NUI Maynooth to be lead university for key degree in software systems
The European Union has chosen NUI Maynooth as the lead university for a prestigious Erasmus Mundus double master's in Dependable Software Systems (DESEM). The first of its kind in Ireland, the course offers students a choice of study over two years to be undertaken in two of three universities; NUI Maynooth, the University of St Andrews (UStA) in Scotland or the Universite Henri Poincare Nancy (UHP) in France. Students will achieve the double master's through the awarding of two degrees from the participating universities. This is one of only two new Erasmus Mundus Masters courses awarded this year worldwide in science, mathematics and computing.
The closing date for scholarship applications for the course is January 31, 2012.
Wren Boys to help Order of Malta
The annual Wren Boys Festival takes place again this year at Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, commencing at 11am on St Stephen's Day with poetry readings in Gus Ryan's Pub. The music, dancing, etc, commences at noon with the old tradition of Hunting the Wren. This year marks the 27th year of the revival in Dublin of the ancient practice of celebrating St Stephen's Day with traditional music, entertainment and dance.
The proceeds of this year's Wren Festival will go towards the Order of Malta's Holy Family Maternity Hospital in Bethlehem. For further information please go to www.orderofmalta.ie.
Munier's restaurant tale wins award
Y Books has announced that Boiling Point: Adventures in the Restaurant Game by Nick Munier (with Esther McCarthy) has won the prestigious Gourmand Award for Ireland in the Food Literature category. The book will represent Ireland in the Gourmand Best in the World Awards in March 2012. The results will be announced at the internationally renowned Paris Cookbook Fair.
Bookseller celebrates top accolade
CRANNOG Bookshop in Church Street, Cavan, has celebrated winning the inaugural Bord Gais Energy Irish Bookshop of the Year award.
The category was established as part of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards to recognise retailers who connect readers and authors everyday and provide us with endless hours of entertainment.
Belinda McKeon, author and winner of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year award, signed copies of her book Solace while customers celebrated with mulled wine and mince pies.