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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2017

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2017

Seachtain Chomhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2017

Monday 16th October/Dé Luain an 16 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-2pm “Creating Inclusion” the official launch event for Social Inclusion Week in Tribeton, Merchants Road, Galway

12pm-2pm Look out for the EqualiTeam in green t-shirts handing out rainbow badges all around campus to show support to the LGBT+ community.

8:15pm – 9:15pm Talk on Marriage Equality in the North in AC202. Discussion about issues faced by people living in Northern Ireland alongside brainstorming on how we can help.

Tuesday 17th October/Dé Máirt an 17 Deireadh Fómhair

12pm-2pm Equality Week disability information stand at Smokey’s Café. Call up for a chat.

7pm-9pm Writer’s Soc/Fem Soc collaboration in the Dillon Theatre. Rewrite/personalise your favourite stories to bring a little more diversity to today’s popular fiction! Take your favourite stories and remake the characters to be more inclusive.

Wednesday 18th October/Dé Céadaoin an 18 Deireadh Fómhair

1pm-5pm ”Step outside your defining box” to see beyond the ”labels” and celebrate everyone’s diversity. Meeting point at Galway Yellow, outside the Arts/Science concourse. Then, we will paint our hands in different colours and print them on a sheet. Messages of welcome to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and international students can be written on the handprints.

Thursday 19th October/Déardaoin an 19 Deireadh Fómhair

12pm-2pm Look out for the EqualiTeam in green t-shirts who will be handing out Repeal the 8th Amendment badges. Stop us to ask any questions.

5pm Choice Soc will have speakers talking about why they are pro-choice and what repealing the 8th Amendment means to them. All are welcome in AC201.

7pm-till late A Stevening with Steven Sharpe & Steve Bennett at Sult. FREE Admission, songs, comedy, games, guests and surprises.

All Week

Tompax (Time of the Month packs) available at the SU office & the SU Engineering desk throughout the week.

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NUIG SU Mental Health Week 2017

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2017

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2017

Monday 9th October / Dé Luain, an 9 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-2pm SU Mental Health Stand at Smokey’s Café.  Tell us what Mental Health means to you, the good, bad and the in between.

8pm SU Comedy with Neil Delamere and Gearóid Farrelly in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5.

Tuesday 10th October / Dé Máirt, an 10 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment.

6pm-8pm Jigsaw FREE Mental Health 5 A Day Talk followed by Q&A in AC204.

Wednesday 11th October / Dé Céadaoin, an 11 Deireadh Fómhair

1pm-2pm #loveyourmug ceramic take-away mug decorating workshop in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn. FREE mugs for first 10 people/€5 reduced rate thereafter.

2pm-4pm FREE Mind Hacks workshop on building resilience and managing stress in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces. Sign up in the SU Office.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment.

Thursday 12th October / Déardaoin, an 12 Deireadh Fómhair

7pm Be a Spark in the Dark: Join us on the President’s Lawn to bring some light into the darkness.

8pm-10pm “Inside Out” FREE Movie in the Thomas Dillon Theatre

All week: Positive pebbles around campus, handmade by the Welfare Crew, look out for them and if you find one, feel free to take it as a keepsake.

“I am not defined by” campaign. Look out for our “I am not defined by” video, as well as badges from our Welfare Crew.

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#littlethings is a mental health and wellbeing campaign. It highlights that there are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.

If you need any support or information please contact any of the following people: 

Chaplaincy Service 091 495 055

Counselling Service 091 492 427

Student Health Unit 091 492 604

SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly 091 492 747

Jigsaw Galway 091 549 252

Samaritans Free phone 116 123

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well

Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

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Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! LGBT Galway this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’s fundraising events will include a Christmas Day fundraiser in November and a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in November!

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €15,400 raised during the year”

Domestic Violence Response is a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic violence in Galway County.

Elizabeth Power of Domestic Violence Response said: “NUI Galway students will be making a direct positive impact on the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds in Galway City and County as our service provides a lifeline for women and children who struggle to cope with abuse in their lives.”

AMACH! is a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county.

Maria Molloy, Chairperson, of AMACH! LGBT Galway said: “AMACH! LGBT Galway are delighted and honoured to have been chosen for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Fund.  Money raised by the students will allow the continued growth of Teach Solais, LGBT+ resource centre, a health promotion hub and social space for members of the LGBT+ and the wider community to utilise.”

Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirers at SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe

NUI Galway Is On The March!

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NUI Galway Is On The March!

Join us to march for publicly funded education and investment in the grant on Wednesday the 4th of October in Dublin and don’t take no for an answer.

Education Is… Is a USI campaign calling on the Irish government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third level education model. An income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding. This system will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education.

€2 return bus tickets to the march on sale from the Students’ Union Office and Students’ Union Engineering Desk. NUI Galway student ID required.

Bus departs Galway 9am Wednesday 4th of October from The Cathedral. Return to Galway at 7pm (approx).

