Friday, August 11, 2006

Conference Venue

The Growth and Crises: Social Structure of Accumulation Theory and Analysis's conference will be held in the Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Public Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

(this satelite picture in which NUIG can be observed was taken from Google Earth imagenery)

NUI, Galway has been a centre for teaching, research and service to the community for over 150 years. The University has a long tradition of hosting conferences, and the on-campus amenities have expanded over the years to include accommodation, extensive catering, meeting and leisure facilities (taken from NUIG conference's office website).

Galway is recognised as part of Ireland’s Cultural Heart and is described as ‘just one of those places, those special, magical places that everyone wants to visit if they’ve never been there; that every visitor wants to return to; and that anyone lucky enough to live in, never, ever wants to leave’ (taken from Galway County Council Website).

Galway, the largest county in the province of Connacht, lies in the centre of the western seaboard of Ireland. It covers nearly 6,000 sq. kms, (with over 2000km of highly indented coastline) and is divided by Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake. It has two distinct landscapes - the vast mountainy land of Connemara to the west of Lough Corrib and the rich farming plains of Galway East. The population of the County (all the areas outside of Galway City) is estimated at just over 143,000. The County is predominantly rural with just over 15% living in towns of more than 1,500 people. The largest towns are in East Galway namely, Ballinalsoe, Tuam, Athenry, Gort followed by Clifden in Connemara, West Galway. There are over 50 festivals taking place annually in Galway, celebrating the Oyster Season, Local Arts and Culture, Music, Irish Language and so much more. Gaelic Games (Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camoige) are remain central to community life in most areas. In Galway the experience is not just of an exceptional landscape but of people and communities who’s pride and openess ensures most visitors return.

For general information on Galway City please click here.

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