University College Galway

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Group.png University College Galway  
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Type• public
• research
A public university located in the city of Galway, Ireland.

The National University of Ireland Galway is a public research university located in the city of Galway, Ireland.


The University opened for teaching in 1849 as "Queen's College Galway" with 68 students.[1] One year later it became part of the Queen's University of Ireland. The Irish Universities Act, 1908 made this college a constituent college of the new National University of Ireland, and under a new charter the name of the University changed to "University College Galway".[1] It was given special statutory responsibility under the University College Galway Act, 1929 with respect of the use of the Irish language as a working language of the University. It retained the title of University College Galway until the Universities Act, 1997 changed it to the "National University of Ireland, Galway".[1]

Located close to the city centre, it stretches along the River Corrib. The oldest part of the University, the Quadrangle with its Aula Maxima was designed by John Benjamin Keane; it is a replica of Christ Church, one of the colleges at the University of Oxford. More modern parts of the university sprang up in the 1970s.


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