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents Neil Delamere & Gearóid Farrelly

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents Neil Delamere & Gearóid Farrelly

Our next €5 comedy gig is at 8pm on Monday 9th of October and features Neil Delamere and Gearóid Farrelly in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now from the Students’ Union Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Students’ Union Engineering Building Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Neil Delamere
Neil Delamere is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, having presented Neil Delamere’s Just For Laughs and Republic of Telly as well as featuring on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Stand Up For The Week and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. He is known to audiences for his appearances on RTE’s The Panel and BBC’s The Blame Game. Neil currently hosts a weekly show on Today FM called Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best. He wrote and presented the series of documentaries Holding Out for A Hero for RTE, which garnered an Irish Film and Television Award. Neil has performed at Vicar Street in Dublin, Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he performed Bookmarks and Crème Delamere. His tours have included The Fresh Prince of Delamere and CTRL + ALT + DELAMERE.
“You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic”*****The Scotsman

Gearóid Farrelly
Gearóid Farelly is a polished live performer. He is a regular at Irish festivals including Vodafone Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic, Halloween Howls, Galway Comedy Festival and is a regular touring support to some of the comedy’s top names including the late Joan Rivers in Dublin and the UK. His comedy career got off to a flying start in 2008, when in the space of a few short weeks he was a finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival and winner of Bulmers Nuthin Butt Funny Newcomer competition at the Bulmers Festival in Dublin. His stand-up appearances for television include Stand & Deliver, The Panel, Tonight With Craig Doyle and Dave’s One Night Stand. Gearóid is probably best known for playing PJ Gallagher’s conjoined-twin in Meet Your Neighbours. On radio he has a weekly slot with Neil Delamere on Today FM.
“Intelligent, reflective comedy” Irish Times
“Quick and Snappy” The Skinny

NUI Galway Students’ Union Encourages Students to use free STI Clinic

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Encourages Students to use free STI Clinic

NUI Galway Students’ Union is encouraging new and returning students to use the free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic in the NUI Galway Student Health Unit. The Students’ Union secured funding for the Clinic two years ago and the Clinic is available 5pm-7pm every Tuesday and Wednesday evening by appointment. The STI Clinic will have extended hours during the Union’s SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week campaigns.

The rates of STI’s in Ireland is still greatest among the under 25 age bracket. There are 25 different types of STI’s which include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and pubic lice. Many people with STI’s do not display symptoms which is why it is so important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STI’s can have long term complications such as infertility and can be passed on even when you don’t display any symptoms.

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections throughout the year by distributing free condoms and running their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week campaigns.

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “It is vital that sexual health issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly. We are delighted with the uptake at the free STI Clinic so far and encourage all NUI Galway students to use this great facility.”


“Mind Hacks” Free Workshop on Handling Stress and Building Resilience

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“Mind Hacks” Free Workshop on Handling Stress & Building Resilience

On Wednesday 11th of October 2pm-4pm there will be a free workshop on handling stress and building resilience facilitated by Helplink Support Services in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn.

The workshop approach and techniques are based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a modern, evidence-based psychological model of contextual behavioural science.

Workshop Content Part 1: A Short Introduction to Stress

Workshop Content Part 2: Introducing a model view of ourselves – Advisor, Noticer and Discover with an experiential exercise.

Workshop Content Part 3: Practical Methods to manage stressful or difficult situations

Workshop Content Part 4: Values: Find out what you care about the most

The workshop is FREE but there’s a €5 refundable deposit to secure your space.

Sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm 

FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE: Mind Hacks Workshop Outline


€2 Bus Tickets to March for Choice in Dublin – SOLD OUT 28/09/17

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€2 Bus Tickets to March for Choice in Dublin – SOLD OUT 28/09/17

We will be selling €2 return bus tickets for NUI Galway students wishing to travel to the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday 30th of September 2017. Bus tickets are for NUI Galway students only and will be on sale from the Students’ Union office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

The bus leaves from the Quad at 9.30am sharp and will be returning from St Stephen’s Green at 5pm sharp on Saturday 30th of September.

We will assemble at the Garden of Rememberance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm and then march to Dáil Éireann at 2pm.

These buses are for NUI Galway students only and NUI Galway student ID will be required to buy tickets and to board the buses.

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1,250 New NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register

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1,250 New NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register

A Voter Registration Drive by NUI Galway Students’ Union has resulted in over 1,250 students being added to the register of electors. The campaign sought to target first year students during orientation events to get them signed up to vote.

The campaign was spearheaded by the Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer, Megan Reilly and the Vice-President/Education Officer Andrew Forde. They were assisted by volunteers including Alex Coughlan and Patricia O’Mahony in particular, who both worked tirelessly across campus to register students.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “We are delighted to have registered so many students to vote thus far and we plan on registering many more throughout the year. With a referendum on the horizon and a possible general election soon, it is crucial that the student voice is heard. We want to encourage students to be active participants at all levels of society, and we know how important the student vote is, as was seen in the Marriage Equality referendum.”

PICTURED (Left to Right): Andrew Forde (NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer), Patricia O’Mahony (student volunteer) and Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUI Galway Students’ Union President)

NUIG SU Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy at 8pm on Monday 18th September in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

Tickets are €5 and are on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Warning: This show is not for the easily offended!
Get your tickets quick as this is always a sell out event!