NUIG student societies rake in awards nationwide

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Galway Daily news NUIG student societies awards

It’s been a very good year for student societies at NUIG, with awards piling up on the shelves at the end of the academic year.

This year saw societies at NUIG take home awards from the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) National Society Awards, Musical Theatre Intervarsities, Irish Student Drama Awards (ISDA) and the Dance Intervarsity.

NUI Galway has over 125 student societies with over 1,000 committee members and 12,000 members in total.

Riona Hughes, Societies Officer at NUI Galway said that it’s been a “bumper year” for societies with over 3,000 events organised and numerous awards won.

“They have invited the wider community onto campus and engaged with partners throughout the world, it is a joy to see their efforts rewarded at a national level.”

NUI Galway now currently holds the record for the most awards since the BICS’s Awards inception with 50 awards won over the past 19 years.

NUIG’s musical society GUMS hosted the fourth annual Musical Theatre Intervarsities here in Galway in March where it won three awards including Best Direction for Patrick Conneely, Best Musical Direction for Katie Feeney and Best Overall Show.

The Drama Society (Dramsoc) won a record-breaking six awards and received a further 18 nominations at ISDA 2019.

The awards included Best Costumes, Best Hair and Make-up, Best Supporting Actress, Best Lighting Design, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Ensemble.

The Dance Society Irish troupe, choreographed by student Matthew Gardner, also won first place in their category at the Dance Intervarsity.