NUI Galway Hosts Public Forum to Further Raise the Bar and take University Sports to the Next Level

Jun 17 2014 Posted: 11:57 IST

NUI Galway invites alumni, friends and the public to join sporting leaders at the University to help to inform the role of sport in the University’s Strategic Plan

NUI Galway is hosting a forum on sport as part of the University’s engagement process with alumni and the public to help to inform its forthcoming strategic plan. The forum follows the recent announcements of bonus CAO points for Elite Athletes and NUI Galway’s sporting, academic and research partnership with Connacht Rugby.

NUI Galway, in association with the University’s Alumni Board, is pleased to welcome regional, national and international leaders in sport to the forum;


·         Gary Keegan: Director, Irish Institute of Sport

·         Neasa Folan: English Institute of Sport, Coach Team GB Rowing 2012

·         Prof Eamon O'Shea: Tipperary Senior Hurling Team Manager

·         Olive Loughnane: Olympic Athlete and World Silver Medallist

·         Kathy Hynes: Development Officer for Clubs and Participation, NUI Galway

·         Ollie Daniels: Chairman, Salthill Devon FC

·         Nigel Carolan: Manager Connacht Rugby Academy

·         Ray Silke: Galway All-Ireland winning football captain

The forum will be held in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway on Saturday 28 June from 10am-1pm and will be moderated by Caroline Murphy, Board member, Campus Stadium Ireland and former senior TV producer, RTÉ Sport.

Topics to be addressed include; achieving sporting excellence, engagement with national sporting bodies, research in action; using scientific expertise and research to benefit athletes and sportspeople, attracting and meeting the physical, structural and academic needs of high performers.

Chairman of NUI Galway Alumni Association, Sean O'Rourke, said: "NUI Galway has a fine tradition of achievement across many sports. Its students and graduates have frequently excelled, as they did in numbers with the All Ireland winning Clare hurlers last year, or as they've done down the years at prestigious Rowing events like the annual Henley Regatta.

He added “In recent years, a magnificent new sports centre has been opened in the middle of the campus and the latest addition to facilities is new all-weather multi-sport pitch at Dangan. This public forum featuring a wonderful range of speakers such as Gary Keegan, Director of the Institute of Sport and Neasa Folan Team GB 2012 Coach, will help to answer how best to make the most of such resources.”

The RTÉ Broadcaster concluded by saying “This is an opportunity for stakeholders, participants and anyone interested in the development of sport in the University and in the west of Ireland to contribute to this hugely important area.”

Those interested in attending are asked to register beforehand at or telephone the NUI Galway Alumni Office on  091 493750.


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