Well Being in Ireland Conference, June 8, 2012
Conference Preparation

We very much look forward to meeting you in Galway on Friday 8 June. Please keep an eye on our conference website for any potential updates. For current information read on.




For those of you presenting posters, you will already have received an email with advice on the poster presentation format.  If you have any questions about poster presentations, please contact Chris Noone at noonec@gmail.com.


Interactive Management Workshop


If you follow this link  (http://capture.nuigalway.ie:8080/ess/echo/presentation/094be952-c549-414d-93ec-b0d5feda032d), it will take you to a short video describing the workshop component of the conference.  The video describes interactive management (IM) and how IM will help us understand barriers to well-being in Ireland, and options for overcoming these barriers.  Please note that we request your input and ideas in advance of the workshop.  Specifically, in the last slide on the video we ask you to:

  1. Reflect on the broad issue of well-being in Ireland and take some time to generate a list of barriers to well-being in Ireland, each of which should be expressed succinctly in a single proposition (e.g., Lack of well-being education in schools). 
  2. Next, examine all the barriers on your list and select and rank order the five most critical barriers, ranking them from 1 – 5, from most to least critical.
  3. Email your list of 5 barriers to me at michael.hogan@nuigalway.ie along with a short clarification statement (50 words) to explain what each of the barriers on the list means to you. Enter Wellbeing IM Workshop as the subject of theemail.
  4. I will collate ideas and votes and generate a master list that we will review and structure Friday 8 June in our IM workshop. 
  5. We’ll follow-up on the day and examine options for overcoming these barriers. 



Driving, parking and getting started

If you are driving to the conference, please note parking restrictions are in place, but you can park in the Park & Ride Car Park on campus (the permit that must be displayed, map showing location of the car park and bus time table will be sent on at a later time).  It’s a 5 minute walk from here to the New Engineering Building (see attached map).  Registration will open at 8.30am in the foyer of the New Engineering building, outside the meeting room (ENG127).  James Cunningham, Director the Institute for Business, Social Science and Public Policy at NUI, Galway, will welcome everyone at 9am before our first talk at 9.10 (see attached programme).  Morning and afternoon coffee and lunch are catered for and my hope is that we will have good weather on the day.  However, please note that Galway weather is very unpredictable, so please bring a rain jacket or umbrella.   



A copy of the final programme is available on the website. Please visit here for updates (http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=168).




It will be a busy weekend in Galway and thus I have reserved some hotel rooms for you at the Harbour Hotel (“Chic & modern in style coupled with a warm and attentive service -- a charming stroll from the University and only 3 minutes to Quay Street, Shop Street & Eyre Square....Complimentary leisure facilities and Wi-Fi”.).  You can book and make other enquiries at stay@harbour.ie or by calling Aine on             00353 (0)91 894805       quoting ‘NUI Galway June Conference’.  A number of rooms have also been held in Corrib Village student accommodation, which is located very close to the New Engineering Building.  To book, please email info@corribvillage.com quoting'Well Being Conference', and please book prior to June 1st. 


For alternative accommodation options in the city centre, even closer to the university, or a mile outside the city by the seaside (Salthill), see attached (ignore the GMIT and County Galway options).  



Travelling by air

The university is within easy reach of Knock Airport, Dublin, and Shannon airports.

·  Shannon Airport and Knock Airport are both just an hour's drive from Galway. To get to Galway, you can travel by bus with Bus Eireann or CityLink. Alternatively, car hire is easily available at these airports.

·  Dublin International Airport is 3 hours drive from Galway city. You can fly from Dublin to Galway airport, or rent a car and drive using this journey planner to help you find your way. There are also a number of frequent and reliable bus services to choose from to travel to Galway, again with Bus EireannCityLink, or GoBus.

Another option from Dublin Airport is to taxi from the airport to Heuston train station and take the train to Galway.  (It is pretty relaxing and don’t worry if you fall asleep as Galway is the last stop!)

·  Galway's train station is just off Eyre Square, and is only 2.5 hours away from Dublin. Find out more information on services and timetables.

Galway is a compact city and thus walking from the train station or the bus station (both of which are just off Eyre Square) to the Harbour Hotel will not take long if you travel light.  (Don’t attempt to carry your fMRI machine.)  There are also plentiful Taxis next to the train and bus station and a taxi ride to any of the Hotels in the city will only cost a few euro.

Traveling by Car

You may decide to stay in Galway for a few days after the meeting and a car would be a good option, particularly if you wanted to visit Connemara and trek around a bit.  Follow the directions below, or use this journey planner to plan your exact route to Galway. The exact address of the university is University Road, Galway, Ireland.

From the South

·  From Cork or Limerick, approach Galway on the N18. You'll by-pass Ennis & Gort and pass through Adrahan and Clarinbridge.

·  Arrive at the Oranmore roundabout just outside Galway. Take the second exit at this roundabout.

·  From Oranmore to NUI Galway

·  Follow the dual carriageway (N6) until the Martin roundabout and take the second exit, sign-posted Galway West.

·  At the next roundabout take the second exit, sign-posted Clifden.

·  Continue on to Kirwan roundabout, take the second exit.

·  Come to your sixth and last roundabout and take the fourth exit, sign-posted Clifden.

·  Turn left at the next traffic lights, towards Lower Salthill. Continue on until the next traffic lights -- Distillery Road.  Turn left. You'll be at the entrance to the car parks of the university.

From the North/ East

·  From Dublin and Belfast, continue onto M4 (signs for Sligo). At junction 1, exit onto M6 toward Galway and follow signs for Galway.

·  Arrive at roundabout off M6. Take the first exit at this roundabout and the third exit at the next roundabout just up ahead which will bring you on to the Dublin Road.

·  Continue straight on the Dublin Road following the directions for City West to NUI Galway.

Check out the campus map to find your exact destination.  (Type Engineering Building into the map search tool and see your final destination, or simply use the more traditional approach of asking one of our friendly students where the New Engineering Building is located.)

Please make your own travel and accommodation arrangements by selecting the options that suit you best.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

As always, any queries can be directed to Chris at noonec@gmail.com


Kind regards,


Mike and Chris



School of Psychology,

NUI, Galway, Ireland.

Phone: 353 91493455

Webpage: http://www.nuigalway.ie/psychology/m_hogan_page.htm