NUI Galway (Irish OE Gaillimh ) is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Ireland’s western city of Galway. A tertiary-level educational institution, it ranks among the top 2 percent of universities in the world. [2]

The University was founded in 1845 as Queen’s College, Galway , and more recently known as University College, Galway ( UCG ) (Irish: Coláiste na hOllscoile, Gaillimh or COG ) .Alumni include the incumbent Prime Minister and the President of Ireland, Enda Kenny and Michael D. Higgins, respectively as well as many other prominent politicians. Other senior figures in Irish official life have trained here include Attorney General Máire Whelan and the Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy.

NUI Galway is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of 40 long-established European universities.


The university was opened for teaching in 1849 as Queen’s College, Galway with 37 professors and 91 students. A year later became part of the Queen’s University of Ireland .The Irish Universities Act (1908) made this college a constituent college of the new National University of Ireland, and under a new statute name of the university was changed to University College, Galway . It was given special statutory responsibility under the College, Galway Act (1929) with respect to the use of the Irish language as a working language of the college. It retained the title of University College, Galway Universities Act (1997) changed it to the National University of Ireland, Galway . [ Citation needed ]

Located near downtown, stretching along the River Corrib. The oldest part of the university, the Quadrangle building with its Aula Maxima was designed by John Benjamin Keane; There is a copy of Christchurch, one of the colleges at Oxford University. The stone which it is built was transferred locally. [ Citation needed ]

More modern parts of the university sprang up in the 1970s and designed by architects Scott Tallon Walker. In the 1990s also significant developments, including the conversion of an old munitions factory in a student center.Developments 21st century include a state-of-the-art University Sports Centre (Ionad Spóirt), Áras Moyola, a new Health Science Building, Cairnes School of Business and Public Policy, the new Engineering Building, BioSciences Research Building and Life Course Institute and newly opened Lambe Institute. A new Human Biology Building is under construction in the current situation. [3] The highly toxic substance asbestos was removed from the campus on 13 occasions between March 2010 and June 2014. [4]

Fine Gael’s youth wing took a grip on the university in 1973 under Liam Cosgrave-led Fine Gael / Labour coalition government with Enda Kenny and Madeleine Taylor Quinn among those behind the establishment there. [5]

Nelson Mandela made a memorable appearance at the university in 2003. It was his last visit to Ireland, Mandela condemned US foreign policy and an honorary doctorate from NUI Chancellor Garret FitzGerald. [6]

In 2008, Éamon Ó CUÍV allegedly involved in a brawl with a protesting student because of the university. [7] Ó CUÍV the Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Minister at the time and would go on to become deputy leader of Fianna Fáil. [ Citation needed ]

In 2009, former Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was forced to flee a public discussion in NUI Galway after being jostled by students who oppose the proposed reintroduction of college fees. [8] Shortly thereafter announced the university’s withdrawal of support for the student union -run RAG week.Student Union President said she did not think the decision was justified, with more than € 20,000 has been raised for charity in 2009. [9]

NUI Galway has also announced details of plans to make the university a “campus of the future” at a cost of approximately € 400 million. [10] Data on the future plans of the University also shows a Human Biology building which will include Anatomy, Physiology and other human sciences fields. [11]It formed a strategic alliance medUniversity of Limerick in 2010, which allows for shared resources. It launched its strategic plan “Vision 2020” (for the period 2015-2020) in 2015.


Like the other constituent universities of the National University of Ireland, is the university common college structure. The Five Colleges of the University are:

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
  • College of Business, Public Policy and Law
  • College of Engineering and Informatics
  • College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Science [ citation needed ]

Since January 2006 the St. Angela College, Sligo has a college of the National University of Ireland, Galway; It was formerly a recognized college of the National University of Ireland. Students in St. Angela College, Sligo are registered as students at the National University of Ireland, Galway. [12]degrees awarded are from the National University of Ireland. [13]

Since 2015 Shannon College of Hotel Management is fully incorporated into the university. [14] Shannon College of Hotel Management is now part of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway. This integration formally marked by Minister of Education and competence in January O’Sullivan TD at a ceremony in Shannon College November 9, 2015. All staff in Shannon College of Hotel Management is now Staff NUI Galway and all students in the Shannon College of Hotel Management students in NUI Galway. [15]


