Alumni Links April 2021

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

We are delighted to share with you our latest podcast with Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and Communication in conversation with General Assembly Ambassador Michéal Tierney, Irish Ambassador to the Security Council, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of Ireland’s Defence Forces, Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director of NUI Galway’s Centre for Human Rights and John Concannon, Director General Global Ireland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on NUI Galway’s alumni role in strengthening global peace and security. Listen.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

As one of our most prominent alumni celebrated his 80th birthday last week, we were delighted to join in the well wishes to Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins.Watch Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway, extend his congratulations. 'We are very proud of you – as a former student of ours, as a former staff member of ours, and as a friend of ours always. Congratulations. You are always in our hearts here in Galway and in NUI Galway'Watch 'Ómós - Michael D @ 80' featuring many NUI Galway alumni including Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Tolü Makay, Garry Hynes and Rita Ann Higgins. 

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Liverpool captain and NUI Galway graduate Niamh Fahey continues to make waves in England as a professional footballer having been named Liverpool captain last year. The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Bordeaux star grew up in Kilannin, Galway, where GAA was a way of life. "The biggest influence when I was younger was obviously my brothers. Coming from a real, strong GAA parish as well, football is the main sport that was played," Watch Niamh as she speaks to Grainne McElwain last year about her Gaelic football background and hopes for the future with Liverpool FC.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Kerby A. Miller is the foremost historian of Irish emigration to North America. Emigrants and Exiles (Oxford, 1985), drew heavily on Irish emigrants’ own words, most especially letters that were sent home to Ireland from the late 1600s through the mid-1900s. Miller found these letters in archives and libraries and issued an appeal asking people to send him letters received from the US and Canada. The result is an extraordinary archive that is of immense value not only to historians, of both North America and Ireland, but also genealogists. In 2020, Kerby and his wife Patricia donated this archive to NUI Galway, where the Hardiman Library, Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies, and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta are working to develop into an online database; appropriately, much of the work on the database will be undertaken in the University’s centres, in Connemara and west Donegal, districts long decimated by emigration. More

Thursday, 29 April 2021

A selection of NUI Galway Alumni who have featured in the media in recent weeks, Pre-pandemic Ex Ordo provided software for academics around the world to help them present their papers at conferences. Paul Killoran, BE Graduate and CEO & Founder of Ex Ordo, shares his story of struggles and successes over the past year...more Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett (PhD, 2009) on a year of fighting Covid-19...more Comhghairdeas to Peter Mulrooney, CEO, Aran Biomedical on the announcement of 150 jobs at the company as part of a major expansion programme. Aran Biomedical designs and manufactures implantable devices at its facility in An Spidéal in Co Galway and is a client company of Údarás na Gaeltachta, which works to promote investment in Gaeltacht areas...more Congratulations to John Cronin, BE Graduate, who was elected President of Athletics Ireland. John competed for UCG Athletics club and represented the University in four intervarsity cross country and Track and Field Champioships from 1979-1982 and was a member of the gold medal cross country squad in 1979.... more Best wishes to NUI Galway graduate and CEO of the Western Development Commission, Tomás Ó Síocháin and his team, as WesternJobs.ie, a platform to positively enforce relocation to the West of Ireland for equal job opportunities is launched.....more Bits, Bytes & Banter. EP 18: What's moving quicker than Technology? Listen to Professor John Breslin, NUI Galway Graduate and Professor in the College of Science and Engineering, NUI Galway, Co-Founder of Boards.ie, Adverts.ie and recent co-author of 'Old Ireland In Colour' talk to Garry Connolly about his journey so far....more

Thursday, 29 April 2021

While this year publishers' schedules are still being disrupted by the pandemic, it is always worthwhile to catchup on some amazing recent fiction from NUI Galway graduates. Ryan Denis, who completed an MA in Writing and PhD at NUI Galway, published his debut novel, The Beasts they Turned Away, with Epoque Press. E.M. Reapy followed up her first book, Red Dirt with the well received novel, 'Skin'. More Finally, Nuala O'Connor has gone on to great success. Her new novel Nora: a Love Story of Nora and James Joyce has just been published

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Ireland’s first free tax clinic has been set up in NUI Galway to educate students about their entitlements, obligations and how to manage their tax affairs.  The pioneering initiative will see tax students in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics work in partnership with teaching staff and professional, external tax advisors in providing an online and confidential service. The NUI Galway Tax Clinic is being established initially to assist the University’s students, with a view to extending its services to community groups which are unable to access or afford tax information.  The service will run for at least six weeks at first, offering practical tax information and support to students with tax concerns and queries arising from a change in their circumstances, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Emer Mulligan, Director of the clinic and Personal Professor in Taxation and Finance at NUI Galway, said: “The backdrop to this clinic is justice. It’s about helping under-represented people.  “The focus of the clinic is tax education and through that we will help a number of people who would not have realised they had an entitlement to certain tax credits and potentially a tax refund, as well as others whose credits were not allocated correctly, or have multiple jobs or were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). “Our mission is to inform and support marginalised citizens in their tax compliance in a free and confidential setting. Plans are underway to extend the service to marginalised community groups in the Galway region.”  A pilot tax clinic was trialled in NUI Galway last year where around 60 students received personal tax information and support. A number of external tax advisors were involved in running the pilot, with PwC one of the first to come on board. Florita Dolly, PwC Tax Advisor, said: “This exciting new initiative seeks to make taxpayer assistance more accessible and available to marginalised communities and the wider student population. PwC Galway are delighted to be supporting this initiative.” The NUI Galway Tax Clinic will also see students earn valuable real-world experience working with professional advisors, including some NUI Galway alumni who are working on a pro bono basis.  Students seeking advice at the clinic will be asked to consider if they are aware of tax credits they are entitled to, including for tuition fees, flat rate allowances, medical expenses, or being a single parent or home carer. It also asks if they have been employed in the previous four years, if they work multiple jobs, if they received the PUP and know how it is taxed and if they are planning to go overseas. Professor Mulligan was inspired to set up the country’s first tax clinic after learning of the success of initiatives in the USA and Australia where they have expanded and secured support from tax authorities with most of the clinics affiliated with academic institutions.  Alumni Tax advisors who want to support the initiative and students seeking support can visit nuigalway.ie/taxclinic or email Dr Maggie O’Neill, Tax Clinic Coordinator taxclinic@nuigalway.ie

