The 2007 National Awards

Hosted by National University of Ireland, Galway

And the winners were...

A review of the Awards

The BICS National Awards hosted by NUI Galway on April 18th in the Galway Bay Hotel celebrated the achievements of the top societies from fourteen colleges throughout the island of Ireland. Attending the awards and competing in the large college categories were representatives from DCU, DIT, Trinity College Dublin, UCC, University of Limerick, Queens University Belfast and NUI Galway. The competitors in the small college categories were NUI Maynooth, Cork IT, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, IT Tallaght Dublin, IT Tralee, Dundalk IT and NCI.

The Mayor of Galway Niall O’Brollocháin in his keynote speech welcomed the colleges to Galway and praised the contribution which societies make to their communities and how significantly they contribute to the educational experience of all who participate in their diverse activities. They are an integral part of campus life and the Mayor stated how much he enjoys attending society events because of the wonderful energy involved.

According to Ríona Hughes, BICS Chairperson and awards coordinator, the night was the culmination of the extraordinary hard work and commitment of all the students involved in societies who had made the journey to Galway to celebrate their achievement with their peers. As host college the NUI Galway Societies entertained their guests with dance, fire juggling, a string quartet and a céilí.
The Board of Irish College Societies is a national organisation, constituted in 1995, which is dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland's Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education and is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them. With fourteen colleges involved this year, and many new institutions on board, the night was a fitting end to a successful year for BICS.

Some photographs of the night...