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NUI Galway Climate Congress – Divestment and Sustainable Choices

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NUI Galway Climate Congress – Divestment and Sustainable Choices

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Join us for NUI Galway’s third annual Climate Congress – sponsored by Trócaire and organized by the CCAFS Society (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security). This year’s theme focuses on efforts towards divestment from fossil fuels and sustainable investment at both local and national levels.

This year’s speakers include:

-Thomas Pringle T.D. Creator of Irelands National Divestment Bill

-Ian Halstead of L&P Investments (Dublin)

-Nuala Haughey of Think-Tank for Action on Social Change

-Cliona Sharkley of Trócaire

There will also be a participatory working group to discuss strategies for overcoming barriers to political engagement in the context of climate change from 14:00-17:00 If you wish to attend this, please select both general admission and workshop tickets below (note that in the interest of time efficiency this working group will be capped at a maximum of 25 participants).

FREE Event

Tickets available at this link

St Patrick’s Day Holiday Arrangements

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Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Friday 17th of March:

The SU Office, the Library, the Academic Writing Centre, the SU Cloakroom, the SU Engineering Desk, the SU Shop, the Student Health Unit, Sult, Caife na Gaeilge, and Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 11:00-15:00. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

NUI Galway commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

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NUI Galway commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Tuesday the 28th of February, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway were informed that their campaign had been a success. NUI Galway has officially committed to divest from fossil fuel shares by the end of 2017.

The CCAFS society had submitted a petition of over 1,000 signatures, and a report highlighting the case for divestment of the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil in late November. This report was welcomed by University President, Dr James Browne, who highlighted divestment of fossil fuel shares is in line with the values held by NUI Galway with regards to sustainability.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society, Director of the Fossil Free Campaign and Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer was pleased with the results so far: “It is with no small measure of delight that we announce NUI Galway’s commitment to divestment. We are extremely happy with the result and the support from Dr Browne. We are glad that this campaign has come to a conclusion, and we look forward to assisting NUI Galway in the formation of its Ethical Investment Policy”.

Students’ Union President, Jimmy McGovern, who has worked closely with the CCAFS society, added: “NUI Galway’s decision to completely divest from fossil fuels shows leadership in the right direction. This proposal began through student activism and is a prime example of why we must empower students, the future of our society, by giving them a platform to have influence and input in our University’s developments. NUI Galway has given its students that platform in this instance and we applaud them for that.”

Speaking of the University’s significant commitment to fossil fuel divestment, NUI Galway President Dr James Browne, said: “This is an important development and I am delighted that NUI Galway has taken a leadership position nationally in promoting such an ethical investment policy, including fossil fuel divestment.  I’d like to commend the students involved in CCAFS and the Students’ Union leadership who have highlighted an important global issue that impacts on climate change, social equity and a range of important ethical issues today.   Their actions and advocacy demonstrate their commitment as global citizens who will shape our planet’s future. “

Should you be interested in finding out more about divestment at a local and national level, NUI Galway will be hosting the 3rd annual Climate Congress on Divestment and Sustainable Investment on Tuesday the 21st of March. Details for the Congress can be found below.

Pictured are (left to right): Jimmy McGovern (NUI Galway Students’ Union President); Hazel Wolstenholme (CCAFS); Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President); Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS & NUIG Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer); Aoife Kervic (CCAFS); & Brendan Hallahan (CCAFS).


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SU Part Time Officer Election Results #NUIGSU17

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Part Time Officer Election Results #NUIGSU17

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Cónall Ó Corra Elected

Total Poll 794

Spoils 29

Total Valid Poll 765

Quota 383

Ó Corra 683

RON 82


Equality Officer: Clare Austick Elected

First Count:

Total Poll 812

Spoils 24

Total Valid Poll 787
Quota 394

Austick 265

Feeney 158

Hamid 213

Nolan 140

RON 11

RON & Nolan eliminated


Second Count:

Equality 2nd count

Non-transferable 81

Austick 295

Feeney 179

Hamid 232

Feeney eliminated.


