “I am very proud of Kelley’s success through her academic work. We encourage our students to use their time on campus wisely as our programmes and modules have various innovation opportunities designed into the curriculum. There are opportunities open to students in university that will provide them a platform to create and design their own future. I am delighted that Kelley’s work is rewarded in such a prestigious manner.” -ENDS-

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NUI Galway Host Public Interview with Singer and Harpist Mary O’Hara

NUI Galway Host Public Interview with Singer and Harpist Mary O’Hara-image

Monday, 24 March 2014

Interview part of third Martin Reilly Lecture Series As part of the Martin Reilly Lecture Series, Comhrá Ceoil and NUI Galway’s Centre for Irish Studies have organised a public interview with Mary O’Hara, singer and harpist. The interview will be conducted by Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Acting Director at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and chaired by Dr Helen Lawlor of DKIT, and will take place at 7pm, on Tuesday, 8 April. Mary O’Hara, originally from Sligo and now resident on the Aran Islands, is a leading figure in the popularisation and globalisation of Irish music during the latter half of the twentieth century.  Beginning in the 1950s, she played a seminal role in the reconfiguration of Irish music performance in the public domain through recordings, radio and TV appearances, and her worldwide concert tours. In a review of two albums of songs with harp accompaniment by Mary O’Hara, the critic Charles Acton advised that ‘at least one of these records should be in every home’ (The Irish Times, 1960) and O’Hara’s return to the concert stage in 1977 was declared the ‘folk music event of the year’ (The Observer, 1978). In the wider sphere of the representation and interpretation of Irish cultural identity in the late twentieth century, her role is an important one to recognise. The public interview will provide an opportuntiy to explore this role in music and music-making. Though most well-known for her Irish repertoire, Mary O’Hara’s music draws from other wells of folk and non-folk genres.  Her performances of traditional and newly composed material in her distinctive voice and accompaniment style leaves a legacy still heard in the contemporary sounds of Irish music. The Martin Reilly Lecture Series is dedicated to Martin Reilly, the celebrated nineteenth century Galway uilleann piper, who left a rich musical legacy to generations of pipers. The lecture series will give an opportunity to researcher-practitioners in Irish traditional music and dance to present their research in a public forum and the audience will get to hear some tunes, see some dancing and listen to some songs as well.  The interview with Mary O’Hara takes place in the SAC Room (CA110) in St. Anthony’s on campus (Upper Newcastle Road Entrance). Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Further information on this interview and other planned talks in the series is available at 091 492051 or, and Facebook: Martin-Reilly-Lecture-Series. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Researchers Encouraged by Positive Results on New Osteoarthritis Treatment

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

EU funded research aims to use stem cell therapy to work towards a cure, perhaps within a 5 year timeframe NUI Galway researchers are part of an exciting EU-funded project looking at how stem cells from adult fat tissue could be used to activate the regeneration of cartilage. If successful, their work could lead to effective new treatments for millions of osteoarthritis sufferers. Positive, early results indicate the treatment could become a reality for patients within the next 5 years. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects more than 70 million EU citizens, including over 400,000 in Ireland. It is the most common form of human arthritis and is characterised by the degeneration of cartilage in joints, which can become very painful. Researchers under the EU-funded ADIPOA project are working to better understand a new treatment for osteoarthritis based on stem cell therapy. The research team is seeking to determine how adipose (fat)-derived stem cells injected into diseased joints can activate the regeneration of cartilage. The Phase 1 clinical trial has just finished.   In recent years, these cells have emerged as a good alternative to bone marrow-derived stem cells. For one thing, adipose tissue, or body fat, is easily available through minimally invasive surgical procedures. Secondly, fat is available in large quantities allowing doctors to harvest a lot of stem cells at one time. Professor Frank Barry, Scientific Director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, is a partner in the ADIPOA project. Professor Barry explains “Until now there were just two possible outcomes for suffers of this progressive and debilitating disease – joint replacement surgery, in the case of advanced disease or, life-long pain management.  From the clinical trials conducted so far, we have seen the first signs of finding a cure for this truly incapacitating disease which affects so many. Using the patient's own stem cells we have been able to treat their diseased joints and relieve their suffering and burden of pain. Whilst we are still in the early stages of clinical trials the results so far are extremely positive such that the use of stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis could become a reality for patients within the next 5 years.” The FP7 ADIPOA project is a large scale integrated project with partners from France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Ireland, and Netherlands. It has received a total of EUR 9,224, 472 in EU funding under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research & Technological Development. REMEDI is a Science Foundation Ireland-funded Strategic Research Cluster, led by NUI Galway and with partners in University College Cork and NUI Maynooth. REMEDI is a partnership between scientists, clinicians and industry and it is the leading centre in the area of stem cell and regenerative medicine in Ireland. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Opens Its Doors For Open Day 2014

