Lorna Shanley


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

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NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Threshold and the RNLI 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 December!

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern 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 €22,500 raised during the year”

Threshold works to prevent homelessness and campaigns for housing as a right.

Diarmaid O’Sullivan of Threshold said: “Threshold is delighted to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from NUI Galway Students’ Union fundraising activities for the 2016/7 academic year. The funds raised will help Threshold keep families in their homes and prevent homelessness.”

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

Mike Swan, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Galway Lifeboat Station said: “We’re so thankful to the NUI Galway Students’ Union for choosing us as one of their two charities this year. There are so many organisations doing good work in the volunteering and charity sector and we are honoured to be singled out by the Students’ Union. Some of our volunteer crew are students and graduates of Galway colleges so we are all delighted to benefit from the SU’s excellent fundraising initiatives this academic year and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirer at SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe
For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

NUI Galway Mental Health Week 2016

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Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte OÉ Gaillimh 2016

Sunday 2nd October/Domhnach, an 2 Deireadh Fómhair

1pm & 9pm Our Faith and Our Mental Health Mass in the Chapel

Monday 3rd October/Dé Luain, an 3 Deireadh Fómhair

All Day look out for the Positive Pebbles across campus.

All Day #MondayMassage reduced rate massage. To book contact 086 8378589

9am-12pm French Soc FREE “petit déjeuner” French breakfast morning in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn

9am-10am FREE Beginners Contemporary Dance Class in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn

11am-1pm Brunch with GiGSoc in The Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn

11am-5pm DramSoc & GUMS Free Hugs around campus

1pm Launch of Mind, Body & Soul Collection in the Library with speakers from Connacht Rugby squad

4pm-6pm DramSoc Cutting out the Dramatics Meeting Rooms, Áras na Mac Léinn

5.30pm-6pm Evening meditation with the Chaplaincy in the Chapel Common Room

6pm-9pm Baking Soc Mug Cake Workshop in The Hub

6.30pm-7pm GiGSoc Candlelight Remembrance Vigil outside Áras Na Mac Léinn

7pm FilmSoc Screening of St. Patrick’s Day in IT250, 7pm

7pm-8pm Tea and Talk with GiGSoc in Meeting Room 1 & 2, Áras Na Mac Léinn

7pm Timelord Society FREE Screening of Amy’s Choice Large Acoustic Room, Áras Na Mac Léinn

8pm-11pm French Soc Schloer & Cheese Night with CinéClub Meeting Rooms Áras na Mac Léinn

8pm Neil Delamere in O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 from the SU Office. – SOLD OUT!

Tuesday 4th October/Dé Máirt, an 4 Deireadh Fómhair

12.30pm-2pm Psych Soc & SVP Soc ‘Resilience: Looking out for yourself and others’ talk with free tea & coffee in the Large Acoustic Room.

12pm-4pm Finance Soc get your LinkedIn Headshot in foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Health Unit

6pm Dansoc ‘Club Classics’ Free interactive hip hop dance workshop in The Cube

6pm-8pm GiG Soc Self Care Talk in AC204.

6pm-8pm Writer’s Soc Mental Health Awareness Writing Workshop in AC214.

6.30pm-8.30pm Seas Suas, Drug and Alcohol Information & Training in MY129, Áras Moyola

7pm Timelord Soc screening of Robots of Sherwood & Counsellors talk D’arcy Thompson Theatre.

7pm Psych Soc & Fem Soc Screening of The Mask You Live In & Talk Fottrell Theatre

7.30pm-8.30pm 5 Songs celebrating Mental Health Week with the Chaplaincy in the Chapel

Wednesday 5th October/Dé Céadaoin, an 5 Deireadh Fómhair

10am-5pm Poster Sale in Áras na Mac Léinn

11am-4pm Best Buddies Pop Up PhotoBooth in Áras na Mac Léinn

11am-12.30pm Archaeological Soc Yoga in The View. Bring your own mat.

1pm-2pm Music Soc & Choral Soc Lunchtime Concert & Tea in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn

1.10pm-1.50pm FREE Mindful Meditation with NUIG Mindful Way in AC202

2pm-3pm FREE Mindfulness Workshop with Martina Coyne in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn

4pm Listen to Flirt FM 101.3 FM Mental Health Series “Heads Up”

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Health Unit

5pm-6pm Chef’s Challenge & Autumn Wellness Programme Launch in Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Psych Soc Discussion on making NUIG autism friendly campus in AC201

7pm-8pm GiGSoc Talk with LGBT Helpline in IT202

8pm-9pm GiGSoc Talk with Psychiatric Nurse in IT202

8pm-9pm Candle Light Prayer & Praise in the Chapel

Thursday 6th October/Déardaoin, an 6 Deireadh Fómhair

9am-10am Salsa Fitness Silent Disco in foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

10am-5pm Poster Sale in Áras na Mac Léinn

10am-12pm Psych Soc & Choral Soc Coffee Morning & Tunes in the View

10am-4pm Draoicht Soc Charity Book Sale in Áras na Mac Léinn

11am-12pm Mentors and Mentees Coffee/Tea Morning in The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn

3pm-5pm Organic Soc Organic Garden Open Day on Distillery Road

4pm Listen to Flirt FM 101.3 FM Mental Health Series “Heads Up”

6pm-8pm Writer’s Soc & Gig Soc Workshop exploring mental health issues with LGBTQ focus AC204

6pm-8pm Juggling Soc Workshop in Áras na Mac Léinn

6.30pm Chaplaincy screening of Life is Beautiful (La Vita é Bella) with snacks Chapel Common Room

7pm Psych Soc & Psi Chi Ultimate Table Quiz in Sult with finger food and raffle.

