DIT society captures 'Most Improved' Society Accolade At the Annual BICS Awards

  • SVP wins title in DIT Awards and nationally

The annual BICS awards, hosted this year by NUI Galway on April 18th, celebrate the achievements of the top societies from fourteen different colleges throughout the island of Ireland. Attending the awards and competing in the large college categories were representatives from DIT, DCU, Trinity College Dublin, UCC, University of Limerick, Queens University Belfast and NUI Galway. The competitors in the small college categories were NUI Maynooth, Cork IT, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, IT Tallaght Dublin, IT Tralee, Dundalk IT and NCI.

DIT representatives at the BICS Societies Awards in Galway

The winners of DIT Society Awards were presented at the recent Societies' Awards Dinner in the Burlington Hotel by guest of honour Ms Nell McCafferty. The winning societies, who went on to represent DIT at the national awards, included:

  • the DIT Circus and Juggling Society in the 'Best Society' category
  • the DIT Fashion Show in the 'Best Event' category
  • Gavin Mooney in the 'Best Fresher' category
  • Karen Clancy in the 'Best Individual' category
  • the Aungier Street Dance Society in the 'Best New Society' category
  • the LGBT Society in the 'Best Website' category
  • the Engineering Society in the 'Best Poster' category
  • the SVP Society in the 'Most Improved' category.

From left to right, Mayor of Galway Niall O Brollochain, SVP Sarah Rooney, SVP Ciara Walsh, SVP Billy Walsh, SVP Ruth Sullivan, Siobhan Costello BICS Representative, Mary O Riordan, VICE President of NUIG

The Board of Irish College Societies is a national organisation, constituted in 1995. Its aim is to provide a national forum for societies in Ireland's Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education and it is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them.

Anita Conway, DIT Societies' Organiser, said that following the success of the DIT event in the Burlington Hotel, the national event hosted by NUIG was also a tremendous success. 'The competition was very strong and it was a fantastic achievement for the SVP Society to win the award for Most Improved Society in a large college - we were delighted with the result!'

Mayor of Galway, Niall O'Brollocháin welcomed the colleges to Galway and praised the contribution societies make to their college communities and how significantly they contribute to the educational experience of all who participate in their diverse activities.

He said the night was the culmination of the extraordinary hard work and commitment of all the students involved in societies who had made the journey to Galway to celebrate their achievement with their peers.

Anita Conway and her colleagues in the Societies Office agree. 'We'd like to say congratulations to all students who represented DIT so well during the two-day event in Galway. We will be looking forward to a prosperous year in societies in 2007/2008.!'

The full list of winners were:

  • Best Society in a large college: NUI Galway Film Society
  • Best Society in a small college: Mary Immaculate College Taekwon-do Society
  • Best Event in a large college: Trinity College Dublin Biosoc for their 'Med Day'
  • Best Event in a small college: IT Tallaght Radio Society for 'ITTFM'
  • Best Individual in a large college: DCU Robert O'Mhurchú; actively involved in thirteen societies this year.
  • Best Individual in a small college: Dundalk IT, Jiwan Jodhani from the Innovators' and Overcome Societies.
  • Most Improved society in a large college: DIT St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Most Improved society in a small college: IT Tallaght Radio Society
  • Best Fresher: NUI Galway, Thomas Cryan, conductor of the Choral Society.
  • Best New Society in a large college: DCU Book Society
  • Best New Society in a small college: Dundalk IT Innovators' Club.
  • Best Website: NUI Galway Voluntary Services Abroad Society for www.vsa.nuigalway.ie
  •  Best Poster in a large college: UCC Film Society for their 'Huge Film Night' poster
  • Best Poster in a small college: IT Tallaght Dublin Drama Society for their 'Faust' poster

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