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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.


SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week 2017

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2017

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2017

Monday 6th of February/Dé Luain, an 6 Feabhra

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Deposit Required.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

7pm-9pm FREE Movie: Dallas Buyers Club with popcorn and discussion afterwards in Dillon Theatre

8pm-10pm Draiocht Society Comedy Hypnotist in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 from Socs Box.

Tuesday 7th of February/Dé Máirt, an 7 Feabhra

10am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s

3pm-6pm Pop Up Hair Braiding Stand at Smokey’s. All donations to the SU Charities.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Wednesday 8th of February/ Dé Céadaoin, an 8 Feabhra

10am-6pm SHAG Week Information Stand at Smokey’s

1pm-2.30pm Smart Consent Workshop in The Stage, Áras na Mac Léinn. FREE Course with FREE Pizza/lunch. Limited spaces.

2.30pm-4pm Smart Consent Workshop in The Stage, Áras na Mac Léinn. FREE Course with FREE Pizza/lunch. Limited spaces.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in Sult. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed and free passes for Traffic Light Party. NUI Galway student ID required.

11pm till late Traffic Light Party in 44. Get your sticker: Red means you are unavailable, Orange means you could be convinced and Green means you’re a single Pringle looking to mingle! Over 18’s ID required. €5 or FREE if you go to the Dirty Circus!

Thursday 9th of February/Déardaoin, an 9 Feabhra

12pm-2pm Smart Consent Workshop in the SU Boardroom. FREE Course with FREE Pizza/lunch. Limited spaces. Sign up in the SU Office.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Friday 10th of February/Déardaoin, an 10 Feabhra

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities The RNLI and Threshold.

All Week: STInder Poster exhibit in the foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn, Arts Millennium and Engineering Buildings.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

We are delighted to welcome back David O’Doherty to NUI Galway at 8pm on Monday 13th of February 2017 in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of jokes and songs. David has spent the summer on tour in America with Flight of the Conchords, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and this is the Irish debut of his new show. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

€5 Tickets on sale from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 12pm-2pm.


SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2017

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SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 25/01/17

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 18th of February 2017 in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: The RNLI & Threshold.

You can sign up by emailing or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk.

Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Please note that you must raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the Climb.
All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Wednesday 15th February 2017

You can set up an online fundraising page HERE once you are registered.
Timetable for Saturday 18th February 2017
9.30am Bus Leaves from the Quad
11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.
11.30am Climb Begins
1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick
2pm Descent begins
4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick
5.30pm Bus arrives at the Quad

What You Need
Before you can board the bus, you must have all of the following:
Walking boots (with ankle support!)
PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.
Trousers (not jeans)
Waterproofs (not Ponchos)
Hat and Gloves
Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)
Spare Clothes and Shoes


What Will You Do in 2017?

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What Will You Do in 2017?
*Learn Sign Language
SU Sign Language 10 Week course starts 24th January
*Have the Best Summer Ever
SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Wednesday 25th January
*Raise Money For Charity
SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 4th February for the RNLI & Threshold. Email to volunteer
*Run For Election
SU Election Nominations open Thursday 16th February
*Learn To Save Lives
SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST
*Climb A Mountain
SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb Saturday 18th February

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NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2017

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The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2017 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 25th January 2017 in Áras na Mac Léinn with talks/presentations taking place 12pm-5pm in The View. 

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer!

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

AIESEC Ireland – International Volunteering and Internships

ALIVE  – The NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering

Amba France /Campus France – The French Embassy in Ireland

Bank Of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland – Summer Camp and resort jobs in the USA

Concern – Launching Concern World Champions competition.

Cultural Care Au Pair – Au Pair opportunities in the USA.

Global Citizen Award – EIL Intercultural learning a non-profit Irish company providing intercultural learning opportunities.

SAYIT – Plan your J1 summer.

Partnership International – Global Internships.

Serve  – Development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty.

USIT  – Plan your J1 summer.

Food Stalls: 

Brown Bag Donuts

Joachim’s German Bratwurst

Men at Wok

Mick’s Crepes

Presentations in The View Upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn: 

12pm-1pm Cultural Care Au Pair: 12 Months with a family in America.

1pm-2pm Campus France: Higher Education in France: Discover French Education and Joie de Vivre! Campus France is in charge of promoting higher education and helping students to apply for French higher education institutions. Campus France Ireland is here to inform and guide you through your choices of training, help you to apply for an university or a grande école and reply to any of your questions. Do not hesitate to visit us!

2pm-3pm SAYIT Travel – All you need to know for your J1 Summer 2017!

3pm-4pm USIT: J1 Information Talk

4pm-5pm Partnership International: Global Internships

Notice of By-Election

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Notice of By-Election

We will be holding a by-election to fill the recently vacated part-time officer post of Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer.

  • Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 12th of January. Nomination forms will be available from the SU & SU website
  • Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 18th of January. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.
  • Election Day: 11am-3pm Thursday 26th of January. Please note only registered Postgrad students may vote in this election but all students can run for this position.

If you are interested in running for this position please contact Jimmy on for more information.

The Postgraduate Officer is responsible for developing Students’ Union policy on postgraduate issues and lobbying for improved induction, training, services and facilities for postgraduate students. They work closely with the Vice-President/Education Officer on postgraduate related issues and encourages postgraduate involvement in the Union and in University life.

NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

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NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Wednesday the 30th of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway, along with the Students’ Union President, Jimmy McGovern, met with NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne, to discuss the divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by NUI Galway. Dr Browne applauded the efforts made by the CCAFS Society in highlighting and engaging with the university on the issue, indicating that he is committed to the divestment of fossil fuel shares.

In early November 2016, the CCAFS society 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. Dr Browne welcomed the report, and acknowledged that divestment of these fossil fuel shares is in line with the values held by NUI Galway with regard to sustainability. In pledging his support Dr Browne also indicated that he had spoken to a number of staff and students on the matter, and feels there is a real appetite for divestment. A motion for divestment will be tabled early in the New Year, which will seek full divestment of fossil fuel shares, and the implementation of an ethical investment policy.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign was delighted with a significant and positive step towards divestment:

We are thrilled with the response so far from Dr Browne, and see today’s result as a significant step towards divestment. We are looking forward to announcing NUI Galway’s commitment to divestment, and implementation of an ethical investment policy in February. We are hopeful that successes here, and in Trinity College, are the beginning of a cascade effect among Irish Universities.”

Following the meeting with CCAFS, Dr Browne congratulated the student society and the Students’ Union for its commitment to the issue of fossil fuel divestment saying:

“It is important for students to consider their role as global citizens who will shape our planet’s future.  By advocating for an ethical policy on institutional investment, the CCAFS society and the Students’ Union leadership are highlighting an important global issue which impacts on climate change, social equity and a range of important ethical issues today.  I look forward to working with our students to promote a transparent and ethical investment policy at NUI Galway, including fossil fuel divestment.”

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); Aoife Kervic (CCAFS); & Brendan Hallahan (CCAFS).


Should you like to get further information please contact:

Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS Society

086 275 8527