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