December 2013

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Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin


Haigh gach éinne,

Is mise Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin, bhur nOifigeach Gaeilge i mbliana. Is cainteoir duchais mé ó iarthar Chiarraí agus táim i mbun céim BA sa chumarsáid in Acadamh na hOllscoilaíochta Gaeilge faoi láthair.

Agus mé ag obair le Comhaltas na Mac Léinn agus na Cumainn Gaelach, sí an príomh aidhm atá agam i mbliana ná cuir chun cinn labhairt na Gaolainne sa champas. Tá súil agam ócáidí mór a eagrú a thabharfaidh seans do gaeilgeoirí agus iad siúd atá ag foghlaim bualadh le chéile agus aithne a chuir air a chéile, chomh maith le píosa craic a bheith acu.
Ná bíodh drogall oraibh riamh dul i dteagmháil liom!


Tá Oifigeach na Gaeilge freagrach as na rudaí seo a leanas:

  • Promoting the use and awareness of the Irish language and Irish culture within the Union’s membership
  • Providing assistance and advice to the Irish language societies on campus
  • Developing and reviewing Irish language policy for the Union
  • To foster a genuine appreciation for Irish on campus while working with other organisations e.g. Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Providing opportunities for students to engage with the Irish language and culture
  • Representing students on University committees
  • Ensuring the Executive Committee are fully informed of and comply with their constitutional obligations to the Irish language An tOifigeach na Gaeilge is elected at the part-timer elections in March. It is required that he/she is proficient in the Irish language.

Past campaigns have included:
Seachtain na Gaeilge on campus
Lobbying the University for bi-lingual resources for all students
Working with USI to further the interests of the Irish language on a national level
Also see: Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Tuairisc Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2012

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Déan teagmháil léi

Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Fón: 087 9513967


SU Weekly Email 5th December 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union!

Reading Room 
It has come to our attention that some students are leaving their belongings including jackets, books and notes at desks in the reading room overnight and not returning to their desk until late morning or in some cases late evening. Students who are not at their desk for longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 06:00 until 09:00 can have their belongings set aside by other students and some staff who will be occasionally monitoring the area. 
The onus is on you if you leave your belongings unattended as this is a 24hour facility and can be accessed by any student at any time. 
Also for the cleaners to be able to carry out their role and maintain the upkeep of the room could all students have their belongings removed from their desk when they enter for their half an hour from 05:45 – 06:15.

The 24 Hour Reading Room runs until Friday 13 December.

Learn Something New in 2014

Enrolment is now open in the Students’ Union for the following Life Skills courses in 2014:

$1·         Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 30th Jan 9am-1pm €40 (usual price €70)

$1·         Occupational First Aid 3 day Course Fri 21st Feb, Fri 28th Feb & Fri 7th Mar 9am-5.30pm €100 (usual price €200)

$1·         10 Week Basic Sign Language Course Course A: Tues 28th Jan – Tues 1st April 12pm-1pm. Course B: Tues 28th Jan – Tues 1st April 1pm-2pm. Course C: Weds 29th Jan – Weds 2nd April 6pm-7pm€40 (usual price €70)

Further Information on Courses.

Operation Santa – Christmas Toy Appeal Deadline Mon 9th Dec
You are invited to contribute to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal. If you have any unused toys please drop them off at the Students’ Union office, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. They will be donated to St Vincent de Paul’s ‘Operation Santa’, which assists Irish families struggling this Christmas. The deadline for donation isthis Monday, 9 December.

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Aras Uí Chathail Theatre                  Sat 30 Nov – Tuesday 10 Dec (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students will close for Christmas at 17:00 on Friday 6th December 2013

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.


Sin Issue 6 Out Now

The last issue of Sin for 2013 is available to read online now here.If you want to get involved with the paper in 2014 they will be meeting every Thursday 6pm-7pm in AC215 on the Concourse or you can contact the Editor Jess on

No Mobile Phones in Exams

Mobile phones will not be tolerated inside exam halls during exams. The best option is to leave it at home before you come in for your exam. If it is left with your belongings outside of the exam hall the University holds no responsibility for items stolen. Students found to have mobile phones in the exam will have them confiscated and be fined €20. Confiscated phones can be collected from the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí Chathail. More information on exam rules and regulations is available here.

Amnesty International conference “Stand up against gender-based violence” Tonight

6.30pm Thursday December 5th in Room AC203, Arts Concourse More Information.

Exams & ID Cards

Make sure you bring your ID card with you and place it on your desk during your exam for inspection. If you do not present your current ID card you will be fined €30. If you have misplaced or lost your ID card, you can get it replaced at the Student Information Desk, Áras Uí Chathail for a fee of €30. During the Exam period the Student Information Desk will be open 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00 Monday to Friday.


116000 Missing Children’s Hotline

ISPCC Childline is one of the charities that we are supporting in 2013/14. Each time you buy an SU Charity Calendar for €5 you are supporting the important work this charity does. Please share this new short movie to raise awareness for their 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline. The Hotline aims to provide advice and support to both young people and adults regarding the issue of missing children 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This powerful short movie highlights just one scenario that could occur when a child goes missing.


Greifswald International Students Festival “Lost in Consumption – Rethinking Economy”. 
In June 2014 we will conduct our seventh international students’ festival in Germany. More than 100 students from all over Europe will get together to exchange views on global themes and get to know one another. The application phase is already running and will end on the 15th of January, 2014. Accommodation and food will be provided – students just need to be over 18 and able to pay to travel to the event. A small travel support budget is also available. More detailed information about the festival and its programme can be found here

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.