9 people from Galway Receive Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Hackett and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Alexandra McKnight, on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Clare Cronin, are pleased to announce 40 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2022 – 2023.

The following 9 recipients from Galway were presented with Fulbright Awards at a ceremony in Iveagh House: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Dr Ruth Melia, Dr Eoin Whelan, Dr John P Gilmore, Dr Sharon Glynn, Dara Kerins, Aoibhin Sheedy, Stephanie Joyce and Ciara Shortiss

The Fulbright Program has served to strengthen international relations for seventy-five years. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland’s vision of inspiring minds to create a global culture of understanding is more important than ever in today’s increasingly polarised world. This year’s Irish awardees will undertake research, teaching and study in the USA spanning many disciplines. They will address pressing societal issues, engage with U.S. society, and share their knowledge when they return home.

Joe Hackett, Secretary General of the Department of the Foreign Affairs said, “I extend my warmest congratulations to the Irish Fulbright Awardees for 2022–2023. Fulbright scholarships provide a transformational experience for individuals and play a crucial role in sustaining the close relationship that Ireland and the United States share. Every year, Fulbright recipients have the exciting opportunity to study, work, and experience life in the U.S., and to represent the best of Ireland. I wish this year’s Awardees every success for their time in the U.S.”

Alexandra McKnight, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin said, “Fulbright offers an unparalleled opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, while fostering understanding between nations. This Program is a vehicle for advancing knowledge across communities and improving lives around the world. Congratulations to this year’s Awardees who will serve as ambassadors for Ireland and bring what they learn in the U.S. back with them.”

Photography from Andres Poveda Photography