Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Event to Discuss How Society Can Slow Down the Rise of Superbugs

NUI Galway’s Centre for One Health will host a free public event, ‘Resistance Rebellion – The Rise of Superbugs’ on Monday, 18 November at 7pm in the Orbsen Building at NUI Galway. The event coincides with European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Antibiotic resistant bacteria, often called “superbugs” are appearing and spreading all over the world. These mutant bacteria grow and spread quickly because of choices people make about the use of antibiotics, such as using antibiotics when they are not needed, and the control of spread of infection. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health. It is estimated that by 2050, 10 million deaths per year will be due to antibiotic resistant infections unless the world takes action now (according to the Review of Antimicrobial Resistance commissioned by the UK government in July 2014). Society has a role to play in making sure antibiotics are used in the right way to secure their use for our children and our grandchildren. Dr Dearbháile Morris, Co-Director of the Ryan Institute Centre for One Health and Head of Discipline of Bacteriology, School of Medicine, NUI Galway, says: “European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a reminder of how much the discovery of antibiotics has helped us all to live longer and healthier lives, but also of how much is at stake if we do not act to safeguard antibiotics. If we do not have antibiotics that work, certain types of surgery and cancer treatments will become almost impossible to perform safely. We can safeguard antibiotics by making sure we only use them when we need them, by making sure we complete the dose as directed by the doctor, by not sharing antibiotics with others and by making sure we bring back any unused antibiotics to the pharmacy for correct disposal.” The free event will give everyone the opportunity to meet and discuss with experts what society can do to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance. Speakers include NUI Galway’s Professor Martin Cormican, HSE National Clinical Lead on Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control and Ms Caroline Garvan, Superintending Veterinary Inspector in the Antimicrobial Resistance division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. Professor Cormican and Ms Garvan will talk about how antibiotics are becoming less useful in both human and veterinary medicine and will highlight the One Health concept, which recognises that human health is linked to the health of animals and the environment that humans share with them. To register for this free event please click here. For further details, contact Dr Dearbháile Morris at dearbhaile.morris@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tá sraith léachtaí ar siúil ag Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Díríonn an tsraith seo ar Ollúna nua-cheaptha an Choláiste agus leanfar di le léacht ón Ollamh Pearsanta, Lillis Ó Laoire ar an Déardaoin 28 Samhain, ag 5.00p.m. in Institiúid de Móra, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (G010). Ina chaint dar teideal, Ó Turgenev go Toraigh: Taighde ar thraidisiúin amhránaíochta na Gaeilge, pléifidh an tOllamh Ó Laoire torthaí a chuid taighde ceannródaíoch ar amhránaíocht na Gaeilge le tríocha bliain anuas in Éirinn. Léiríonn an scéal ‘Ceoltóirí,’ ón chnuasach Scéalta Sealgaire,comórtas idir bheirt amhránaithe, ina ndéantar cur síos ar bhuanna na beirte iomaitheoirí. Is scéal cumhachtach rúndiamhrach é agus tugtar léargas máistriúil ann ar thréithe an taibhléirithe san amhránaíocht. Nochtar ann chomh maith an  nasc idir amhráin agus spiorad an náisiúin. Tugtar léargas cosúil leis sin i scéal Phádraig Mhic Phiarais, ‘Bríd na nAmhrán.’ Agus an dá scéal seo mar phointí tagartha aige, pléifidh an tOllamh Ó Laoire cúlra agus comhthéacs a chuid taighde ar an amhránaíocht. Beidh trácht aige ar Thoraigh agus ar Sheosamh Ó hÉanaí chomh maith. Mar is cuí ar an ócáid, agus sa dea-chleachtas inchuimsitheach is fearr a léiríonn spiorad an dátheangachais in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, tabharfar an léacht i nGaeilge agus cuirfear aistriúchán comhuaineach Béarla ar fáil. Dúirt an Dr Seán Crosson, An Leas-Déan Taighde i gColáiste na nDán na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, an méid seo: “Cúis áthais dúinn leanúint leis an tsraith léachtaí poiblí seo. Tugann sí deis iontach don Ollscoil an pobal mór a chur ar an eolas faoin taighde nuálach ceannródaíoch ar ardchaighdeán atá siúl san Ollscoil. Is é an tOllamh Ó Laoire an t-ochtú cainteoir sa tsraith. Go dtí seo tugadh léachtaí ar an mbeartas sóisialta, ar an oideachas, ar an smaointeoireacht pholaitiúil, ar theiripithe ar líne, ar an stair agus ar shíceolaíocht na hiompraíochta. Is onóir mhór í deis a thabhairt don Ollamh Ó Laoire labhairt mar chuid den tsraith seo. Is scoláire agus duine d’amhránaithe móra comhaimseartha na hÉireann é, fear a roinn a thuiscint ar thábhacht an tseanchais bhéil agus na n-amhrán go fial fairsing le blianta, trína chuid taighde agus trína chleachtas.” -Críoch-

