UNIVERSITY COLLEGE GALWAY
(Pencil Drawing) The university was founded in 1845 as Queen's College, Galway, and was more recently known as University College, Galway (UCG) (Irish: ColÃ¡iste na hOllscoile, Gaillimh or COG). Alumni include the incumbent Taoiseach and President of Ireland, Enda Kenny and Michael D. Higgins respectively, as well as numerous other prominent politicians. Other leading figures in Irish official life to have been educated here include Attorney General MÃ¡ire Whelan and Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy. NUI Galway is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of 40 long-established European universities.