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht Rugby will be among the speakers at Open Day, the perfect opportunity for students and parents to experience life at NUI Galway NUI Galway invites all CAO applicants, both undergraduate and mature students, to the annual Open Day on Saturday, 5 April from 10am to 3pm. Open Day is an excellent opportunity for students, along with their parents and families, to explore NUI Galway’s facilities and to learn first-hand from the lecturers themselves about the more than 60 courses on offer. Lecturers and current students will be on hand to talk to students and parents at the main Exhibition area in the Bailey Allen Hall, with over 80 subject-specific exhibition stands. The ‘Parents Programme’ will provide parents and students with information on important issues such as fees and funding, careers, accommodation and support services for students. To get the most out of your day visitors are encouraged to view the timetable of talks at Talk Highlights include: New Scholarship Schemes for 2014 - CAO Performance Points Scholarships in Sports and Arts, and all you need to know about Excellence Scholarships. A guest appearance and talk about Sports at NUI Galway with Pat Lam, Connacht Rugby Head Coach. Career talks - “Where are the jobs? What are my employment prospects after University?” Taster sessions designed to give a real insight into studying at NUI Galway will include: Physics - A brilliant career from lasers to the Universe. Take a 3-D tour of the Universe with The Centre for Astronomy, which will take visitors on a trip from the earth to nearby starts, across our Galaxy to groups of stars, and finally through the whole Universe. Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – Introduction to the Healthcare Programmes. Arts – BA Connect Programme in Drama, Theatre and Performance studies. Caroline Loughnane, Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway, said: "Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions a student will ever make and parents play a key role in supporting students as they take this important next step. Open Day is the perfect opportunity for parents to ensure they have access to all of the information they need to support sons and daughters through their university career. We are encouraging anyone with an interest in studying at NUI Galway to come along, talk to our lecturers and current students, find out about the courses, explore the campus and decide for yourself whether NUI Galway feels right for you. Open Day has proved invaluable in the past to many students, particularly those considering their options before the CAO change of mind deadline of 1 July.” Tours of the campus will feature the state-of the-art sports complex and gym, and the new Engineering Building. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day, with the tour shuttle bus departing regularly from outside the Orbsen Building. Guided walking tours of the main campus will also take place throughout the afternoon. To plan your day in advance and receive a programme on Open Day 2014 visit, phone +353 91 494145 or email -Ends-

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REMEDI Student Wins Molecular Medicine Ireland Award

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

REMEDI PhD student Éanna Connaughton was awarded the Molecular Medicine Ireland(MMI) Medal for his work at the recent MMI Education and Training Annual Scientific Meeting. Pictured presenting the award to Éanna is (left) Professor Laurence Egan, NUI Galway and (right) Dr Mark Watson, Programme Manager, Education & Training, Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Programme. Originally from from Ballybrogan, Co. Roscommon, Éanna is based at REMEDI in NUI Galway, and was awarded the MMI Medal for his oral presentation ‘Phenotypic, Functional and Molecular Analysis of Novel Human Monocyte Subpopulations’. Over 115 people attended the MMI Education & Training Annual Scientific Meeting, which brought together research students from the Clinical and Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP), Alumni from the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme (CSFP) and the wider research community for a day of research presentations. -Ends-

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Supreme Court Judge to Deliver School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture at NUI Galway

Supreme Court Judge to Deliver School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture at  NUI Galway-image

