Below are some testimonials received by the Conference & Event Centre team. Please get in touch if you too would like to submit feedback relating to a recent event at NUI Galway.
8th International Disability Law Summer School | June 2016
“In my experience the conference office offers simply the highest standards of professional service."
Business and Development Manager
Centre for Disability Law and Policy
22nd Annual International Society for Clinical Densitometry Meeting | June 2016
"Special thanks to you and your team for the wonderful job you did for ISCD's 22nd Annual Meeting...The extra time and effort you put in was certainly worthwhile. It is a joy for us to work with such dedicated and talented colleagues."
The International Society for Clinical Densitometry Team
HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network Event | May 2016
"Thank you for all your help and support for last Friday’s event in the Aula Maxima. Your cool and calm nature is very well suited to busy hectic events, and I know we had several changes in the run up to it and you were most helpful."
Dr Sandra Galvin BSc PhD
Health Research Board
Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN)
European University Association Conference | April 2016
"...Thank you sincerely for your valued contribution to the conference, both in the preparatory phase and onsite – it was a great pleasure working with you all. A successful conference is always the result of a team effort, and we had an excellent NUI Galway team to rely and fall back on!"
Sabien De Hanscutter
EUA - European University Association
CONSENSUS International Sustainable Consumption Conference | May 2015
"In conjunction with NUI Galway and the Environmental Protection Agency, CONSENSUS hosted its second international conference on Sustainable Consumption Transformations at the New Engineering Building at NUI Galway.
The event was a great success and we have received very positive feedback about the conference and in particular, about the professional manner in which the event was organised.
On behalf of the CONSENSUS team, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the NUI Galway Conference & Event Centre for their excellent support and coordination. The quality of service provided by Olivia, Patricia and the rest of the team was superb.
The lecture halls and foyer of the Engineering Building at NUI Galway make it an excellent (not to mention impressive) venue to host any event.
Furthermore, I would like to thank Niamh and her team at Friars Restaurant who catered the event. The staff, service and quality of food was of a very high standard and contributed to the affable atmosphere of the conference.
CONSENSUS is very appreciative of the support of the NUI Galway Conference & Event Centre and would highly recommend the Engineering Building at NUI Galway as an excellent venue for future events."
Dr Mary Jo Lavelle
CONSENSUS Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Geography and Archaeology
NYCI | June 2015
"I would highly recommend NUI Galway as a conference destination, the venues, accommodation and food are excellent and good value for money. What I found extraordinary was the warm welcome and flexibility from staff across the board at NUI Galway.
I would return in a second, this venue was key to the success of our event. Olivia in the conference office was a pleasure to work with as well as being flexible, supportive and efficient. A gold star conference centre."
Project Arts Officer
Innovating West Summit | March 2015
"Many thanks for the fantastic and efficient service last Friday. It was a dream venue and we were so well looked after. Thank you for going out of your way to make it a success."
Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland Conference | April 2014
"In April 2014, the Spanish section of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures organised a major conference for specialists in Spanish. This was the annual conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI). We were fortunate to have the support of the Conference & Event Centre in running this prestigious event.
At all times during the preparation of the conference, and while it was taking place, Patricia Walsh and her team were extremely supportive, not only helping with a host of practical matters, including budgeting, but also giving us tips and advice that showed that she and her staff have vast experience in this kind of activity. We were able to face the daunting task of running such an event at NUI Galway with confidence.
We found that the delegates were delighted with all aspects of the conference. Most people had travelled from Britain to attend, and were extremely impressed by the efficiency with which everything was run, and with the general friendly and welcoming atmosphere, both in the University and in Galway, helped along by plenty of sunshine. They all had very high praise for all aspects of the organisation.
The President of the AHGBI wrote to the members of the Association afterwards singing our praises. He talked about “the magnificent conference we were fortunate to enjoy in Galway last April” and went on to say: “Those of you who attended will agree with me, I am sure, that it was a great success … I would like to express here my thanks and those of the AHGBI to Professor Bill Richardson and his staff and PGs for all their hard work in ensuring that it was such a successful conference…. It will be difficult to forget the wonderful evening of Mexican music, tequilas and margaritas, and the excellent conference dinner with representatives from the Embassies of Mexico, Chile and Spain.”
