Below are some testimonials which were received by the Commercial Services Office. If you would like to submit a testimonial, please get in touch, as we welcome any feedback that you may have.
S.C.C.U.L Enterprise Awards, January 2014
"On behalf of SCCUL Enterprises Ltd. and St. Columba's Credit Union, we would like to thank you for your highly professional organisation of the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway for the SCCUL Enterprise Awards. Your venue was a very significant element to the success of this year's awards."
Padraig O' Callaghan
European Marine Biology Symposium, August 2013
"Last summer, we enjoyed a fabulous 48th European Marine Biology Symposium in Galway. The choice of location, the scientific topics, social events, and the organisation by the Conference Centre staff, all matched our wishes and satisfied our demands. The organisation was very professional and well suited within an adequate location that combined neatly a range of meeting rooms for different purposes - a spacious lecture hall, a hall with room for coffee breaks as well as the poster presentations, together allowing for an informal yet well-positioned setting for networking, and next to it a hall serving as a restaurant with perfect catering. From the start till the end of the symposium all elements fitted perfectly. The possibility of accommodation on campus in close proximity to the meeting hall also made our stay easy and comfortable. Along with the friendly atmosphere of the historic city-centre of Galway, which is near the venue too, it made the perfect combination for an international conference such as the EMBS. Therefore, we express our deep appreciation to the local organisers in the Martin Ryan Institute of NUI Galway, and the Conference Centre staff for organising such a first-rate symposium in a good atmosphere."
Prof.Dr. Herman Hummel
President of the EMBS
Masters in IR/HRM 10 Year Reunion Conference, November 2013
"We were very pleased with the management of this event. The set-up, tech support and food were excellent. The servers were wonderfully courteous. Everything that was promised was delivered and we could not have asked for more."
Programme Director, M.Sc in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management
Celtic Culture, September 2013
"We used the Aula Maxima facilities recently for a private recital catering to a high-end American Alumni Group visiting Galway. I could not praise the venue highly enough. Arrangements prior to the event and on the day were dealt with seamlessly by the team. We will be back!"
Managing Director, Celtic Culture
Legal Aid Board Family Law Conference, June 2013
"The Legal Aid Board held our Family Law Conference in NUI Galway in June, 2013. We had 170 delegates in attendance and we were extremely happy with all aspects of the conference. The facilities provided by the University were excellent, from the Bailey Allen Hall itself to the IT support provided both beforehand and on the day as well as the administrative back-up from the conference centre staff and the catering facilities. Any request to the conference centre staff was dealt with professionally and in a very friendly manner. The proximity of the University campus to Galway City Centre was also very useful and many attendees used the accommodation in Corrib Village which was very reasonably priced."
Asst. Director, Legal Aid Board
Coimbra Group Annual Conference, May 2013
"Beyond the academic and intellectual quality, the aesthetic and cultural embedded components promoted the Coimbra Event in Galway as an unique experience; of course, the people are special to make special events like this: thank you for all!"
Assoc. Prof. Ovidiu Gavrilovici, Ph.D.
University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iasi, Romania
23rd Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2013), January/February 2013
"The 23rd Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ2013) was held in NUI Galway from January 30th to February 1st 2013. Almost 300 delegates from all over Ireland were in attendance and we used the Bailey Allen Hall as the venue. The conference facilities in the Bailey Allen Hall are top class, and having the flexibility of designing the layout of the rooms was a bonus. The venue was very suitable for hosting several parallel sessions, and many of the conference delegates remarked about the high standard of the venue, and that nothing like it existed in their own institutions. Our corporate sponsors were very happy with the layout of the main hall and the amount of space provided to them. The Conference Office staff were excellent in ensuring that the venue looked its best on the days of the conference and dealt with Buildings Office staff on our behalf. They showed up in person at key times during the conference and were only a phone call away. During the planning stages of the conference they provided lots of very sensible advice and help, and their experience in event management is vast. We had very specific requirements for catering, requesting food that had all been sourced locally and produced sustainably, with minimum packaging. The Conference Office were very helpful ensuring that these needs were met, and the food was all served on time, was reasonably priced and of a very high standard. It was a pleasure dealing with Masterchef staff who kept us up to date and informed throughout the three days of the conference. Using the services of the Conference Office was essential for a group of this size. We sat down at the beginning of the process with them, and they helped with all stages of planning. The assistance from the staff in the Office was second to none. They thought of everything, and their friendly and professional manner made the conference organisation a pleasure. It was great to have such professional support. I would highly recommend their services, and would have no hesitation in using the Conference Office for all my future conference organisation."
Dr. Martina Prendergast
Strategic Development Manager, Ryan Institute
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programme, Summer 2013"My experience here in Galway has accounted for so many great memories that I'll have for the rest of my life. Part of the success of my program was largely due to the staff here at NUI Galway and Corrib Village. Everyone has been so accommodating and helpful. All of the interactions I've had with the staff have been positive and they are more than happy to help you. Thanks so much for making my time here so enjoyable!"
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programme Student
Anglican Chorale of Ottawa (ACO), August 2012
"Our 47-member choir thoroughly enjoyed our 5-day stay at Corrib village. The administration before and during our stay was excellent - responsive, supportive, and true to their word. The residence space is top tier. Comfortable, clean, quiet rooms, and the shared kitchen/living room space was great to have amongst every four apartments. We also enjoyed the "quad" area in-front of the building - a place for the group to stay in touch. The extras that we asked for - rehearsal space, a group dinner at the Campus Pub, a group dinner upon arrival - were taken care of perfectly. Who knew Ireland should be known for their cuisine? We also loved the university campus, Galway, and the surrounding area. Any group should have no reservations about staying at Corrib Village."
