The Governing Authority of NUI Galway has decided to confer Nuala Ward the Degree of Laws (LL.D) in recognition of her work in human rights issues.
In a statement, NUI Galway said they decided to confer Ms Ward “in recognition of her dedication to human rights issues, in particular, LGBT+ issues, her work in advocacy, activism, awareness-raising and outgoing community service spanning over three decades.”
Nuala is one of the founding members of Galway Pride, which enters its 30th year.
Galway Pride holds the record for the longest-running consecutively running Pride in Ireland.
Ireland’s LGBT+ community have been congratulating Nuala on being honoured by NUI Galway.
Fellow activist Ailbhe Smyth said:
“So delighted Nuala Ward, a brilliant, brave warrior for LGBTQI, Prochoice and much more, to be conferred [with] an honorary doctorate by [NUI Galway]. Congratulations Nuala and go raibh míle maith agat for all you do. A truly merited honour.”
Watch the full ceremony, from 3 pm here. Teach Solais in Galway will be celebrating in the Arcade Bar (Electric) from 6pm this evening.
Nuala Ward was the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Galway Pride festival as it celebrated its 30th year.
Speaking about being announced as Grand Marshal, Nuala said: “I feel privileged each year participating in Galway Pride parade. Jane Talbot and Natalie Zaybolt helped me organise Galway’s first Pride parade. This year will mark our communities 30th parade. It is an honour for me to lead Galway’s diverse, vibrant and flourishing LGBTQ+ community, our families, friends and allies on this special parade.
“Remembering those who have gone before us, celebrating positive change, highlighting ongoing much-needed work and in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers around the world. Visibility is as important today as it was 30 years ago.
“Whether it’s your 1st or your 21st parade enjoy every moment!! A big thank you to all involved for your work and dedication in creating a festival for all of us to enjoy. Have a happy and safe Galway Community Pride!”
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