That tribute is due in large part to the Conference & Event Centre team, and I would like to extend my congratulations and thanks to them for a wonderful job which was very well done!"
Prof. Bill Richardson
Special Rules Conference | September 2014
"The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation held a one day Special Rules Conference in NUI Galway in 2014. Over 700 delegates attended the conference in the Bailey Allen Hall on the campus, a superb conference room, ideal for conferences of this type.
From the time we booked the venue right through to the conference day itself, we received top class professional support from NUI Galway staff. Arrangements made in advance were fully delivered including audio visual, catering, back-up rooms and refreshments. We are very happy to recommend NUI Galway as a conference venue."
Executive Officer, Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
Collaborative Management of Multi-system Diseases | June 2014
"The NUI Galway Conference and Event Centre provided flawless planning, coordination and on-the-day support for our two-day seminar on complex medical disorders. Our speakers included a group of international experts from Mayo Clinic in the USA and from Ireland.
The event was a great success and attracted medical trainees and specialists from centres throughout Ireland. Both speakers and attendees provided overwhelmingly positive feedback about the programme and the manner in which the meeting was organised. Most importantly, the conference setting and evening social event at NUI Galway proved to be ideal for fostering discussions and friendly interactions.
The support for the meeting from the Conference and Event Centre was truly outstanding from start to finish and encompassed all aspects of its organisation. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to any colleague who is planning to host an academic event in Galway."
Professor Matthew Griffin
Established Professor of Transplant Biology, REMEDI, NUI Galway
Child to Parent Violence: Innovations in Practice, Policy & Research
"We were delighted with the support we received from the conference office and with the venue for the conference. The set up and the rooms made for a smooth operation of the conference and the foyer of Aras Moyola was an ideal space for tea/coffee breaks as it was large enough to accommodate delegates in comfort and enabled conversation and interaction.
The support from audiovisual staff was invaluable and we appreciated the advice and support from your office. The staff, the food, the reception provided by Friars was of a very high standard and contributed to the congenial atmosphere of the conference."
Lecturer, Masters of Arts in Social Work Programme
Research Fellow, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre
Connacht Rugby Awards Dinner, April 2014
"I just want to say a big thank you for all your help last Saturday and the weeks leading up to our Awards Dinner. We have received some excellent feedback from the event. Players, team management, sponsors and staff were all very impressed with the room setup and the standard of the food."
Partner Services Executive, Connacht Rugby
SEI Awards Roadshow, April 2014
"A big thank you to all your team for looking after Eamonn and Ciara so well. It was a very successful event and we look forward to holding a roadshow there in the future."
Office Manager, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Cancer Care West ‘Tribute to Seamus Heaney’ Fundraising Evening, March 2014
"In conjunction with NUI Galway, Cancer Care West hosted a ‘Tribute to Seamus Heaney’ fundraising event at the Bailey Allen Hall. The evening was a celebration of Seamus Heaney’s life, and encompassed poetry readings and traditional music performed by some of Ireland’s best known writers, actors, artists and musicians. It was a very successful evening with over 600 people attending and funds raised for Cancer Care West. The Bailey Allen Hall proved to be an excellent venue with its large capacity, ease of access and proximity to Galway city centre. The University’s conference centre staff was supportive and friendly and dealt with all aspects of the venue in a professional and courteous manner. Cancer Care West is very appreciative of the support of NUI Galway and would highly recommend the Bailey Allen Hall as a fantastic venue for events."
Fundraising Manager, Cancer Care West
S.C.C.U.L Enterprise Awards, January 2014
"On behalf of SCCUL Enterprises Ltd. and St. Columba's Credit Union, we would like to thank you for your highly professional organisation of the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway for the SCCUL Enterprise Awards. Your venue was a very significant element to the success of this year's awards."