Third Count:

Austick 369

Hamid 284

53 non-transferable


Societies Chairperson: Ruth Sweeney Elected

Total Valid Poll 43

Quota 22

Gallagher 7

Sweeney 33



Matures Students Officer: Eugene O’Flaherty Elected

First count:

Total Poll 787

Spoils 58

Total Valid Poll 729

Quota 365

Cunningham 330

O’ Flaherty 362

RON 37
RON eliminated


Second count:

32 Non Transferable

Cunningham 333

O’Flaherty 364


Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Sabrina Vaughan Elected

Total Poll 289

Spoils 4

Total Valid Poll 285

Quota 143

Vaughan 269

RON 16


Convenor of the College of Science: Sean Guinan Elected

Total Poll 177

Spoils 2

Total Valid Poll 175

Quota 88

Guinan 157

Ron 18


Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Sarah Murphy Elected

Total Poll 115

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 115

Quota 58

Murphy 112

Ron 3


Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics: Christopher D’Arcy-Morkan Elected

Total Poll 95

Spoils 2

Total Valid Poll 93

Quota 47

Darcy-Morkan 83

Ron 10


Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law: Fiachra Mac Suibhne Elected

Total Poll 100

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 100

Quota 51

MacSuibhne 87

RON 13

NUIG SU Election & Referendum Result 2017

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#NUIGSU17 Election & Referendum Results

President Election Result: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh Deemed Elected

1st Round:

FINN, Eoghan 624

GAFFNEY, Niall 421

MORAN, Cillian 48

Ó CURRAOIN, Diarmuid 403


RYAN, Cat 353

RON 18

Total: 3,450

Spoils: 10

Total Valid Poll: 3,440

Quota: 1,721


2nd Round:

FINN, Eoghan 630

GAFFNEY, Niall 428

Ó CURRAOIN, Diarmuid 408



3rd Round:

FINN, Eoghan 693

GAFFNEY, Niall 473

Ó CURRAOIN, Diarmuid 474



4th Round:

FINN, Eoghan 836

Ó CURRAOIN, Diarmaid 570



Vice-President/Education Officer Election Result: Andrew Forde Deemed Elected

FORDE, Andrew 1,632

MacCHONCARRAIGE, Ciarán 1,495

Total: 3,242

Spoils: 40

Total Valid Poll: 3,202

Quota: 1,602


Vice-President/Welfare Officer Election Result: Megan Reilly Deemed Elected

1st Round:

MURRAY, Sharon 968

REILLY, Megan 1,650

TIERNEY, Rebecca 537

Total: 3,259

Spoils: 57

Total Valid Poll: 3,202

Quota: 1,602

RON: 47


Referendum Result Reunification: The Referendum has passed

That NUI Galway Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland and calls on the State to hold a national referendum on the question of such reunification.”

Yes: 2,337
No: 814
Total Poll: 3,231
Spoils: 80
Total Valid Poll: 3,151

Students’ Union Council Chairperson Election Result: Emily McNamara Deemed Elected

Total: 103

Spoils: 1

Total Valid Poll: 102

Quota: 52

McNamara, Emily: 63

Taylor, Michael: 39

RON: 0



NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge for NUI Galway students and staff. 36 teams of staff and student members have so far registered to take part in the challenge which runs for the month of March. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they reach 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge. Participants have the chance of winning prizes such as action cameras, shopping vouchers and challenge goodie packs from the National Transport Authority just by walking!

The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.

The Students’ Union is also making sure that participants stay safe by staying seen while walking as they have distributed hundreds of free high visibility items from the Road Safety Authority. Participants can still register online for the challenge at

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Sneaking in a short walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from study or work.”

Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said: “In the lead up to exams it’s important that students ensure they make time for regular exercise in their schedules. Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. The Challenge is a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!”

