Wednesday, 26 June 2019

An Chéad Taispeántas de ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ ag 31ú Fleadh Scannán

Fadscannán faisnéise dátheangach nua le hAodh Ó Coileáin as OÉ Gaillimh  Taispeánfar den chéad uair scannán faisnéise dátheangach nua ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ ag Fleadh Scannán na Gaillimhe i mbliana. Déanann an fadscannán cruthaitheach seo, atá stiúrtha ag Aodh Ó Coileáin as OÉ Gaillimh agus léirithe ag Paddy Hayes as Magamedia Teo., scrúdú ar an tionchar atá ag cathair na Gaillimhe agus ag Conamara ar sheisear ealaíontóirí as réimsí éagsúla. Déantar scrúdú chomh maith ar an tionchar a bhíonn ag saothar na n-ealaíontóirí seo ar a n-áit chónaithe. Níl áit ar fud na cruinne nach bhfuil saíocht seanchas agus cumar cultúr fite fuaite leis, ach is minic é ráite go bhfuil bua áirithe cultúrtha agus ealaíona ag Gaillimh. Is portráid cheanúil ar Ghaillimh atá in ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’ ina ndéantar iniúchadh ar na cumair ealaíonta a mhúnlaigh an cultúr ar leith atá inti.  Déanadh an scannánaíocht thar thréimhse bliana agus tugtar suntas do na giúmair agus na dathanna éagsúla a chuireann an aimsir agus an tírdhreach in iarthar na hÉireann i bhfeidhm ar an gcathair agus ar an gcontae.  Faoi chaibidil sa scannán tá: an scríbhneoir, Mike McCormack; an file, Rita Ann Higgins; an t-amhránaí, Róisín Seoighe; stiúrthóir an ghrúpa Macnas, Noeline Kavanagh; an péintéir ó Chonamara, Pádraic Reaney; an ceoltóir, Máirtín O’Connor; agus an fear seoigh, Tommy Tiernan. Le chéile tugann na healaíontóirí seo léargas úr spreagúil agus ionraic ar shaol an ealaíontóra i gcathair na Gaillimhe agus i gConamara. Caitheann an scannán dátheangach súil fhísiúil chruthaitheach ar Ghaillimh mar thimpeallacht ina n-oibríonn na healaíontóirí seo. Tá Gaillimh ar chrosbhóthar farraige, talún agus smaointeoireachta, tháinig an chathair agus an ceantar máguaird faoi anáil na nuálaíochta agus na héagsúlachta; tá rian cuid mhaith sibhialtachtaí agus cultúr ar an gcathair agus scrúdaíonn an scannán tionchar na Gaillimhe agus Chonamara ar an seachtar ealaíontóirí seo a oibríonn i réimsí éagsúla. Déanann na healaíontóirí iniúchadh ar Ghaillimh mar cheantar ealaíona agus fiafraíonn siad an bhfuil an teideal ‘príomhchathair chultúir’ tuillte aici i ndáiríre?  Tá déantóir an scannáin, Aodh Ó Coileáin ina stiúrthóir cláir ar an MA (Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin) agus múineann sé ar an gcéim BA (Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge), Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, OÉ Gaillimh. Tharraing a scannán deireanach ‘Fís na Fuiseoige’ aird na léirmheastóirí nuair a taispeánadh é ag Féile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán Bhaile Átha Ciath in 2016 agus bronnadh gradaim air ag Féile Lá na Cruinne in San Francisco agus Féile Scannán na hÉireann i Londain an bhliain chéanna. Tá Ó Coileáin ina chathaoirleach ar an Taibhdhearc, Amharclann Náisiúnta na Gaeilge. Sa scannán deir an t-úrscéalaí, buaiteoir gradam IMPAC agus léachtóir OÉ Gaillimh, Mike McCormack: “Nuair a tháinig mé go Gaillimh ag naoi mbliana déag d’aois, d’fhorbair mé miotas príobháideach dom féin inar shíl mé gur chathair ar imeall an domhain a bhí i nGaillimh, áit a mbíonn ar dhuine casadh thart chun breathnú ar an saol – chun an domhan a thuiscint.  Dá dheasca sin, tá fiosracht iontach i nGaillimh faoin saol mór.” Cuireann Noeline Kavanagh ó Macnas leis an méid seo: “Cothaítear ealaín as riachtanas, agus cuidíonn tírdhreacha áirithe leis seo, braithim go bhfuil fórsaí suaithinseacha in iarthar na hÉireann a tharraingíonn mothúcháin áirithe as daoine.” Dúirt stiúrthóir an scannáin, Aodh Ó Coileáin: “Ábhar machnaimh dom ó tháinig mé go Gaillimh os cionn 30 bliain ó shin, cén fáth a bhfáisctear an oiread ealaíontóirí as an gceantar seo nó cén fáth a meallann Gaillimh lucht na n-ealaíon.  Tugann an scannán léargas ar chuid de na fáthanna a rith liom thar na blianta:  an éagsúlacht chultúir sa chathair siar go dtí na meánaoiseanna agus níos faide, an cumar teangacha atá sa cheantar seo, traidisiún saibhir amhrán agus ceoil, nó b’fhéidir gur mar gheall gur anseo atá an cumar ina mbuaileann abhainn, loch agus farraige faoina chéile?” Is togra de chuid na scéime ilDána é ‘Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody’- maoinithe ag TG4 agus an Chomhairle Ealaíon i gcomhar le hIonad Scannán na Gaillimhe. Bhain sé coimisiún amach in 2017. Tá sé léirithe ag TUA films. Cruthaíonn scéim ilDÁNA deis do lucht déanta scannán clár ceannródaíoch a chruthú ar na healaíona trí Ghaeilge. Taispeánfar an scannán den chéad uair ag Fleadh Scannán na Gaillimhe, Amharclann na Cathrach, Dé Céadaoin, 10 Iúil 2019 ag 2pm. Beidh sé le feiceáil ag Féile Ealaíon an Chlocháin i mbliana agus ag Shorelines Arts Festival i bPhort Omna i Meán Fómhair. Blaisín le feiceáil ag an nasc seo: https://youtu.be/4PzSgsFLmjA -Críoch-