Padraig O' Callaghan
European Marine Biology Symposium, August 2013
"Last summer, we enjoyed a fabulous 48th European Marine Biology Symposium in Galway. The choice of location, the scientific topics, social events, and the organisation by the Conference Centre staff, all matched our wishes and satisfied our demands. The organisation was very professional and well suited within an adequate location that combined neatly a range of meeting rooms for different purposes - a spacious lecture hall, a hall with room for coffee breaks as well as the poster presentations, together allowing for an informal yet well-positioned setting for networking, and next to it a hall serving as a restaurant with perfect catering. From the start till the end of the symposium all elements fitted perfectly. The possibility of accommodation on campus in close proximity to the meeting hall also made our stay easy and comfortable. Along with the friendly atmosphere of the historic city-centre of Galway, which is near the venue too, it made the perfect combination for an international conference such as the EMBS. Therefore, we express our deep appreciation to the local organisers in the Martin Ryan Institute of NUI Galway, and the Conference Centre staff for organising such a first-rate symposium in a good atmosphere."
Prof.Dr. Herman Hummel
President of the EMBS
Masters in IR/HRM 10 Year Reunion Conference, November 2013
"We were very pleased with the management of this event. The set-up, tech support and food were excellent. The servers were wonderfully courteous. Everything that was promised was delivered and we could not have asked for more."
Programme Director, M.Sc in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management
Celtic Culture, September 2013
"We used the Aula Maxima facilities recently for a private recital catering to a high-end American Alumni Group visiting Galway. I could not praise the venue highly enough. Arrangements prior to the event and on the day were dealt with seamlessly by the team. We will be back!"
Managing Director, Celtic Culture
Legal Aid Board Family Law Conference, June 2013
"The Legal Aid Board held our Family Law Conference in NUI Galway in June, 2013. We had 170 delegates in attendance and we were extremely happy with all aspects of the conference. The facilities provided by the University were excellent, from the Bailey Allen Hall itself to the IT support provided both beforehand and on the day as well as the administrative back-up from the conference centre staff and the catering facilities. Any request to the conference centre staff was dealt with professionally and in a very friendly manner. The proximity of the University campus to Galway City Centre was also very useful and many attendees used the accommodation in Corrib Village which was very reasonably priced."
Asst. Director, Legal Aid Board
Coimbra Group Annual Conference, May 2013
"Beyond the academic and intellectual quality, the aesthetic and cultural embedded components promoted the Coimbra Event in Galway as an unique experience; of course, the people are special to make special events like this: thank you for all!"
Assoc. Prof. Ovidiu Gavrilovici, Ph.D.
University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Iasi, Romania
23rd Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ 2013), January/February 2013
"The 23rd Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (Environ2013) was held in NUI Galway from January 30th to February 1st 2013. Almost 300 delegates from all over Ireland were in attendance and we used the Bailey Allen Hall as the venue. The conference facilities in the Bailey Allen Hall are top class, and having the flexibility of designing the layout of the rooms was a bonus. The venue was very suitable for hosting several parallel sessions, and many of the conference delegates remarked about the high standard of the venue, and that nothing like it existed in their own institutions. Our corporate sponsors were very happy with the layout of the main hall and the amount of space provided to them. The Conference Office staff were excellent in ensuring that the venue looked its best on the days of the conference and dealt with Buildings Office staff on our behalf. They showed up in person at key times during the conference and were only a phone call away. During the planning stages of the conference they provided lots of very sensible advice and help, and their experience in event management is vast.
We had very specific requirements for catering, requesting food that had all been sourced locally and produced sustainably, with minimum packaging. The Conference Office were very helpful ensuring that these needs were met, and the food was all served on time, was reasonably priced and of a very high standard. It was a pleasure dealing with Masterchef staff who kept us up to date and informed throughout the three days of the conference.
Using the services of the Conference Office was essential for a group of this size. We sat down at the beginning of the process with them, and they helped with all stages of planning. The assistance from the staff in the Office was second to none. They thought of everything, and their friendly and professional manner made the conference organisation a pleasure. It was great to have such professional support. I would highly recommend their services, and would have no hesitation in using the Conference Office for all my future conference organisation."
