The History of NUI Galway Energy Society
Originally founded in 2010 by Dr. Rory Monaghan, the NUI Galway Energy
Society is the largest, most active and most influential student group in Ireland
dedicated to energy.
The society exists to provide and promote information about the needs,
challenges and successes occurring in the field of energy today.
This goal is achieved using fact-based discussions and open collaboration to
develop the understanding and awareness of energy production, consumption and
The Galway Energy Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual event coordi-
nated by the society. The event aims to be accessible and educational whilst
fostering an environment which students, professionals and the general public
can engage in discussion and debate in relation to energy.
Galway Energy Summit 2018
The first Galway Energy Summit took place on March 8th 2018. Building on the success of
the Energy Society’s Energy Night which had been held annually since 2010 the 2017/2018
committee set to creating the Galway Energy Summit with the aim of making the event one
of the largest student run events dedicated to energy and climate in Ireland.
GES18 commenced with a panel discussion “The Future of Energy in Ireland” . The
discussion provided the opportunity for industry, students and academics to talk about
Ireland’s future energy strategy. The panel was made up of a range of experts from the
- Eamon Ryan – Green Party Leader
- Clare Duffy – ESB Networks
- Dr David Connolly – Head of Policy at the Irish Wind Energy Association
- David Taylor – Former Chairman of the Energy Institute in Ireland
Moderated by Energy Soc alumni Shane McDonagh PhD the discussion provided an interesting insight into Ireland’s energy future.After the roaring success of last year’s event we can’t wait to do it all over again making it bigger and better