PHOTO: (Left to Right) NUI Galway Students’ Union Staff Members: Chris Newell, Maeve Lawless, Órla O’Donoghue, Noelle McNamara, Amber Walsh-Olesen and Gareth Williams.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

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Seachtain na Gaeilge OÉG 2017

Deardaoin 2ú Márta/Thursday 2nd March

Bál na Gaeilge – Óstán Bhóthar na Trá

Ag tosú: 7pm,  Afters: 9pm

€40 do thicéad iomlán (Fáiltiú le Prosecco agus Tobar seacláide, béile 3 cúrsa agus ceol le TradSoc, Rofi James agus Dioscó san áireamh)

€20 do thicéad afters

Ticéid ar díol ag an SOX BOX

Bál na Gaeilge – Salthill Hotel

Starts: 7pm, Afters: 9pm

€40 for a full ticket (Includes Prosecco and chocolate fountain at reception, 3 course meal and music with TradSoc, Rofi James and Disco afterwards)

€20 for an afters ticket

Tickets on sale from the Socs Box

Luan 6ú Márta/Monday 2nd March

8pm Céilí Idirnáisiúnta – Sult (Béar an Choláiste)

8pm International Céili – Sult (College Bar)

Máirt 7ú Márta/Tuesday 7th March

8pm Babhláil/Leaisteanna Léasar – Planet (Bóthar Áth Cinn)

8pm Bowling/Laser Tag – Planet (Headford Road)

Céadaoin 8ú Márta/Wednesday 8th March

8pm Tráth na gceist – Sult (Béar an Choláiste)

8pm Table Quiz – Sult (College Bar)

Deardaoin 9ú Márta/Thursday 9th March

9pm Oíche na Mac Léinn – Club Arús na nGael (Sráid Dominic)

9pm Student Night – Club Arús na nGael (Dominick Street)

Beidh gach rud saor in aisce, seachas an Bál. Tá ticéid don Bhál ad fáil ar phraghas €40 (iomlán) agus €20 (afters) ón Socs Box.

All the events are comletely free, except for the Ball. Tickets for the ball are available from the Socs Box at the price of €40 for a full ticket and €20 for afters.


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Referendum on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s position on reunification of the island of Ireland

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Ireland Referendum

Referendum on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s position on reunification of the island of Ireland

On Thursday 2nd March 2017 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland and calls on the State to hold a national referendum on the question of such reunification.”

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Polling Station Details Thurs 2nd March 2017: 10am-7pm (An Bialann), 11am-8pm (Áras na Mac Léinn), 12pm-4pm (Engineering Building), 10am-8pm (Online via Remote Vote)

Reifreann ar sheasamh Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh i leith athaontú oileán na hÉireann

Déardaoin, an 2 Márta 2017, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a thacaíonn nó nach dtacaíonn Comhaltas na Mac Léinn le hathaontú oileán na hÉireann.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an moladh seo a leanas:

“Go dtacaíonn Comhaltas an Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh le hathaontú oileán na hÉireann agus go n-iarrann ar an Stát reifreann náisiúnta a reáchtáil ar cheist athaontaithe den sórt sin.”

D’iarr 500 ball de Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn an reifreann seo de bhun Alt 16 de Bhunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.

Equality Week 2017

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Foireann Comhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh


Equality Week Events

Tuesday 21st February/Dé Máirt an 21 Feabhra

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus.

6pm-8pm: Amnesty Society panel discussion on Repealing the 8th Amendment in IT125.

Wednesday 22nd February/Dé Céadaoin an 22 Feabhra

2pm-4pm: Accessibility Audit of the campus with ESN. We’ll be doing a walk around campus to identify things that should be changed; both physically and in terms of facilities, that could improve the campus for Students with Disabilities.

Thursday 23rd February/Déardaoin an 23 Feabhra

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus

11am-1pm ICTU Stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-2pm Do you work?  Do you feel that your rights are infringed? Come to the D’arcy Thompson Theatre! We have a wide range of speakers from Employment Relation representatives who will inform us of our rights.

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SU Charity Comedy Gig: Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern & Joanne McNally

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SU Charity Comedy Gig: 3 Comedians for €5! 

We are delighted to announce that our last comedy gig this year features Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern and Joanne McNally playing the O’Flaherty Theatre at 8pm on Monday 6th of March. Tickets are just €5 and all proceeds go to the SU Charities: RNLI (Galway Lifeboats) and Threshold.