Dr. Martina Prendergast
Strategic Development Manager, Ryan Institute
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programme, Summer 2013
"My experience here in Galway has accounted for so many great memories that I'll have for the rest of my life. Part of the success of my program was largely due to the staff here at NUI Galway and Corrib Village. Everyone has been so accommodating and helpful. All of the interactions I've had with the staff have been positive and they are more than happy to help you. Thanks so much for making my time here so enjoyable!"
Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programme Student
Anglican Chorale of Ottawa (ACO) - August 2012
"Our 47-member choir thoroughly enjoyed our 5-day stay at Corrib village. The administration before and during our stay was excellent - responsive, supportive, and true to their word. The residence space is top tier. Comfortable, clean, quiet rooms, and the shared kitchen/living room space was great to have amongst every four apartments. We also enjoyed the "quad" area in-front of the building - a place for the group to stay in touch. The extras that we asked for - rehearsal space, a group dinner at the Campus Pub, a group dinner upon arrival - were taken care of perfectly. Who knew Ireland should be known for their cuisine? We also loved the university campus, Galway, and the surrounding area. Any group should have no reservations about staying at Corrib Village."
Anglican Chorale of Ottawa
MSC Galway Conference, July 2012
" In the summer of 2012 a conference was held in Galway on the topic of stem cell technology. It brought together an international grouping of experts from 5 continents to discuss recent research in stem cell therapy and the development of new treatments for patients. The venue was the Bailey Allen Conference Centre at NUI Galway and management of the conference was in the hands of the NUI Galway Conference and Catering Office, led by Patricia Walsh and assisted by Olivia McBride and Rory O’Toole.
I have to say that the success of the conference was due in no small part to the excellent environment provided at NUI Galway. The conference facilities were superb. Every aspect of the venue – registration desk, seating, audiovisual services, speaker-ready room - was professional, polished and well managed. It turned out to be a truly excellent location.
Catering, which included coffee breaks and hot lunches, was seamlessly organized and on time and the food was excellent. The conference banquet, held in the Aula Maxima, was very special, with a superb four-course dinner provided by Masterchef and a memorable night of music with Frankie Gavin and Friends.
Conference management was efficient, proactive and professional. It was clear that the office has a great deal of experience in event management and in the organization of large venues.
The jewel in the crown, for this international conference venue, was the city of Galway. Visiting Galway and the west of Ireland was a magical experience for all the overseas delegates. They enjoyed the music, the nightlife, the wonderful ambience of Galway, and of course the events associated with the Volvo Ocean Race Finale. I have received letters from delegates from all corners of the planet, NUI Galway as a conference venue and Galway City as an incomparable destination."
Prof Frank Barry
Director, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES)
Hot Topics in Biomedical Science Research, June 2012
"On June 29th 2012 NUI Galway hosted a unique 1-day symposium for students from structured PhD programmes in the Biomedical Sciences at NUI Galway, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick. The symposium, entitled Hot Topics in Biomedical Science Research was organised in collaboration with the NUI Galway Conference Office who designed a registration website, supported advertising and dissemination, identified and booked a suitable on-campus venue, took care of all the logistics and catering and made all the arrangements for our visiting speakers from Ireland, Europe and the US.
During the planning period, the service from the Conference Office was superb with close attention to detail, frequent updates and check-ins and quick turn-around on all of our requests. Any problems that arose were quickly and effectively dealt with and all our arrangements were finalised well in advance of the symposium. On the day, we had a great success with over 120 students attending from around the country and an outstanding series of scientific presentations. Most importantly, every aspect of the event went perfectly according to plan from registration in the morning to the social event in the evening. The feedback from students attending and from our visiting faculty was overwhelmingly positive.
Based on our experience, I will have no hesitation in enthusiastically recommending the NUI Galway Conference Office to colleagues for similar event organisation and will definitely be using their services myself in the future."
