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NUIG announces 5 Alumni Award winners

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2014 Alumni Awards.

The 5 recipients will be presented with their awards at a gala banquet at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus on Saturday March 1st.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the university’s 80 thousand graduates worldwide.

The Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies will be presented to Norah Gibbons, Chairperson of the Child and Family Agency.

Norah graduated from UCG with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and Higher Diploma in Education in 1974.

She worked for many years in social work in both statutory and voluntary sectors in the U.K and Ireland and also chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry in 2009 and is a member of the Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland.

The Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law goes to Helen Ryan, Former CEO and Non-Executive Director of Creganna-Tactx (pron: TACT-EX) Medical.

In 2005, Helen was appointed Chief Executive of Creganna and steered the company through continued year-on-year growth.

A qualified civil engineer, Helen Ryan is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and has served as a Director of Molecular Medicine Ireland.

The NUIG Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics goes to Michael McNicholas, CEO of Bord Gáis.

Michael graduated from UCG in 1982 with a BE in Civil Engineering and has 30 years experience in energy and in delivering major infrastructure projects in Ireland.

The Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Science goes to Ray Dolan, Professor of Neuropsychology, University College London and Head of the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at the Institute of Neurology, London.

Ray obtained his primary medical degree from UCG in 1977 and then trained as a psychiatrist in London.

In his research career, he was one of the pioneers in using functional neuroimaging techniques to study human cognition and is the author of over 440 peer reviewed publications.

The Alumni Award for Science goes to Professor Gerald Jennings, Emeritus Professor, School of Physics NUIG and former Director of the Environmental Change Institute NUIG.

Professor Jennings has previously been a research council fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Colorado in the United States.

All 5 Alumni Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Bailey Allen Hall NUIG on March 1st.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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