Opening schools in the affected schools are:

  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Geography and Archaeology
  • School of Health
  • Department of Humanities
  • School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • School of Law
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics
  • School of Medicine
  • Department of Science
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Physics
  • School of Political Science and Sociology
  • Department of Psychology


Galway University Foundation (GUF) was established in 1998 with the aim of generating financial support from individuals and institutions for NUI Galway. It nurture relationships with donors to the NUI Galway approach to education appeals. The newly built [ when? ] Life Course Institute, within this building GUF has many priority projects under development. [16]

student Life

NUI Galway has more than 110 active communities and more than 50 sports clubs. Five types of input society exists: Debate policy; Artistic & Performing; Social & Gaming; Religious & Socially conscious; Academic.[17]

The oldest community on campus is the Literary and Debating Society, which was founded in 1846. Another of the campus’s oldest communities is (appropriately enough) devoted to the subject’s history, Cumann Staire (or History Society). It is a leading member of Comhaltas na gCumann Staire – Irish History Students’ Association and international students in History Association. A distinguished and influential community NUIG’s “Dram Soc” (Drama Society), which played a role in the formation of the Druid Theatre Company, Macnas and the Galway Arts Festival. [18]

Film Society produces original films and founded NUI Galway Student Cinema; one of the most popular meeting places for students with several movies per week. Computer Society (one of the oldest Computer Societies in the country) is worth all the other communities, e-mail and Web pages, and has one of the largest membership. Style Society, a part of the international family of Rotary, hosted the annual charity fashion show. Rubbers, pulling University Musical Society crowds to their annual musicals in Dubhlann / Black Box Theatre. [ Citation needed ]

The Christians and LGBT communities have recently engaged in a fierce rivalry and were involved in a showdown over same-sex marriage in 2014. [19]The incident provoked by Enoch Burke Accountant in Christian society, run for the position Equality Officer in that year’s student union elections. [20]Earlier in the latter part of 2013, the university suspended the Legion of Mary Society after it failed to adequately explain its connection to the posters with information about a Christian support group for homosexual persons.[21]


International students make up 12 percent of the students at NUI Galway. [22]


Main article: List of NUI Galway people


Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute

Áras Moyola, Health Science Building

JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics

New Engineering Building, North Campus

Name President Year
Rev. Dr Joseph W. Kirwan 1845-1849
Edward Berwick 1850-1877
Sir Thomas William Moffett 1877-1897
WJM Starkie 1897-1899
Dr Alexander Anderson in 1899-1934
Monsignor John Hynes 1934-1945
Monsignor Pádraig de Brún 1945-1959
Dr Martin J. Newell 1960-1975
Dr Colm hEocha 1975-1996
Dr. Patrick F. Fottrell 1996-2000
Dr. Ignatius G. Tribute 2000-2008
Dr James J. Browne 2008 to present
  • ^ A physicist Alexander Anderson is credited as the first person to suggest that there are black holes. [23]


Leading professors of note include Professor Nicholas Canny, a historian known for his work with early modern Ireland and the UK, Professor Alan Ahearne, an economist working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF),[24] and Gerard Quinn, a global authority on international and comparative disability law and policy. [25] Michael D. Higgins showed in college before he became the ninth President of Ireland. [26]

Physicist George Johnstone Stoney, who was the first Professor of Science at the then new University, introduced the concept of the electron as the “basic unit amount of electricity.” [27]

The geologist William King was the first (1864) to suggest that the bones found in Neanderthal, Germany in 1856 was not of human origin, but by a distinct species: Homo neanderthalensis , whose name he proposed at a meeting of the British Association in 1863, with the written version was published in 1864. [28]


For a more detailed list, see List of NUI Galway Alumni § people.

