What’s on in Galway this Summer:
NUI Galway Sports Forum 10am-1pm Saturday 28th June FREE event!
Colours Fringe Festival 1st – 8th July 2014
A Place To Be 3rd July 2014
Galway Film Fleadh 8th – 13th July 2014
Westside Arts Festival 9th – 12th July 2014
Galway Fringe Festival 12th – 28th July 2014
Galway Aquathon Festival 19th July 2014
Galway International Arts Festival 14th – 27th July 2014
Galway Tech Meet-Up with Paul Kenny CEO of Cobone/Triperna 8pm-10pm Thursday 24th July in the College Bar NUI Galway FREE Event!
Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 28th July- Sunday 3rd August 2014
SU Beginners/Improvers & Intermediate 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 31st July – Thursday 18th September. Just €40! Sign up in the SU Office NOW – places limited.
Visit an OPW Heritage Site for FREE Weds 6th August 2014
Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara 8th – 10th August 2014
Streets of Galway 8k Race 9th August 2014
Galway Community Pride Festival Mon 18th – Sunday 24th August 2014
Galway Heritage Week 23rd– 31st August 2014
Lots of these festivals need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!
There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE website for volunteering opportunities.
Stay tuned to all the Galway Festival action on Galway Festival Radio 101.3 FM
If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2014/15. Start your countdown!
NUI Galway Students’ Union Celebrates 50 Years
On Saturday 7th June 2014 over 120 current and former Students’ Union Officers, Staff, journalists, colleagues and friends gathered in The Students’ Union Club (College Bar) to celebrate the Union turning 50. Liam Kelleher a member of the 1964/65 Students’ Union Executive Committee was present on the night having served alongside President Michael D. Higgins 50 years ago. A special anniversary publication was produced to mark the occassion “SinChaint” with contributions from former editors of Sin and Coolchaint newspapers, NUI Galway Alumni and former Officers from the Students’ Union.
Incoming Students’ Union President for 2014/15 Declan Higgins spoke at the event acknowledging the amazing work done by the Students’ Union Officers over the last 50 years to make the SU what it is today. The Students’ Union motto “An injury to one is an injury to all” continues to reflect the work of the Students’ Union on behalf of it’s 17,000 members today.
Pictured: Liam Kelleher SU Vice-Secretary 1964/65 and Catherine Breslin SU Vice-President/Education Officer 2013/14
A 27-year-old NUI, Galway graduate is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident last October.
Geraldine Lavelle, Castlebar, Co Mayo suffered a spinal fracture that left her paralysed from her chest down. Having spent several weeks in the Mater Hospital in Dublin, where she underwent major surgeries on her neck and spine, Geraldine is currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital undergoing intensive rehabilitation for the past seven months.
Geraldine is a recent graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, having attained a first class honours M.Sc. degree in Neuroscience, as well as a first class Bachelor of Science honours undergraduate degree in Physiology.
Employed as a diagnostic technologist for Abbott Diagnostic Division in County Longford, she is a keen fitness and sports person. Geraldine, a TEC qualified gym instructor, is highly passionate about many sporting activities including cycling, running, kickboxing and yoga. The winner of gold and silver medals for kickboxing at the World Martial Arts Peace Games and World Championships in Italy, Geraldine is keen to continue maintaining an active sports life.
Geraldine has consistently achieved beyond the expectations of her medical and physiotherapy team. Family and friends revealed ‘Geraldine’s determination and willpower is inspirational to see’. Despite undergoing intensive rehabilitation, she participated at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Games in England at the start of April and won a silver medal. As a testament to her strength of character, Geraldine was also awarded the ‘Marchday Shield Award‘ at this international competition. This award is presented to one competitor for ‘overall outstanding achievement and endeavour’ across all sporting events at these games.
Refusing to accept her medical prognosis, she stated her number one goal is to walk again one day. In order to achieve this objective, Geraldine and her family are looking into innovative treatments and procedures internationally, which could further enhance her mobility and recovery in the future. In the meantime, Geraldine is keen to return to the life she had prior to her accident. However, this will require massive effort on her part in terms of intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy, specialised equipment and communications technology, as well as enormous physical, moral and financial support. A major fundraising campaign has now been launched to raise money for her recovery
Friends and family of Geraldine, in conjunction with support from political, media, sporting and business groups, have launched a special fundraising campaign. The first major fundraising event will be a social night, called ‘A Mid-Summer’s Night Party for Geraldine’, which is taking place in the Welcome Inn Hotel in Castlebar, on Saturday, June 21st, at 9.00 p.m. Tickets are €10 and are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm.
There is a major fundraising golf AM AM for The Geraldine Lavelle Trust taking place onThursday June 12th, Friday June 13th, Saturday June 14th in Castlebar Golf Club. Teams of four will compete over 18 holes for major prizes.
For further details on tickets for either of these events please see the Geraldine Lavelle Trust website (https://www.thegeraldinelavelletrust.com/events.) Alternatively, please contact the fundraising committee members by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thegeraldinelavelletrust).
If you wish to contribute directly to the Geraldine Lavelle Trust, please go to the website (see https://www.thegeraldinelavelletrust.com/donations.). There are a number of ways people can contribute including a PayPal link and an idonate option, as well as details on how to contribute by cheques, bank giros and draft options.
All contributions are greatly appreciated and will go directly towards Geraldine’s recovery and rehabilitation.