Prof. Matthew Griffin
Regenerative Medicine Institute, School of Medicine
iHCI 2012: Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference, June 2012
"The conference was a great success, which was due in significant part to the tremendous support, advice and resources we received throughout the entire process from the Conference Office, NUIG. Everything was in place, from poster boards, AV and conference packs, to catering, online conference paper submission and delegate registration, which helped to ensure the smooth running of the event from start to finish. The support of the Conference Office, each step of the way, helped to ensure that both the academic and logistical aspects of organising and hosting the conference programme were managed easily and efficiently."
Tony Hall, School of Education,
The Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe Conference, April 2012
We successfully hosted an international housing conference in April 2012, Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe, involving over 150 academics, researchers, presenters and participants. The success and smooth flow of the event can be attributed in no small part to the dedication and professional expertise of the Conference Office at NUI Galway. Patricia Walsh and her colleagues methodically and in a nice way addressed the many and varied requirements – from different size venues to audio-visual support to catering and the conference dinner. The dedicated webpage where participants could register and pay on-line was invaluable. I would strongly recommend that anyone organizing a conference in Galway avail of the professional and personable services of the conference office.
Dr Padraic Kenna
Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, School of Law,
Diabetic Foot Management Conference, March 2012
"In March 2012 NUI Galway hosted the premier Diabetic Foot Management Conference in Ireland. The conference was attended by delegates from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in Ireland, The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, The Organisation of Chiropodists and Podiatrist of Ireland and The Wound Management Association of Ireland. The conference office in NUI Galway were exceptionally helpful and provided the conference website to facilitate bookings and registration. The event ran seamlessly and exceeded all our expectations! The staff in the conference office were very professional and their project management skills are excellent."
National CPD Officer for Podiatry.
China Ireland Relations Conference, March 2012
"In March 2012 NUI Galway hosted the inaugural China Ireland Relations Conference with over 120 delegates in attendance including government officials and dignitaries from China. The conference was a great success and the Committee was very happy with the conference facilities, IT support and catering in NUI Galway. In addition, the support offered by staff from the Conference Office in the build up to and during the event was very helpful. I am delighted to recommend NUI Galway as a venue for future conferences."
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, Chairperson, China Ireland Relations Committee.
Peace Proms, February 2012
"The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland held “ Peace Proms 2012” in NUI Galway on the 4th and 5th February 2012. “Peace Proms” is a monumental choral and orchestral production involving a choir of 450 children and a 110 member orchestra along with soloists, and Drum and Piping Corps . The venue comfortably catered for a capacity audience along with the full complement of musicians. From the early planning stages until the final curtain, we found the staff at NUI Galway to be extremely helpful. From technical set up, to catering, car parking, crowd management and health and safety, they ensured the seamless organisation of our event. Huge thanks from everyone in the CBOI to Patricia, Barry, Laura and all the staff in Conferencing and the Kind Fisher. We look forward to our return."
Founding Director, The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.
The Galway Science & Technology Festival
“The Galway Science & Technology Festival final day exhibition was held for the last two years at the Bailey Allen Hall & Orbsen Building at NUI Galway and c.24,000 people attended the event. The campus is a fantastic venue and a perfect fit for our needs in terms of size, location, parking, refreshment outlets, etc. The Festival, in partnership with NUI Galway, aims to bridge the gap between students and industry and encourage students to choose Science & Technology as their chosen field of study and future career.”
Administrator & Marketing Co-ordinator - Galway Science & Technology Festival 2012
Irish Association of Barbershop Singers, October 2011
"The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers, decided to hold their 23rd. International Convention in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI, Galway over 7th/8th October 2011. This involved 400 delegates from America, Finland, Sweden, England and Ireland, singing in quartet and chorus competitions in strict timing schedules.
We were impressed with the ambiance of the location, the flexibility of room design and ’set-up’,the availability of rooms for rehearsal, and the proximity of food and beverage. Patricia Walsh was an excellent contact person, being clear and decisive in information and in follow up communication.