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Monday, 24 June 2019

Dr Fatou Bensouda listed twice by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world DrFatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, will deliver a public lecture during this year’s annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court. This special event marks the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned International Criminal Court Summer School, hosted each year by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights. The School will take place from 24-28 June in the University’s Human Biology Building. Prosecutor Bensouda will deliver a public lecture entitled ‘Whither a ruled-based global order and the import of international criminal justice’. This event is jointly hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and will be chaired by Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice Peter Charleton. The International Criminal Court seated in The Hague is the world’s principal court for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. The Prosecutor plays a pivotal role in investigating and prosecuting serious atrocities and has overseen investigations of alleged crimes in countries such as Libya, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Georgia. This year’s Summer School will comprise a series of lectures and seminars by leading practitioners and experts on international criminal law, examining the law, policy, challenges and achievements of the International Criminal Court since its establishment.  “We are exceptionally honoured to welcome Prosecutor Bensouda to NUI Galway and to the 20th anniversary Summer School”, said Dr Shane Darcy, Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. “We look forward to gaining her insights on the Court’s role in a rule-based global order and on the challenges currently facing international criminal justice.” For further information on the Summer School visit https://bit.ly/2KdobeG. -Ends-

Monday, 24 June 2019

NUI Galway leads the way with new regional enterprise hub to support the incubation and acceleration of healthcare technologies for start-ups in the Life Sciences sector in the West   Monday, 24 June, 2019: Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne, TD with NUI Galway’s Innovation Office, has officially opened 6,500 square feet of fully fitted laboratory space with state-of-the art technology to support start-ups in the region. The Business Innovation Centre – North will support start-ups in the Life Sciences sector, with room for up to 100 employees.  The new development complements the University’s existing Business Innovation Centres which are home to 52 early-stage companies. The University’s focus with the new Business Innovation Centre – North is in driving Life Sciences research and innovation to develop services and solutions that demonstrably improve outcomes for patients through solutions that save lives. Galway has a vibrant start-up ecosystem and the new facilities for Life Sciences will allow a new cohort of companies to flourish. Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne, TD, commented: “In the West of Ireland we are fortunate to have strong and vibrant clusters of industry that are populated by global companies but also local start-ups brimming with potential and possibilities. This new ‘wet lab’ space will help students, researchers, and Life Sciences workers undertake research and development, carry out experiments and test ideas that will potentially have life-enhancing and life-saving results for patients far beyond the West of Ireland. “I congratulate and commend NUI Galway for building on its already strong reputation for innovation and I wish all researchers and companies that will use this facility well in their vital work.” Fiona Neary, Innovation Operations Manager at NUI Galway, says: “We opened our first Business Innovation Centre 30 years ago, and we have supported 97 start-ups on campus that have created 1,456 jobs to date. 53 of these start-ups came from the healthcare sector. Just last year our start-ups raised €35 million collectively. With continued growth in this sector now more than ever, we need additional space and supports in this area to ensure the scalability of these companies internationally. “Life Sciences start-ups have very particular needs. They require access to sophisticated ‘wet labs’, very specialised and often expensive equipment, hospitals and a skilled workforce. These requirements are all available here in NUI Galway. We anticipate an initiative like this has the potential to create a “networked” regional enterprise hub for the incubation and acceleration of healthcare technologies. This will unleash the capability to promote sharing of resources and expertise, entrepreneurial activity, create jobs, to foster innovation and to enhance export potential.” David Murphy, Director of the Innovation Office at NUI Galway, says: “The regions’ Life Sciences ecosystem is maturing to the point that innovation and entrepreneurship is imperative to retain our current standing. The lack of appropriate incubator space, particularly laboratory space, has been an impediment to the growth and development of nascent entrepreneurial enterprises, and this has driven the Innovation Office in NUI Galway to pursue this initiative. With financial support from NUI Galway, we are delighted to open this space generating and supporting regional development that is central to the University’s strategy.” The new facility in Dangan already has its first tenant in place, NUI Galway spin-out Orbsen Therapeutics Ltd., a leading company in the development of cellular immunotherapies across four immune-mediated inflammatory conditions. Dr Larry Couture, CEO of Orbsen Therapeutics Ltd., said: “Orbsen originated from the world class science at NUI Galway. As a start-up R&D company, we benefited greatly from our close proximity to the research community and core services on campus, but as we’ve grown to be a clinical stage company, the lack of suitable laboratory space in the area for emerging biopharmaceutical companies made relocation inevitable. The Dangan facility is exactly what we and the local emerging biopharmaceutical community desperately need and it will allow Orbsen to remain and continue to grow in the Galway area.” For Orbsen Therapeutics this additional space will accommodate the company’s increasing staff and prepare for the next phase of growth as they close additional funding rounds to support the development of novel therapies. Business Innovation Centre – North is based in the Dangan Business Park in Galway. For more information about NUI Galway’s Business Innovation Centre, visit: http://www.nuigalway.ie/innovation/business-innovation-centre/ -Ends-

