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NUIG Christmas Holiday Arrangements

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Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2018

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 22nd December 2018 to Sunday 13th of January 2019 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 14th of January 2019. Academic Dates for the rest of 2018/19 are available HERE.

  • The Students’ Union Office will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen at 10am Mon 7th Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 21st of Dec and reopen at 11am on Mon 14th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 21st of Dec and reopen at 9am on Thurs 17th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen Mon 7th Jan.
  • Sult will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen at 8.30am on Mon 7th Jan.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 14th Jan.
  • Smokey’s Café will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen Mon 7th Jan.
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Fri 21st Dec and will be open with reduced hours on the following days Thurs 27th Dec, Fri 28th Dec, Weds 2nd Jan, Thurs 3rd Jan, Fri 4th Jan & Mon 7th Jan.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be closed Sat 22nd Dec to Tues 1st Jan inclusive.
  • The Reading Room will be closed on Tues 25th and Weds 26th of Dec.
  • The Student Health Unit will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 7th Jan.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tues 15th of Jan.
  • The Socs Box will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 7th Jan.
  • SUMS will be closed from Fri 14th of Dec.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access over the holidays check HERE

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2019!

Christmas Exam Buses

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses with City Direct 

Cost: €2 Per Journey.

Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Monday 10th December – Thursday 20th December 2018

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40


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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2018

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2018

Monday 5th of November/Dé Luain, an 5 Samhain

1pm-3pm Mental Health Monday: “Let’s Talk About Sex (baby)” stand at Smokey’s Café & “How many condoms can you pack in 1 minute?” Competition

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

Tuesday 6th of November/Dé Máirt, an 6 Samhain

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre in The Space. €10 Register in advance in SU. POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS

11am-4pm- Share your most embarrassing sex story with Journos Media Soc at Smokey’s Café for their radio show Illuminaughty

4pm-5pm Consent Movie Screening in AM250 Colm O’Heocha Theatre

Wednesday 7th of November/ Dé Céadaoin, an 7 Samhain

2pm-5pm Free Rapid HIV Testing with AIDS West in The Space

7pm-9pm “How Well Do You Know Your Hun?” with GIG Soc in IT202

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult

Thursday 8th of November/Déardaoin, an 8 Samhain

5pm-8pm “Peaches, Pears or Bananas – Loving Your Sexual Body” with Anna Keogh in SC200A

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

All Week:

  • Guess how many condoms are in the jar. Entry €1 goes to SU Charities.
  • Free Condoms and Tompax
  • Look Out For STI-nder
  • Methods of Birth Control Online
  • Journos Media Soc – Facebook giveaway for a year’s subscription to OMGYes in return for people sharing a post about sex positivity and kindness. Winner announced Thursday.

More information from/ Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó


SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents The Ultimate Study Break: Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Pet Farm Visit
Cuireann Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh, An Briseadh Staidéar Iontach i Láthair: An Díolachán Cácaí Mór Millteach ar son Carhanachtaí agus Cuairt Fheirm Pheataí

11am – 3.30pm Wednesday 5th December 2018 in Áras na Mac Léinn
11r.n. – 3.30i.n., Dé Céadaoin, an 5 Nollaig 2018 Áras na Mac Léinn

There will be sheep, lambs, goats, cats, rabbits, ducks, hens, roosters, chicks, ducklings, geese, cake, tea, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM.

All funds raised go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway.
Tabharfar an t-airgead ar fad do Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway.

SU Big Fat Charity Table Quiz

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The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz
NUI Galway Students’ Union presents The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway 7.30pm Tuesday 13th November at Sult
Table of 4 €20 – Sign up in the SU Office in advance – spaces limited! You can also phone 091 493 570 to register by credit/debit card. 
10 Rounds of Questions Compiled by Your SU Officers
Great prizes, FREE Finger Food, Spot Prizes for best team name, best dressed team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

NUIG SU Road Safety Day

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day / Lá Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn um Shábháilteacht ar Bhóithre

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator

10am-4pm Wednesday 31st October Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.
  • Free High Vis Items

NUI Galway Students’ Union Global Week

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Global Week

Seachtain Dhomhanda Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh

Monday 22nd October / Dé Luain, an 22 Deireadh Fómhair

6.30pm-8.30pm Screening of “Through our Eyes” with Fáilte Refugees Society in Kirwan Theatre

7.30pm-9.30pm “A Stevening” in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Two of Galway’s favourite bearded wonders: Steve Bennett + Steven Sharpe, doing a funny, musical, weird-ass show like only they can!

Tuesday 23rd October / Dé Máirt, an 23 Deireadh Fómhair

6pm-8pm Poetry Slam/Flash Fiction with Writers Soc in the Dillon Theatre

7pm-8pm Global Women’s Empowerment Talk with Marie-Anne Michel from Trócaire and FemSoc in AC201

Wednesday 24th October / Dé Céadaoin, an 24 Deireadh Fómhair

10.15am-1.30pm SU Anti-Racism Course with Galway One World Centre in The View. Limited Spaces. €5 Register in the SU in advance.

12pm-4pm Cultural Trade Fair in The Cube

6pm-7pm Panel Discussion on Direct Provision in Ireland in AC204

Thursday 25th October / Déardaoin, an 25 Deireadh Fómhair

7pm-9pm Screening of “Free CeCe” with GigSoc in the Áras Uí Cathail Lecture Theatre

ALL WEEK: STAND 8×8 Festival Outdoor Photo Exhibition outside the Library.