7pm-10pm Lit & Deb Rant night/Poetry slam in the Kirwan Theatre

9pm-10.30pm GUMS & GiGSoc Lip Sync Night in the Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn


Word of Hope Wall with the Chaplaincy in the Chapel

Psych Soc Mental Health Goodie Bags & Confession/Outlet Boards around campus.

Psych Soc #ShareASmile Campaign: Share your “smile experiences” and #littlethings that get you through the day on social media. Plus maybe get a random free coffee or lunch in participating outlets: Smokey’s, Sult, Úr Restaurant, Friars, Stem Café, Coffee On Line & Zinc Café

Visit ALIVE in the Hub (Monday – Thursday 2pm-5pm) and get a free colourful highlighter to brighten up your reading!

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó www.nuigstudents.ie/mentalhealthweek


NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week 2016

Seachtain Meabhairshláinte Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2016


#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 495055 chaplains@nuigalway.ie

Counselling Service 091 492427 counselling@nuigalway.ie

Student Health Unit 091 492604

SU Welfare Officer Daniel Khan 091 492747 su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Jigsaw Galway 091 549252 galway@jigsaw.ie

Samaritans Free phone 116123 jo@samaritans.org

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

Go to https://www.nuigalway.ie/health-wellbeing/ for more information.

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Summer is over and it’s back to the grindstone. Those aches and pains that you didn’t feel all summer are suddenly back with a vengeance. Hours at a desk and the pressure of assignments will do that. But what can we do to manage tension and stress? Good posture, regular exercise and a healthy diet will all help but sometimes we just want someone to get in there with a thumb or an elbow to work out those stubborn knots.

#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!

NUI Galway Student rate: 30 min €20, 1 hour €30
NUI Galway Staff rate: 30 min €30, 1 hour €50

Every Monday in the Wellness room – through The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn
Call or text Mick on 086 8378 589 to book.

March For Choice Bus Tickets SOLD OUT

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Join us as we travel to Dublin for the National March For Choice on Saturday 24th of September. Return bus tickets €2 from SU Office and SU Engineering Desk (Card Only) on sale Friday 16th September.
Bus Leaves the Cathedral at 10.30am SHARP. Assemble at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square from 1.30pm. March to Dáil Éireann at 2pm. Return bus leaves from Merrion Square at 5pm SHARP. NUI Galway Students Only. ID Required. For more information contact su.president@nuigalway.ie
NUI Galway Students voted for the NUI Galway Students’ Union to be Pro Choice, and therefore we will proudly represent our students at the national march in Dublin next Saturday, 24th September.

NUIG SU Presents Neil Delamere – SOLD OUT!

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As part of Mental Health Week NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents comedian Neil Delamere & Support at 8pm on Monday 3rd October in the O’Flaherty Theatre.
Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk (Card Only at Engineering Desk)

Neil Delamere – The Neil Delta
Following sold out shows last year, the master of mirth is back with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour. 2016 was another busy year for the perennially popular star of the Blame Game, which celebrates its 10th birthday on TV this year. With that, a science comedy series for RTE2 and his radio show on Today FM under his belt, now he is back to where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money.

“Simply put, Delamere is a master” The Scotsman

More information: NUIG SU Presents Neil Delamere

NUI Galway Students’ Union Issues Urgent Appeal to Potential Landlords

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With students returning to college this week NUI Galway Students’ Union has today issued an urgent appeal to anyone with a spare room to consider renting it to NUI Galway students this year. Under the Rent a Room Scheme you can earn up to €12,000 per annum tax free by renting a room. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are uncertain about getting into a long term arrangement.

Rooms for rent can be advertised for free on the University’s accommodation website https://www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Landlords/Charges

There are various options available to those wishing to rent a room to students including the option of digs where meals can be provided or just a straightforward rental agreement.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has now become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students. We are inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. In particular there is a huge amount of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”

For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2016/17 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 17,500 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “We are delighted to announce details of our Life Skills courses for the year ahead. Having attended these courses myself I know first-hand how invaluable the knowledge I gained has been. Whether it’s learning how to help someone who may be suicidal or gaining the skills to administer CPR. All of these courses help to provide a well-rounded education for our students whilst also helping them to make their CV’s stand out from the crowd when looking for jobs.”

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2016/17 academic year include:
• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
• Sign Language
• Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
• Cardiac First Responder Course
• Manual Handling Training
• Child Protection Training
• Yoga
• Anti-Racism Training
• ERASMUS & Complete Beginners Irish Classes
• Occupational First Aid Course

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found here.

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”

Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors Tickets on sale now

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Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors NUIG Student Tickets €15 (Bohermore Terrace) on sale now from the SU Office. Kick-off is 17:15 Saturday 3rd September.

The Students’ Union office is located upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. We are open Monday – Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm until the 26th August and 10am-5pm from the 29th August.

Please note that you must have NUI Galway student ID to purchase these tickets and gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2016/17 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be careful before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits then needs of all tenants.

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
12. Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Accommodation”

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”
For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2016/17. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

Application forms for the 2016/17 fund are available here and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 29th of August 2016. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Jimmy McGovern, Students’ Union President said:
“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

For more information contact:
Jimmy McGovern, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502
Attached Photo 1: Left to right: Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/Welfare Officer 2015/16), Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/Education Officer 2015/16), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU President 2015/16), Cathy Connolly (Galway Rape Crisis Centre) and Damien Duddy (Irish Cancer Society)