  • General Bindon Blood – British military commanders
  • Nicholas Canny – a historian and noted authority on early modern Ireland and the UK
  • Joseph R. Fisher – lawyer, editor of the Belfast News Letter , author, and the union’s commissioner on Irish Boundary Commission
  • Ciaran Fitzgerald – Former British and Irish Lions and the Triple Crown -winning Ireland rugby captain [29]
  • Eamon Gilmore – former Tánaiste, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Labor Party leader
  • Michael D. Higgins – ninth President of Ireland
  • Garry Hynes – Tony Award -winning director and founder of the Druid Theatre Company [30]
  • Enda Kenny – Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael
  • Mick Lally – actor, icon theater [31]
  • Sean McCann – former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces [32]
  • Mark mellett – Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces
  • Michael Beary – Irish Army and UNIFIL Commander Major General
  • Kieran Brennan – Irish Army General and former Kilkenny hurler
  • Seamus McCarthy – the Comptroller and Auditor General Ireland [33]
  • Antony MacDonnell, 1st Baron MacDonnell – British colonial administrator [34]
  • Mr MacKernan – diplomatic, Irish Ambassador to the United States and France, the EU and the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs [35]
  • Mick Molloy – appointed to the IRB Medical Officer in 2005 [36]
  • Colm Murray – program [37]
  • Wilfrid Napier – Cardinal, Archbishop of Durban [38]
  • TP O’Connor – journalist [34]
  • Valentine O’Hara – writer on Russia and the Baltics
  • Had on him – författare
  • Sean O’Rourke – broadcasters [39]
  • Martin Sheen – Hollywood actor, enrolled at NUI Galway in 2006 for a semester to study philosophy, English literature and oceanography [40] [41]
  • Máire Whelan – Attorney General of Ireland [42]
  • Iarfhlaith Davoren – Irish football

In literature

James Joyce donated an original edition of Pomes Penyeach to the university’s James Hardiman Library in 1932 after the publication in Paris. [43] The library contains unique archival collections dating from the 15th century. [43]

Other examples include:

  • Lig Sinn i gCathú


The Sunday Times University Guide heter universitetet som irländska University of the Year 2002-2003, 2009-2010 . [44] På senare tid, NUI Galway var den enda irländska universitet för att flytta upp i 2014/2015 Times Higher Education (THE) Världen University betyg. Efter att ha ökat 53 platser på sin 2013/2014 läge, rankas NUI Galway nu på 261:e i världen enligt rankingen, och den placerades på 280: e i världen i QS World University Rankings för 2014/2015. [45]

Training in IrlandSe also

  • List of Universities in Ireland
  • Digital Enterprise Research Institute
  • NUI Galway Student
  • his newspaper
  • University College Galway RFC