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó


NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Year of Fundraising

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NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’s fundraising events will include a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December!

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly 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 €20,500 raised during the year”

Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Cathy Connolly Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “We are delighted that NUI Galway Students’ Union have chosen GRCC as one of their nominated charities for 2018/19. Many NUIG students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past and we are ever grateful for the University’s continued support. This Funding will be used to offer counselling to our crisis clients, and reduce our waiting list.”

COPE Galway’s vision is for an improved quality of life in a home of your own for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Head of Development at COPE Galway commented: “COPE Galway is delighted to have been chosen as one of NUIG Student’s Union charities of the year.  Funds raised will be used to extend our Rough Sleeper Street Outreach Service, which identifies and engages with people sleeping rough in Galway city, with the aim of supporting people to get off the street and to access suitable accommodation or other routes out of rough sleeping.  Fundraising and donations are critical in enabling us to provide this service and we are hugely appreciative of NUIG Students’ Union for their support.”

Photos: Kuzco the llama and volunteers at last year’s charity Pet Farm Event


For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

Mental Health Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 8th October / Dé Luain, an 8 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Monday at Smokey’s/Online – Who Do You Talk To?
  • 12pm-2pm Add a Buddy to Your Tea with Best Buddies Society in the View, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5pm-6.15pm Using Collage Making as a Tool to Improve your Mental Health in the Art Room in Áras na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces – to register email
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Zumba to Destress in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm-8.30pm What’s The Tea with Baking Society in IT202

Tuesday 9th October / Dé Máirt, an 9 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 8am-8.50am Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 11am-5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 11am-4pm Paintball Promo in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-3pm Fáilte Refugees Society Old School Sports Day in the Kingfisher with prizes
  • 4pm-7pm Please Talk Goal Setting & Achieving What You Want Workshop venue SC200A (near Smokey’s Café)
  • 7pm-9pm Our Mental Health Documentary Screening venue O’Flaherty Theatre

Wednesday 10th October / Dé Céadaoin, an 10 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC202
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Salsa Class to Destress in The Cube
  • 5.30pm-8pm Wellness Workshop #MentalHealth4Millennials in Lecture Room 3 Áras Moyola
  • 5.30pm-7pm Positive Mind-set and Resilience in AMB 1064
  • 7pm Health Care Society “Minding Your Mental Health as Students & Healthcare Professionals” in the Kirwan Theatre
  • 7pm-10pm Inside Out screening by Film Soc in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre
  • 7pm-9pm Gig Soc Film Night LGBT+ Short Film Screenings + Popcorn in IT202

Thursday 11th October / Déardaoin, an 11 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 10am-11am Homesickness and How To Combat It Talk in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 11am-1pm Gig Soc Coming Out Day Coffee Morning in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm Writer’s Soc Night inspired by how to handle a panic attack in AC215
  • 8pm NUIG Comedy Soc Gig in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. Free Event includes Free Pizza and Free Refreshments.

All week:

  • Look out for the Welfare Crew handing out freebies throughout the week
  • FREE Condoms and TOMPAX available all week from the SU
  • Online ‘Silvercloud’ self- help available
  • Mental Health Quote Walls in Áras na Mac Léinn and the Engineering Building

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó

All events are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Galway Colleges Join Forces to Raise Mental Health Awareness  

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Galway Colleges Join Forces to Raise Mental Health Awareness

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Please Talk have joined forces to raise mental health awareness for students with a new campaign called ‘Mental Health Mondays’ which starts today. This awareness campaign will look at a particular theme each week that affects college students and their mental health. Topics the campaign will cover include settling into college, substance abuse, self-esteem, gambling, mental health supports and looking after your mental health.

Funding for the campaign was raised by a special screening of “Meetings with Ivor” in the Town Hall Theater Galway organised by film producer Tomas Hardiman and Town Hall Manager, Fergal McGrath.

Emma-Louise Duffy, Welfare Officer of GMIT SU said: ““This project highlights how we all have mental health and just like our bodies, some of us are in better shape than others. That’s okay. It’s about teaching people the self-awareness to identify that, and how to signpost the places that you can get care when you need it. Monday can be a hard day for students, they might be feeling homesick after leaving their family at the weekend, or worried about the week ahead. Whatever the feeling is, we want to shed some light, alert people that there are supports in place, and ultimately bring a bit of cheeriness into our students Monday morning!”

Clare Austick, Welfare and Equality Officer of NUIGSU, had this to say:

“Mental health campaigns are extremely important as there is an evident negative stigma attached to it. When you think of physical health, everyone immediately thinks of different types of sport, happiness and endorphins whereas when you mention mental health, you’re more inclined to think of the negative aspects such as depression, anxiety and suicide. It really shouldn’t be like that – everyone has mental health. If you’re feeling down, reach out and talk to someone. There are so many different support services for students to avail of.”

According to Treasa Hanniffy, National Please Talk Officer: “This campaign will highlight several areas of importance for student mental health and will remind everyone that talking to someone that you trust really helps. There is support available no matter what you are going through. For more information visit or call to your Students’ Union.”