“NUI Galway has given me the opportunity to pursue my love for the Irish language”

Dylan White

Reporter:

Dylan White

Treasa McGrath from Newcastle
NUI Galway will host an information evening in The Clonmel Park Hotel tonight from 7-9pm.

NUI Galway will host an information evening in The Clonmel Park Hotel tonight from 7-9pm.

This is an ideal opportunity for secondary school students and their parents/guardians to become familiar with some of the 60 courses on offer at the University. Afterwards, current students and NUI Galway staff members will be on hand at information stands to answer any individual questions in relation to courses offered by the University and about practical issues such as accommodation, fees, scholarships and the wide range of support services available to students.

NUI Galway is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost centres of academic excellence. Over 17,000 students undertake an extensive range of studies at the University, one of whom is Treasa McGrath from Newcastle, County Tipperary. Treasa said she made the decision to go to NUI Galway because of its “reputation for a high standard in Irish and its close proximity to the Gaeltacht”.

The 20-year-old has a passion for the Irish language, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts with Irish studies (a BA connect course offered at NUI Galway). “My course enables me to study legal studies and Irish, but I also have a very small class of about ten students who focus on Irish studies. This facility is brilliant as the one to one time with lecturers’ help me to deal efficiently with all the challenges that college life throws at me,” she explained.

The former Loreto secondary school student is in her third year of a four year course, having just completed a semester in the University of Liverpool. She said her time on Merseyside was fantastic and hails NUI Galway for providing their students with the opportunity to study abroad. “I got to study Italian and Italian studies in Liverpool, in the process of meeting other Erasmus students from around the world”.

Treasa has now returned to NUI Galway for semester two, and will commence a research project centred on Irish society and identity. “I intend on exploring folklore and language that has been collected in Newcastle by local gaeilgoir Seamus O’ Maolchataigh”.

She is also considering a career in the media or as a teacher when she graduates, and encourages prospective students to attend the information evening tonight to see what Galway city and the University has to offer. “Galway is such a vibrant city with something for everyone. The Galway Arts Festival is amazing, with a similar atmosphere to the Fleadh Cheoil with various musicians playing on Shop Street and in the pubs. It is student friendly and quite cheap”. 

She added: “The knowledge I’ve gained from my course allowed me to become a tour guide in Cahir Castle in 2013, and as a dancer and tour guide in Brú Ború cultural centre in Cashel in 2014. NUI Galway is like a home away from home, and has opened many doors for me.”