Thursday, 7 November 2019

A lecture series at the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway featuring new Professors in the College will continue with Personal Professor in Irish, Professor Lillis Ó Laoire, on Thursday, 28 November at 5pm, in the Moore Institute NUI Galway (GO10). In his talk titled ‘Ó Turgenev go Toraigh: Taighde ar thraidisiúin amhránaíochta na Gaeilge’ (From Turgenev to Tory: Research on Irish-language song traditions), Professor Ó Laoire will share findings from his ground-breaking research over the past thirty years of the song tradition in Ireland. The story ‘Singers’ by Turgenev from the collection Hunters Tales portrays a competition between two singers, giving a description of the abilities of each competitor. It is a powerful, mysterious story and is a masterful presentation of  the characteristics of song performance. The connection between song and the spirit of a nation is also made. A similar portrayal is found in P. H. Pearse’s story ‘Bríd na nAmhrán.’ Taking these two narratives as reference points, Professor Ó Laoire will discuss his research into song taking in background and context; his field work in Tory Island and the work of Joe Heaney will also feature. As befits the occasion, and in NUI Galway’s best spirit of inclusive bilingualism, the lecture will be delivered in Irish, with simultaneous translation into English. Dr Seán Crosson, Vice-Dean for Research in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to continue this lecture series which provides a great opportunity for the University to make the general public more aware of the world-leading innovative research being undertaken in the college. This is the eighth speaker in the series which has featured contributions to date in the areas of social policy, education, political thought, online therapies, language transmission, historical research, and behavioural psychology. It is a great honour to now feature Professor Ó Laoire in the series, an academic who in his research, publications, and practice as one of Ireland’s finest contemporary sean-nós singers, has brought a deeper appreciation and understanding of the value and significance of our oral traditions to both the academic community and the wider public.” -Ends-