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Following feedback from the first survey in 2020 the researchers have produced a ‘Helping Hedgehogs’ information leaflet Researchers from NUI Galway and the National Biodiversity Data Centre are once again calling on citizen scientists to help to record data and movements of the humble hedgehog. This year, the researchers have planned a more involved hedgehog survey with volunteers invited to conduct assessments in their local area between May and September. The methodology follows that developed by the Mammal Society of the UK, which uses footprint tunnels to determine if hedgehogs are present in various habitats. Researchers are asking volunteers to place ten footprint tunnels, a small tunnel made from corrugated plastic containing two sheets of paper and ink in the centre to capture the footprints of the hedgehogs, within a 1 kilometre square area for five nights and check them each morning for signs of hedgehogs. The Irish Hedgehog Survey was launched in the summer of 2020 with members of the public asked to submit records of hedgehog sightings online. The response to the survey saw over 2,000 hedgehog sightings reported for the year from all over Ireland, with many reporting hedgehogs regularly visiting their gardens through the summer. Researchers also received many requests for information on how to attract hedgehogs into the garden or help a sick or injured animal so they have produced an informative leaflet called ‘Helping Hedgehogs’ with tips for making your garden more hedgehog friendly. The leaflet is available to view, download and print from the project website https://www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com/helping-hedgehogs. The Irish Hedgehog Survey forms part of the research of PhD candidate Elaine O’Riordan from Zoology, School of Natural Science, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway, who said: “The aim of the survey is to provide information on the types of habitats where hedgehogs occur, and where they don’t. We are hopeful that a lot of volunteers will get involved and survey different types of habitats in urban and rural areas. We are delighted with the response to the Hedgehog Survey so far. People seem very interested in hedgehogs and care about them very much.” “We are very pleased to have teamed up with project partners from the county councils of Galway, Kilkenny Roscommon, Mayo, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Dublin City as well as the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ulster Wildlife Trust and Cork Nature Network. With their support we hope to train and mobilise teams of volunteers in these areas.” This survey would be suitable for interested individuals, local wildlife or conservation groups and community and youth groups. Participants are welcome from all over Ireland. Volunteering workshops will be available online in early summer 2021 with more information on the survey, instructions, and equipment needed to carry out the project. There will also be live training events facilitated with the Hedgehog Survey project partners. Full details of dates and locations of the volunteer workshops will be available on the project website https://www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com/. For further information on the project, training, or survey news, please email irishhedgehogsurvey@gmail.com.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Thursday, April 29th: Irish Sean-Nós Singers in 19th Century Pennsylvania: the Rev. Daniel J. Murphy Archive. Dr. Deirdre Ní Chonghaile shares the story of Rev. Daniel J. Murphy from Sligo and J.J. Lyons from Galway, who transcribed over 1,200 sean-nós songs from Irish speakers in Philadelphia and the anthracite region of Northeastern Pennsylvania from 1884 to the 1920s. This event is part of "The Ambassador's Hour" series, a collaboration with the American Conference of Irish Studies (ACIS) to profile important new work by Irish studies scholars in the United States. REGISTER Thursday, April 29th: Irish Voices: Global Perspectives #6: Join Kenneth Deery, CEO Galway Chambers as he chats with Seamus Kavanagh, NUI Galway Graduate and Galway University Foundation Board Member about his career with Hollister Incorporated focusing on Corporate Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, which brought him and his family from Swinford to Chicago...from 7pm. REGISTER Wednesday, May 5th: Join us for an interactive workshop Creating a Global Student Experience focussing on the future student experience at NUI Galway and how we can make that experience more global for all our students. We would welcome feedback and your reflections as alumni from 3pm-4.30pm GMT. Please check for different time zones. REGISTER Saturday, May 8th: NUI Galway Undergraduate Virtual Open Day from 11am-4pm. REGISTER  Monday, 17th - 21st May: Join the AtlanTec Festival to hear from leading experts on Emerging Tech, Future of Work, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Cloud AI & Wellness with a superb 5 days, 40 events and over 60 speakers. REGISTER  

Thursday, 29 April 2021

NUI Galway is a University with great ambition. Our Strategy 2020-2025 reaffirms a commitment to our public role as a university of our region and for our world. We have initiated a planning exercise that seeks input from a broad cross section of our University community, including our valued alumni. Please take a moment to read our background document (within the survey link), which will remain open until this Friday, April 30th. Alumni Survey 2021

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Are you from the Class of 1970 or 1971? We are looking for volunteers to extend their good wishes to fellow classmates on video. While we are unable to celebrate this event together due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can still mark this special milestone of 50 and 51 years since your graduation. We will be contact with you via email or post over the coming weeks but in the meantime to offer your assistance, please contact us

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Update Your Details We hope you received your copy of Cois Coiribe - a magazine for alumni, staff and friends of NUI Galway. If you have moved house, update your address to receive a copy to your door...more