Friday, 28 March 2014

Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly of the Supreme Court and formerly Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture 2014 on Friday, 4 April at 8pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway. The title of his lecture will be The National Judge and the European Union and Anna-Louise Hinds, Lecturer in European Law at NUIG and Co-editor of the Irish Journal of European Law, will formally respond to his paper. Previous speakers in the School of Law Annual Distinguished Lecture series include: Professor Christopher McCrudden of Oxford University; Judge John T. Noonan of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Neil Walker of Edinburgh University; Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK Supreme Court; and Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness of the Irish Supreme Court. The event is held on an annual basis to mark the end of the academic year and is open to students and graduates of the School of Law, NUI Galway as well as interested members of the public. In announcing this event, Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUIG said: “Mr. Justice Fennelly is a judge of the highest renown who is recognised for the rigour and consistency of his judgments. His expertise in the area of European Law, in particular, is widely acknowledged. It is a great honour for the School of Law at NUI Galway to have him deliver our Annual Distinguished Lecture on a topic of great importance not just to lawyers but to all European citizens.” Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly undertook a degree in Economics at University College Dublin and completed his Bar studies at King's Inns. He practised at the Irish Bar from 1966 to 1995 and worked principally in commercial and constitutional cases, with a particular interest in the growing field of European Community (including Competition) Law. He was Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland for 1990 and 1991 and was the first Irish lawyer to be appointed as Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ, now CJEU), where he served from 1995 to 2000. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland in October 2000. He is a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King's Inns and of the Middle Temple in London. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law at Trier, Germany, Chairman of the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) and President of the Irish Society for European Law and was President in 2004 of FIDE (Fédération Internationale de Droit Européenne). He has written many articles concerning the law of the European Union, with particular interest in its constitutional aspects. Ends  

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Ignite Technology Transfer Office Eco-System Class of 2014 Awards

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Friday, 28 March 2014

The 2014 Ignite Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Commercialisation programme ‘Ignite Eco-System’ came to an exciting finale last Tuesday, 25 March. Each participant pitched their commercial opportunity to an external expert panel after being taken through the 8 week programme of identifying the value proposition of their technology or business concept. Commercial roadmaps & business models were generated and everyone left with a clear vision of their next steps. Awards were presented on the day under the following categories: Best Business Opportunity: awarded to Anthonia O’Donovan from the School of Natural Sciences; Best Presentation: awarded to Paul Dunne from the Department of Engineering in GMIT, Best Elevator Pitch: awarded to Vinod Hegde from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics Judges Choice: awarded Mary-Pat O’Malley from the Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy Ignite Technology Transfer Office offers commercialisation mentoring and training workshops aimed at assisting researchers, individuals and innovative early stage enterprises assess specialist advice in preparation of attracting commercial grant supports or investment appropriate to the needs of the new technology or business concept . Our approach is hands on and practical, delivered to suit the needs of the participants on the programme known as Ignite Eco-System. Vinod Hegde winner, Best Elevator Pitch said “as a PhD student in the INSIGHT group I enrolled on the IGNITE Eco System programme hoping to learn about the process of commercialization from an academic perspective. Personally I can say that this business orientation program is the best I have taken part in. The programme is structured very well and I highly recommend this programme to all researchers. Thanks to the TTO for their continued support.” Fiona Neary Ignite TTO said “Class of 2014 were a highly motivated group, we had lots in interaction and all participants were very eager to progress their technologies and ideas into the commercial world. Our aim is to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologies through programmes such as these. I wish them every success in their commercial pathway and look forward to seeing some significant research & business outcomes from the group.” For more information about the Ignite Technology Transfer Eco-System please visit our website on:

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Become a Scientist at NUI Galway’s First Bio EXPLORERS Science Holiday Camp

