Monthly Archives: February 2016

Labhras O Nuallain Award 2016

Gordon Coffey, Prizewinner, and  Niamh O Dochartiagh.

Gordon Coffey, Prizewinner, and Niamh O Dochartiagh.

The annual Labhrás Ó Nualláin Prize was presented at the February Awards Day in February ’16 at NUI Galway. This Award was set up after his death  by the son and daughter of Labhras, in memory of their late father and his work at the University as a former Professor of Economics. The prize is awarded to the best Essay on Development Economics by a NUIG student.

The winner this year was Gordon Coffey from Carlow, a top Bachelor of Commerce  student at the Cairnes School of Business and Economics who is currently working for an MA Degree. This eminently worthy recipient,  who is totally committed to his studies,  entered NUIG as a mature student and he also took the Aramark prize for Honours Bachelor of  Economics. at the same ceremony. 

Gordon was then presented with the recently published autobiography of Labhrás Ó Nualláin, by his daughter Niamh O Dochartaigh. The autobiography, the story of his life and times in in Manchester of the 1920s and ’30s, and later in Dublin and Galway, where he died in 2000, recalls with humour an eventful and action filled life  It is called ‘ Memoir of an Irish Economist – Working Class Manchester to Irish Academia ‘