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  2. Jump up ^ “About NUI Galway.” Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  3. Jump up ^ “New technology building at NUI Galway show green ethos”.July 15, 2011. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  4. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway asbestos allays fears on campus.” May 2, 2015. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  5. Jump up ^ “Young Fine Gael”. Archived from the original June 3, 2015.
  6. Jump up ^ “Mandela’s attack on the United States during the Iraq invasion recalled NUI Galway.” The Irish Times. 7 December 2013. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  7. Jump up ^ McDonald, Brian; Brennan, Michael (11 December 2008). “O CUÍV defends the use of violence on the demonstrators.” Irish Independent.
  8. Jump up ^ “The anti-fees demo forces Ahern to abandon the public interview.” The Irish Times. February 3, 2009. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  9. Jump up ^ “NUIG withdraws its support for rag week because of” unruly behavior “.” The Irish Times. 26 February 2009.
  10. Jump up ^ “Campus of the Future” (PDF).
  11. Jump up ^ “Campus of the Future” (PDF).
  12. Jump up ^ “Medical history in the making as local college going NUIG.”Sligo Champion. March 29, 2006. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  13. Jump up ^ “strategic partnership – NUI Galway.” St. Angela College website. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  14. Jump up ^ “Education marks the first merger in Ireland, the Shannon College of Hotel Management becomes part of NUI Galway.” NUI Galway.10 November 2015.
  15. Jump up ^ “Shannon College Integration”. NUI Galway.
  16. Jump up ^ “Galway University Foundation.”
  17. Jump up ^ “Coordination Group University Societies (USCG)”.
  18. Jump up ^ “Dram Soc”.
  19. Jump up ^ “Rival protests over gay marriage at NUI Galway.” RTE News. March 12, 2014.
  20. Jump up ^ “Gardai were called to NUI Galway students confront Christian activists”. March 12, 2014.
  21. Jump up ^ “NUIG suspends the Legion of Mary college community of brochures”. RTE News. 5 December 2013.
  22. Jump up ^ “International students”.
  23. Jump up ^ “Interesting facts and history of NUI Galway.” Archived from the original May 30, 2015.
  24. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway economist appointed advisor to the IMF.” June 16, 2014. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  25. Jump up ^ “Prof. Gerard Quinn. ” The Prime Minister’s Office. 3 March 2015.
  26. Jump up ^ “Saw Doctors are ready to rock in the USA”. The Irish Echo.February 15, 2012. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. In one of his most obvious references to Irish society and culture, the band recorded a song titled “Michael D. Rocking in the Dail ‘in 1994, celebrating the man who now holds the Irish Presidency. Moran remains loyal to President Higgins, who taught him when he was a student at NUI Galway.
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  28. Jump up ^ “William King.” History of NUI Galway, Faculty of Science and related research. Archived from the original July 16, 2012.
  29. Jump up ^ “Ciaran Fitzgerald”. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. He studied at University College Galway, get a BComm in 1973 and played for the University College Galway RFC
  30. Jump up ^ “Druid’s Garry Hynes inspire Galway business”. Tuam Herald. February 23, 2011. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. Born in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon Garry moved to Galway with his family in 1965. In 1971, she started an Arts Degree (History and English) in College Galway, NUI Galway now.
  31. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway President pays tribute to actor Mick Lally.”August 31, 2010. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. He was born in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, Mick Lally, graduated from the University with a BA in 1969, HDip Ed 1970, and an honorary MA in 1999 for his contribution to Irish theater, at home and abroad. […] His national and international reputation earned him status as an icon of Irish theater.
  32. Jump up ^ Byrne, Cormac (10 June 2010). “McCann will take over as armed forces chief.” Evening Herald. Major General McCann lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, but was born in Cork in 1950 and grew up in Tipperary, where he was trained in Thurles CBS and the Cistercian College Roscrea. He went to college at University College Galway and is a graduate of the US Command and General Staff College.
  33. Jump up ^ “Seamus McCarthy, Comptroller and Auditor General”.Standards in Public Office Commission. Archived from the original June 3, 2015.
  34. ^ Hoppa upp till:a b. Brillman, Michael (2009) “Bengal tiger, Celtic Tiger: The Life of Sir Antony Patrick MacDonnell, 1844-1925” . ProQuest. s. 334. TP O’Connor, irländsk ledamot för Liverpool och en högskola, Galway klasskompis av MacDonnell s …
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  36. Jump up ^ “Molloy given new IRB medical role”. BBC Sport. October 12, 2005.
  37. Jump up ^ “Aer Arann Alumni Award for Sports Achievement and Leadership” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) of 30 May 2015. BA in 1972 […] After his Leaving Certificate in 1969, he wrote as an Arts student in UCG He graduated with a degree in English, French and history in 1972 …
  38. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway Graduate appointed Cardinal.” February 6, 2001. Archived from the original May 30, 2015.
  39. Jump up ^ “So much I know: Seán O’Rourke, Broadcaster”. Irish Examiner. February 13, 2015. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. When I went to University College Galway, it was always my intention to make a career in journalism degree.
  40. Jump up ^ “CAIRDE” (PDF). January 2007.
  41. Jump up ^ Steinberg, Jacques (10 April 2006). “” West Wing “write new way to pick the president.” The New York Times. Archived from the original June 4, 2015. And Mr. Sheen? At 65, he decided to make good on a promise he made himself a long time ago: to record, for the first time in college. […] He began taking classes next fall – in English literature, philosophy, and he hopes, oceanography – at National University of Ireland in Galway
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  43. ^ Jump up to: ab “NUI Galway Archives gives you the Night of Culture 2012”. August 28, 2012. Archived from the original May 19, 2015.
  44. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway is the Sunday Times University of the Year for the second time.”
  45. Jump up ^ “NUI Galway is the only Irish university to rise in the latest world rankings, taking third place nationally.” October 2, 2014.