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Monday, 31 March 2014

NUI Galway’s School of Natural Sciences is now taking bookings for it first Easter break science camp running from 22-25 April 2014. The camps is open all young scientists aged between 8 and 13 years old and participants will get a chance to work as real scientists by performing and analysing experiments in a real research environment.  In the mornings, children will work with Dr Michel Dugon, the host of the RTÉ’s Bug Hunters. Activities will include discovering live local and exotic plant and animals, studying their habitats and understanding how they interact with their environment. In the afternoons, participants will gain an understanding of how cells make our body work. With the dynamic team of Cell EXPLORERS, they will run their own experiments such as building models, observing their own cells under small and large microscopes and extracting DNA from cells. Bio-EXPLORERS is run and supported by the School of Natural Sciences, one of the most research-active Schools at NUI Galway. Bio-EXPLORERS is composed of two science communication and public engagement programmes: Cell EXPLORERS directed by Dr Muriel Grenon and Eco-EXPLORERS directed by Dr Michel Dugon. The programme’s primary goal is to inspire interest in science in the general public and to impact positively on science education. It proposes activities that are designed to engage children in a hands-on way and stimulate their interest in exploring science-related themes. The programme has engaged thousands of children in the West of Ireland since its creation and was very active during the last Galway Science and Technology Festival. The ‘Fantastic DNA’ school visits and other Cell EXPLORERS activities are well known from primary school children in County Galway with the programme‘s volunteers, made of an enthusiastic mix of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff, engaging more than 2000 pupils, teachers and parents since September 2013. The programme received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to STEM’ award from the Galway Science and Technology Festival and will be representing Ireland at the next Malta Science festival in April. Since October 2013 Eco EXPLORERS has engaged thousands of children across the West of Ireland on topics related to ecology, biodiversity and zoology. Bug hunting and live exotic creepy crawlies (including reptiles, spiders or giant beetles) are at the core of the Eco Explorers experience. Activities are led by Bug Hunters host Dr Michel Dugon. Bug Hunters is a 15-episode TV series for RTÉ which has been selected to represent the television station at several prestigious media festivals including IFTA, Celtic Media Awards and Prix Jeunesse International. The camp will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm for four consecutive days. The full cost is €140 per pupil for this exciting course packed with fun and exciting activities. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The closing date for registration is Tuesday, 15 April. For further information on the camp or to register, visit  or email -Ends-      

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New Book on ‘Contemporary Housing Issues in a Globalized World’ presented to Minister Jan O’ Sullivan at NUI Galway

New Book on ‘Contemporary Housing Issues in a Globalized World’ presented to Minister Jan O’ Sullivan at NUI Galway  -image

Monday, 31 March 2014

Jan O’ Sullivan TD, Minister for Housing and Planning receives new book on housing and globalization, which examines major challenges and barriers to adequate and affordable housing, and developments in global housing finance. Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning was at NUI Galway this week to receive a copy of Contemporary Housing Issues in a Globalized World, edited by School of Law Lecturer, by Dr Padraic Kenna. The globalization of housing finance led to the global financial crisis, which has created new barriers to adequate and affordable housing. It presents major challenges for current housing law and policy, as well as for the development of housing rights. This book examines and discusses key contemporary housing issues in the context of today’s globalized housing systems. The book takes up the challenge of developing a new paradigm, working towards the possibility of an alternative future. Revolving around three themes of writing by diverse contributors, each chapter sets out a clear and developed approach to contemporary housing issues. The first major theme considers the crisis in mortgage market regulation, the development of mortgage securitization and comparisons between Spain and Ireland, two countries at the centre of the global housing market crisis. The second theme is housing rights within the architecture of European human rights, within national constitutions, and those arising from new international instruments, with their particular relevance for persons with disabilities and developing economies. The third theme incorporates an examination of responses to the decline and regeneration of inner cities, legal issues around squatting in developed economies, and changes in tenure patterns away from home-ownership. Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and of the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil said “The deregulation, liberalization and internationalization of finance have had major implications for housing and urban developments throughout the world. The ‘financialization’ of housing has been accompanied by the conceptual transformation of adequate housing from a social good into a commodity, and financial asset and housing markets are increasingly regulated so as to promote financial rather than social aspects of housing.” Ms Rolnik continued, “This book analyses how this process has impacted on violations of the right to adequate housing in different countries and regions. More than understanding the situation, the book offers alternatives and perspectives, crucial in the current housing crisis.” This topical book will be valuable to those who are interested in law, housing rights and human rights, policy-making and globalization. It is published by Ashgate (UK) and can be ordered here -Ends-

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