March 2017

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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



SU Weekly Email 24 – 2nd March 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

VOTE TODAY! SU Elections & Referendum #NUIGSU17

  • 10am-7pm An Bhialann NUI Galway
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-4pm Engineering Building
  • 10am-8pm On SU Website if you registered for remote vote

Elect your President, VP/Education & VP/Welfare and vote in the Referendum on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s position on reunification of the island of Ireland. Don’t forget to bring your NUIG ID! We will be counting the votes tomorrow Friday 3rd March from 9.30am in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn for follow #NUIGSU17 for Twitter updates.


Part Time SU Officers Elections

Nominations are now CLOSED for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors. The election takes place next Thursday 9th of March.

As no nominations forms were received for the positions of Clubs’ Captain and Postgraduate Officer we will be reopening nominations shortly for these positions. For more information contact


3 Comedians for €5 this MONDAY!

Our last SU Comedy Gig of the year is on at 8pm on Monday 6th of March and features Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern AND Joanne McNally all for €5. Tickets are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk and all proceeds go to the SU charities: RNLI (Galway Lifeboats) and Threshold.


Strike 4 Repeal NUIG 
12pm Weds 8th March


Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)


Seachtain na Gaeilge OÉG 2017

Deardaoin 2ú Márta Bál na Gaeilge – Óstán Bhóthar na Trá

Luan 6ú Márta Céilí Idirnáisiúnta – Sult (Béar an Choláiste)

Máirt 7ú Márta Babhláil/Leaisteanna Léasar – Planet (Bóthar Áth Cinn)

Céadaoin 8ú Márta Tráth na gceist – Sult (Béar an Choláiste)

Deardaoin 9ú Márta Oíche na Mac Léinn – Club Arús na nGael (Sráid Dominic)

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó:


Feeling Repealing: Student Lobbying and Political Engagement 101

6pm-8pm Tuesday 14th March in AMB-G065 Training Room 1 (Arts Millennium Building). FREE event.

Registration: Email before 5pm Friday 10th March


New SU Council Chair Elected

Your SU Council Chair for 2017/18 is Emily McNamara who will take office on the 1st of July. Congrats Emily! To find out who else will be joining Emily to represent you watch our vote count in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn tomorrow from 9.30am.


NUIG Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm TODAY!

We’ll be filling our HUGE VINTAGE SALE, with only the best ON TREND 80s+90s wavy garms at teeny tiny prices! We’ll be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportswear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts…. +so much more!

Vodafone visit Thursday 9th March

Vodafone X is on campus next Thursday 9th March in Áras na Mac Léinn. Pop down to check out Ireland’s BEST EVER STUDENT OFFER, get some free treats and be in with the chance to win an iPhone – search Vodafone X for more.


Read Sin Election Special Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email


Need Help?

With Writing – The Academic Writing Centre

With Maths – SUMS

With Computer Programming – Computer DISC

With Anything – The SU Grinds Register

Give Blood in Galway

5pm-8.30pm Tues 7th, Weds 8th & Thurs 9th March and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 12th March in The Clybaun Hotel.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 14th, Weds 15th & Thurs 16th March Menlo Park Hotel


SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can sign up in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card. The course cost is €40.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May


Apply for EXPLORE – €900 funding available

EXPLORE brings students and staff together to bring new ideas to life. There is  €900 funding available for successful projects.

More info at and follow us @EXPLOREnuigsu


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include

  • Bristol Myers Squibb – Company Presentation
  • CV Workshop for Engineers
  • NYQuest Camp Canada Experience Programme – Presentation
  • Engineering LinkedIn
  • Citi: Women in Technology
  • Pop Up CV Clinic
  • Energy Night
  • Your Life… Your Career… Your Choice!

For more information and to register visit


Enter the Academic Writing Centre Twitter Competition

The competition is open to everyone at NUIG and involves shortening long sentences.

This week’s sentences can be found at @AwcNuig and

The deadline is Friday 3rd March, and the prize is €5. Don’t forget to visit the AWC to get help with your essays and reports.


Female Research Participants Required for study: Driving & Managing Multiple Tasks

FREE €5 ‘An Bhialann’ Voucher

I am a postgraduate Psychology student looking for female participants to take part in my study. As part of my final year project, I am investigating the management of multiple tasks during a simulated drive. Participation is open to females between 18 and 24 years of age, with a minimum provisional driving licence and at least one year’s driving experience.

For further details, contact:


CampusCreate is back next week with lots of Creative Challenges to get your imagination going!

Register now at


Student Connect Mentor Positions now Recruiting

If you found student connect helpful when coming to NUIG last September why not give back by volunteering to be a mentor this year.  You can apply at:  To be a mentor you need to attend a short training course.  You have the choice of attending on Wednesday 22nd March or Tuesday 28th March.

Student Connect is the only truly student led programme in the University.  It’s also the biggest club on campus so why not volunteer! Mentor Leaders and mentors arrange social events throughout the year for 1st years, inform 1st years of what’s happening on campus and make changes to the programme to meet the needs of first year students.


NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy

The NUI Galway Draft Sustainability Strategy has just been launched. Please find it here

Student input to the draft strategy is hugely important.  Please read the document and send  your comments, opinions and ideas to by 5pm on Wednesday 15th of March. 

To find out more please visit our Drop In Clinic on 10am-3pm on Thursday 9th of  March in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn.


Survey: Student Housing Crisis Galway City

A study to examine a lack of student housing made available in Galway City

For more information contact


Marchathon 2017 – The 10,000 Step Challenge STARTS Weds 1st March

Win action cameras, shopping vouchers, travel cups, t-shirts, jumpers and lots more! You can still register at:

For more details


Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore


THE BRAIN CAFE: Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

This year, the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference takes place on the 4th of April 2017 at NUI Galway. This event offers an excellent opportunity for students to not only develop research skills and present their ideas in an academic and friendly environment, but to also explore their curiosity and learn about other research ideas. Expand on an already submitted work or look for a new gap in the research field, we want to hear from you! All Undergraduate Students are welcome, from all disciplines. Digital badges will be awarded to those who attend, present and organise. A perfect touch on your CV while you grow, explore and learn new research skills.

Whether you’re interested in organizing, presenting or attending the conference, please sign up here: or contact us:



#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Book yourself in for a treatment, your body will thank you for it! Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50

Every Monday in the small acoustic room (in by the SocsBox) while the wellness room is being renovated. Call or text Mick on 086 837 8589 to book.


Contact Us

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

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

News & Events

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.