Our experience with Patricia Walsh and her team was faultless throughout the lead up to the weekend and the actual weekend. Her gentle presence was supportive and helpful throughout. Her flexibility and easy address to our immediate needs was impeccable.
Delegates have voted our Galway Convention –’the best ever’ and we feel this is because of the ease with which the Bailey Allen Hall allowed quick access from rehearsal room to stage and to food and beverage. The lovely airy lobby /reception area allowed easy assembly of delegates and friendly interaction.
The Executive Committee of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers was extremely pleased with our choice of location and would be happy to consider this location again for future conventions."
Elizabeth Nolan, Treasurer,
Irish Association of Barbershop Singers.
Theatre Forum Conference, June 2011
"On behalf of the whole performing arts community I would like to express my sincere thanks to NUI Galway for hosting the annual Theatre Forum Conference. We had a record attendance of more than 350 from all sides of the sector: theatre festivals, arts centres, touring theatre, dance and opera companies and freelance directors, designers, actors. playwrites and arts managers.
It was the first time we have held the conference in Galway and the response was phenomenal. Everyone was delighted with the facilities in the college."
Tania Banotti , Chief Executive
Theatre Forum Ireland.
The Irish Times Trust, June 2011
"On my own behalf and that of the Irish Times Trust, I would like to thank you for your invitation to visit the University last Tuesday and for your generous hospitality in hosting a dinner for the Trust, the Editor Geraldine Kennedy and Managing Director Liam Kavanagh, with such an interesti ng group of people.
We were very impressed by your presentation of the University's strategy and priorities and by what has been achieved over the past decade. We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet with Mike Turley and his colleagues in DERI and to explore the digital future and the implications for newspapers and quality journalism. I hope that there will be further contact between DERI and the Irish Times as a result of the meeting. The dinner was most enjoyable."
The Labour Party held its 65th Party Conference, June 2011
"On behalf of the Board and Executive of Enterprise Ireland (EI), may I thank you for inviting the Board to hold our June Board meeting at NUl Galway.
The Board meeting went very smoothly and subsequent lunch with our clients was a great success. Professor Jim Ward a nd his colleagues were very generous of their time and the Board greatly appreciated Professor Ward's presentation on NUIG and tour of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science."
Enterprise Ireland, June 2011
The Labour Party held its 65th Party Conference, April 2010
"The Labour Party held its 65th Party Conference, arguably our most successful Conference to date, at NUI Galway between the 16th and 18th April 2010. Over 1,000 delegates attended this major three day event, significant sections of which were televised live on RTE. We were so impressed with the facilities and staff that we are returning for our 2011 Conference and I really don’t think we could pay a higher compliment.
The reasons the Labour Party is returning to NUI Galway next April are easy to outline: the bright, spacious facilities at the conference centre, the superb staff service and the vibrant surrounds of the NUI Galway Campus and Galway City itself.
Given the quality of advice and service provided by the Conference Centre’s staff - from first enquiry to post conference paperwork nothing we asked was too much trouble - it was hard to reconcile that ours was the first national conference held in
the new Bailey Allen Hall. We are now looking forward to our 66th National Conference knowing we will be in safe hands".
The Labour Party, April 2010
10th Annual Conference of the Association for Public Economic Theory (PET09), June 2009
" We organized the 10th Annual Conference of the Association for Public Economic Theory (PET09) that was held at NUI Galway between June 17th and June 20th in 2009. The conference was a tremendous success with over 330 delegates attending, the vast majority of these from overseas. We have received many messages from delegates praising the organization of the conference. The support and advice from the conference office at NUI Galway from the time we bid for the conference to when the last delegate left Galway was outstanding. In particular we benefitted greatly from their project management skills in advising us as to what would work best for both the academic and social programmes of the conference. We would strongly recommend that anybody thinking of hosting a conference at NUI Galway should begin by contacting the conference office. Their expertise is second to none, and it was delightful to work with them."
Brendan Kennelly and Ashley Piggins, School of Economics, NUI Galway
Local Organizing Committee, PET09