Tickets on sale from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 12pm-3pm.

Credit Card sales on 091 524810.

Fred Cooke

Fred Cooke delivers a unique brand of comedy through his musical prowess and wild crafted physical story telling.

He has work on The Tommy Tiernan Show both on RTÉ and 2fm.

Fred became a regular on the highly successful RTÉ Show, The Fear. He has been seen preparing a choral sceptical surprise at a proposal in the Electric Picnic, embarrassing one of his fans at the Vodafone Comedy Festival, and proposing to an unexpected lady in Dublin City Centre.

His musical sketches are a constant hilarious success with his Republic of Telly Hidden Camera Prank reaching 1,661,213 hits on Youtube.

His collaboration on  Ireland the Musical brought him around every county in Ireland through music and surreal sketches. It now stands at over half a million views.

Fred has frequently been invited to perform at the largest and most successful festivals both here and abroad, including the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tampere Comedy Festival in Finland, London Irish Comedy Festival, Kells Hay Festival, Mayo Summer Festival, The Trim Satire Festival.

He has supported his comedy hero, Ardal O’Hanlon on his massive nationwide tour. He has also performed alongside such high profile acts as Tommy Tiernan, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Dara O Brian, Ross Noble, Kevin Bridges, Sarah Millican, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere and Des Bishop.

Fred Cooke has rapidly become a unique stand-up delivering a style of comedy that simply cannot be imitated.

He made his debut on English television with the second series of the BBCShow  Vexed.

Fred has already contributed to a variety of successful Irish TV shows, both as a writer and performer, including RTE’s The Fear, Republic of Telly, The Savage Eye, The Cafe (as The Crazy Chef), Watch Your Language (The Mad Professor), The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty, and The Liffey Laughs.

He has also regularly been the warm-up act for many different television chat shows including The Late Late Show, The Podge and Rodge Show, The Republic of Telly, The Craig Doyle Show.

He is also involved with the writing and production of the musical sell-out comedy: City West Side Story.


Kevin McGahern


Originally from Cavan, Kevin first began performing stand up in 2009 before joining the popular television series The Hardy Bucks on RTÉ 2 as Simcard. After featuring in a number of sketches on the show, Kevin took over as host of Republic of Telly, initially alongside Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Maguire before flying solo in 2015.


As well as performing in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the International Bar in Dublin, he has performed in a number of festivals including Galway Comedy Carnival, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2013, he toured with his show 2 Grown Men alongside fellow comedian Edwin Sammon.


He presented the documentary Kevin McGahern’s Fast & Furious for RTÉ in 2015. His laid back style was praised for his open mindedness and sense of curiosity.

Kevin has featured in the films Flat Lake (2013) and Portrait of a Zombie(2012). He also co-wrote the play The Devil’s Céilí with Philip Doherty, which won Best Play at the All Ireland Drama Festival in 2014.


Joanne McNally


Joanne McNally, Ireland’s fastest rising comedy star, recently finished a national tour of her show Separated at Birth which she co-wrote with PJ Gallagher and in less than a year in the business, became the new co-host of RTE’s Republic Of Telly and also sold out her first solo stand up show. In 2016, Joanne performed Bite Me at the Dublin Fringe Festival, which was nominated for a number of Fringe Awards including Best Performer.


Joanne has numerous TV credits to her name including The Late Late ShowThe Seven O’Clock ShowThe Afternoon ShowTotes 2014Panti Does 2015Ireland AMTwo Tube and The Commute for RTÉ.


She is a regular on the airwaves with a weekly agony aunt slot on 2FM’s The Chris and Ciara Show and has also been heard on RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy Show, Today FM’s Alison Curtis Show, Spin’s Spin Talk, 98FM’s Ray Foley Show and 4FM’s Saturday Show.

She regularly performs in comedy clubs around Ireland as well as at many of the major festivals including Kilkenny Cat Laughs, the Vodafone Comedy Festival and Body & Soul.

Joanne is also a freelance writer and has written for the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine, U Mag, BASH Magazine and The Sunday Times.