Thursday, 7 November 2019

NUI Galway will officially launch the archive of Siobhán McKenna, commencing a day of celebration of the eminent career of the actress and director, including a symposium and exhibition on Friday, 15 November. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will attend as Guest of Honour along with members of McKenna’s family, her great friend Margaret McCurtain along with respected theatre figures, Garry Hynes and Lian Bell. Following the deposit of her papers in NUI Galway in 2012, the James Hardiman Library will officially open the Siobhán McKenna archive to scholars and the public. Siobhán McKenna (1922-1986) was an internationally renowned actress and director. Born in Belfast, she moved early in life to Galway when her father became a lecturer and subsequently professor at University College Galway. She graduated with first-class honours from the University in 1943. Her acting career had already commenced while she was a student, including lead roles at the Taibhdhearc before joining the Abbey Theatre following her graduation. Her subsequent international career included acclaimed performances in London, Paris and New York. She became the first Irish actor to win a Tony award in 1956. Following her return to Ireland in 1960 she took on director as well as acting roles in Ireland and internationally, directing 15 plays in the 1970s. Despite failing health from the late 1970s onwards she continued to act until the year of her death, 1986, her final role being that of Mommo in Tom Murphy’s play Bailegangaire, performed at Druid Theatre and subsequently in London and Dublin. She was a member of the Council of State between 1975 and 1986 and was also a human rights activist, campaigning against apartheid in particular. The James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway holds the Siobhán McKenna Archive. The collection consists of 55 boxes of material in paper and audio-visuals, covering all aspects of her life and career, as well as material relating to her family and friends. Highlights include material relating to over 77 different productions she was involved in, including scripts, correspondence, photographs and press cuttings. The productions span a number of companies, and the geographical spread includes Ireland, England, Europe, the United States and Australia. Her television and film roles are also featured. There is material relating to her writing and political activism, including Northern Ireland issues and the anti-apartheid movement, along with research notes and copies of a range of talks at festivals, book launches and other events. The collection was donated to NUI Galway through the generosity of her son Donnacha O’Dea, as well as the good offices of Margaret MacCurtain, and Siobhán McKenna’s manager from the 1970s onwards, Johnny Hippisley. The catalogue of the archive is at https://tinyurl.com/yylzlnsl.   The University holds a number of closely-related collections including those of Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the Druid and Lyric Players Theatres, playwright Tom Kilroy, actor Arthur Shields and, in digital format, the Abbey and Gate Theatres. These collections reflect NUI Galway’s position as a leading centre for research and teaching in theatre and drama. The launch of the archive in the O’ Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance will be followed by a symposium titled ‘Celebrating Siobhán McKenna’. The symposium includes a panel discussion on ‘Women Theatre-makers Now!’ which will discuss the position of women theatre-makers four years after the Waking the Feminists campaign was started to advocate for equality for women theatre-makers. Panelists will include Lian Bell (Waking the Feminists), Ionia Ní Chroinín (Moonfish Theatre Company) and Dr Tanya Dean (Technical University of Dublin and co-author of the Gender Counts report). Lelia Doolan and historian Dr Margaret McCurtain will be in conversation remembering the life of Siobhán McKenna followed by an interview with Garry Hynes on her recollections of working with Siobhán, while Professor Lionel Pilkington will deliver a lecture on McKenna’s acting and activism. The symposium will draw to a close with a short performance of a devised work-in-progress piece in the Irish language inspired by McKenna’s archival materials and performed by students of the BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway. President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “Siobhán McKenna is one of Ireland’s great cultural icons. It is a huge honour for NUI Galway to hold such an extraordinary collection of her excellence and high standards. Siobhan’s archives is a significant resource now open to all of our students and staff to enjoy, and of course the wider public globally. It is especially fitting and respectful that her archives are held in our University given her close ties as a graduate of this University and that of her father who was as a teaching professor here, which led to Siobhán’s long-term association with Galway’s rich cultural heritage and her extraordinary acting career.” Dr Ian Walsh, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway commented: “Siobhán McKenna is an inspirational figure for students at NUI Galway not only through her extraordinary achievements as an actress of international renown but also in her political activism, commitment to the Irish language and her leadership of artistic projects. McKenna was a theatre-maker before that term had been established and it is fitting that in the symposium that celebrates the launch of this archive that we have a panel discussion on where women theatre-makers are now, four years after the Waking the Feminists campaign. The archive will no doubt lead to new exciting research on McKenna’s many achievements and it has already led to the creation of a new work in the Irish language by students of the BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance on the life and legacy of Siobhán McKenna. I am greatly looking forward to seeing this work-in-progress at the symposium.” John Cox, University Librarian at NUI Galway, said: “The Siobhán McKenna archive is an invaluable addition to our collection of theatre archives. It will provide many insights into her eminent career and we are delighted to open it for research and teaching, helping to ensure the continuation of her lasting legacy for Irish and international theatre.” For more information about the Siobhán McKenna Symposium contact, ian.walsh@nuigalway and for more details about the event, visit: https://bit.ly/2MPqt1P -Ends-

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