Monday, 24 June 2019

ENERGISE (European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy) led by NUI Galway and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme will host the ‘ENERGISE Living Labs’ closing event in Ireland on 27 June, which will present and discuss both high-level and local-level findings from the project. The results will have implications for policy makers at local, national and European level. The ENERGISE consortium is coordinated by NUI Galway and includes ten research partners (universities, research institutes, enterprises and NGOs). The Living Labs were implemented in eight of the European partner countries including Ireland to develop, test and assess options for a bottom-up transformation of energy use in households and communities across Europe based on an assessment of over 1,000 European sustainable energy initiatives and consultations with stakeholders. In response to the increasingly urgent climate change challenge, as outlined in the recently released Climate Action Plan 2019, Ireland is promoting several climate and energy targets with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising the economy. However, the current pace and scale of change is insufficient to achieve the necessary sustainability transitions in energy systems; there is an increasing realisation that meeting energy targets is highly dependent on households playing a role in energy transitions – which implies challenging social norms and habits around energy usage in the home. Over 300 European households were involved in the ENERGISE Living Labs project from September to December 2018, and 38 of these households were based in Co Tipperary. The households either took on the two main challenges (a laundry challenge to halve the number of laundry cycles they do every week; and a heating challenge to reduce the indoor temperature in their living-rooms to 18 degrees Celsius), or designed their own challenge (for example to reduce the temperature in their living room to 19 degrees Celsius. The measures and challenges that participants undertook were very low or no cost changes to practices, which is in contrast with current discussions about the high cost of climate change action. The researchers from NUI Galway, with support from implementation partners Tipperary Energy Agency and Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, guided households through the multi-method ENERGISE Living Lab process. Dr Frances Fahy, ENERGISE project coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Geography at NUI Galway, said: “The results to date indicate that the majority of all households participating across Europe managed to successfully reduce their average living temperature by at least one degree and overall our results have generated exciting new insights into social and cultural influences on household energy use, as well as advancing conversations about how we use energy in daily life opening up pathways to advance ideas of energy sufficiency.” Dr Eimear Heaslip, Postdoctoral Researcher, ENERGISE project and researcher responsible for the implementation of the ENERGISE Living Labs in Co. Tipperary, said: “The participating households varied in size and composition and had varying energy demands. The feedback from the majority of these participating households was positive with many stating that engaging in the ENERGISE Living Labs was enjoyable and helped them to reduce their energy use in the home.” ENERGISE Living Labs are now nearing the end of the project, which concludes in November 2019. Fieldwork and analysis from the Living Labs is now complete with over 300 households participating across eight European countries (38 of these are from Co. Tipperary). The €3.7 million ENERGISE project is one of the largest Social Science projects ever awarded to NUI Galway, funded through the European Horizon 2020 Research Programme and supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The ENERGISE closing event will take place on Thursday, 27 June at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary from 2.30pm-5pm (Session 1) and 5.30pm-8pm (Session 2). To register attendance to the closing event or for further information about ENERGISE and Living Labs, contact eimear.heaslip@nuigalway.ie or frances.fahy@nuigalway.ie. For more information about ENERGISE, visit: http://energise-project.eu/ or email info@energise-project.eu. -Ends-


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