Anglican Chorale of Ottawa
MSC Galway Conference, July 2012
"In the summer of 2012 a conference was held in Galway on the topic of stem cell technology. It brought together an international grouping of experts from 5 continents to discuss recent research in stem cell therapy and the development of new treatments for patients. The venue was the Bailey Allen Conference Centre at NUI Galway and management of the conference was in the hands of the NUI Galway Conference and Catering Office, led by Patricia Walsh and assisted by Olivia McBride and Rory O’Toole.
I have to say that the success of the conference was due in no small part to the excellent environment provided at NUI Galway. The conference facilities were superb. Every aspect of the venue – registration desk, seating, audiovisual services, speaker-ready room - was professional, polished and well managed. It turned out to be a truly excellent location.
Catering, which included coffee breaks and hot lunches, was seamlessly organized and on time and the food was excellent. The conference banquet, held in the Aula Maxima, was very special, with a superb four-course dinner provided by Masterchef and a memorable night of music with Frankie Gavin and Friends.
Conference management was efficient, proactive and professional. It was clear that the office has a great deal of experience in event management and in the organization of large venues.
The jewel in the crown, for this international conference venue, was the city of Galway. Visiting Galway and the west of Ireland was a magical experience for all the overseas delegates. They enjoyed the music, the nightlife, the wonderful ambience of Galway, and of course the events associated with the Volvo Ocean Race Finale. I have received letters from delegates from all corners of the planet, NUI Galway as a conference venue and Galway City as an incomparable destination."
Prof Frank Barry
Director, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), NUI Galway
Irish Flow Cytometry Conference, November 2012
"We've found a huge level of professionalism in all the event, from the registration, website, display, catering, AV, printing... everything was more than perfect. .........A huge amount of the success of our meeting was due to the organisation... companies and participants were delighted with everything... Extremely good and extremely efficient! Congratulations!"
Alfonso Blanco, Director of Flow Cytometry, University College Dublin
RCNI International Conference, November 2012
"The venue worked really well for us and we were very happy with it and would use again. The catering team were also excellent and it was helpful to have dedicated staff member available to us on the day..... overall our experience of the venue and delegate feedback was really positive...."
Clíona Saidléar, Policy & Communications Director, RCNI
Umbro Galway Cup, August 2012
"I just want to thank you and all the management & staff in the Corrib Village, Gort & in An Bhialann restaurant for all their help during the tournament. As usual they put in a huge effort and this played a vital part in another successful tournament. The feedback we received from the teams was very positive especially on the quality of the food......."
Denis Burke, Tournament Director, Umbro Galway Cup
Hot Topics in Biomedical Science Research, June 2012
"The feedback from attendees and from our visiting faculty was overwhelmingly positive.....Based on our experience, I will have no hesitation in enthusiastically recommending the NUI Galway Conference Office to colleagues for similar event organisation and will definitely be using their services myself in the future."
Prof. Matthew Griffin, Regenerative Medicine Institute, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
iHCI 2012: Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference, June 2012
"The conference was a great success, which was due in significant part to the tremendous support, advice and resources we received throughout the entire process from the Conference Office, NUI Galway....."
Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway
The Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe Conference, April 2012
"We successfully hosted an international housing conference in April 2012, Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe, involving over 150 academics, researchers, presenters and participants. The success and smooth flow of the event can be attributed in no small part to the dedication and professional expertise of the Conference Office at NUI Galway. .......The dedicated webpage where participants could register and pay on-line was invaluable. I would strongly recommend that anyone organizing a conference in Galway avail of the professional and personable services of the conference office."
Dr Padraic Kenna, Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway
Diabetic Foot Management Conference, March 2012
"In March 2012 NUI Galway hosted the premier Diabetic Foot Management Conference in Ireland. ...... The conference office in NUI Galway were exceptionally helpful and provided the conference website to facilitate bookings and registration. The event ran seamlessly and exceeded all our expectations! The staff in the conference office were very professional and their project management skills are excellent."
Karen Fahy, National CPD Officer for Podiatry
China Ireland Relations Conference, March 2012
"In March 2012 NUI Galway hosted the inaugural China Ireland Relations Conference with over 120 delegates in attendance including government officials and dignitaries from China. The conference was a great success and the Committee was very happy with the conference facilities, IT support and catering in NUI Galway. In addition, the support offered by staff from the Conference Office in the build up to and during the event was very helpful. I am delighted to recommend NUI Galway as a venue for future conferences."
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, Chairperson, China Ireland Relations Committee
Peace Proms, February 2012
"The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland held “ Peace Proms 2012” in NUI Galway on the 4th and 5th February 2012. “Peace Proms” is a monumental choral and orchestral production involving a choir of 450 children and a 110 member orchestra along with soloists, and Drum and Piping Corps . The venue comfortably catered for a capacity audience along with the full complement of musicians. From the early planning stages until the final curtain, we found the staff at NUI Galway to be extremely helpful. From technical set up, to catering, car parking, crowd management and health and safety, they ensured the seamless organisation of our event. Huge thanks from everyone in the CBOI to Patricia, Barry, Laura and all the staff in Conferencing and the Kind Fisher. We look forward to our return."
Sharon Treacy-Dunne, Founding Director, The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland