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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.”

#NUIGSU18 Election Results Thurs 28th Sept 2018

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Students’ Union Elections
Toghcháin Comhaltas na Mac Léinn

***Torthaí / Results***

Vice President Education Officer
Leas Uachtarán Oifigeach Oideachais

SEOIGHTHE, Eibhlín 330
Re-Open Nominations 69

Eibhlín Seoighthe deemed elected

Ethnic Minorities Officer
Oifigeach um Eithneach Mionlach

1st Count
BASSEY, Edidiong 130
CHIHUMURA, Victoria 186
D’SOUZA, Jackson 42
RAGHAVAN, Balaji 43
SHAH, Mitul 13
Re-Open Nominations 7

2nd Count
Re-Open Nominations, Shah, Raghavan, D’Souza and Bassey eliminated.
Non Transferable 42
BASSEY, Edidiong +31 (161)
CHIHUMURA, Victoria +32 (218)

Victoria Chihumura deemed elected

Comhghairdeachas libh!

Meningitis Alert

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Meningitis Alert 27/09/18

The Student Health Unit has been informed of a case of Bacterial Meningitis that has been diagnosed in a student attending NUI Galway.

Please see below correspondence received from the local Dept of Public Health with further information and advice for all students to take note of:

Dear Student,

I wish to inform you that a possible case of meningococcal disease has occurred in a student at NUI Galway.

While it is very unlikely that there will be further cases in the University, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of this illness – these include:

· headache
· high temperature
· vomiting
· neck pain
· dislike of bright lights
· a red/purple rash which does not fade on pressure
· dizziness

Some or all of the above symptoms may be present. Seek medical attention without delay if you are concerned.

Should you need any further information, please contact your student health services, general practitioner or a public health doctor on the numbers below.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Regina Kiernan
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
MCN 09830

Student Health Unit
Tel: 091 492604
Emergency Medical Number: 087-2623997

Department of Public Health
Merlin Park Hospital Campus, Galway, H91 N973.
Tel: 091 775200 F: 091 758283 E:

National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

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National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018, Dublin.

€2 Return Bus Tickets on sale from the SU 2pm Tuesday 25th of September. NUIG student ID required.

Bus departs from Galway Cathedral 8am sharp Wednesday 3rd of October. Return to Galway by 7pm (approx)

Spiraling costs. Rogue landlords.
27%+ increases to rent of student accommodation overnight.
Little to no deposit protection.
Damp, run down and regularly overcrowded conditions.
Box rooms with 2 beds.
Sleeping on friends couches.
Staying overnight in cars outside college.
Paying night by night in hostels.
€255+ a week or €1000+ a month.
Living out of hostels
Commuting 2+ hours to get to your first lecture.
…or not being able to attend college at all.

Students are footing the second highest fee in Europe for third level education, and we are being further locked out by the lack of, and cost of, accommodation across Ireland.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with Students’ Unions and student activists across Ireland are organising with trade unions, community groups, charities, women’s groups and political parties as part of the National Homeless & Housing Coalition. to call for urgent action during this national crisis.

Our national student protest will join the rally outside Leinster House, but first we are taking to the streets. Join us.

We need to #RaiseTheRoof on the Dáil, and wake the Government up.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

This year NUI Galway Students’ Union will roll out consent workshops to the first year students at Student Residences Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Over 40 volunteers have been trained by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme to facilitate these workshops to students, which include an interactive one hour session on what sexual consent means.

Consent workshops are becoming more a feature of third level education, with the rise of the #metoo movement and sexual harassment on college campuses. The Students’ Union is also involved in a number of other activities which promote safe sex and consent, including distributing free condoms and promoting the free STI Clinic on campus.

On the importance of educating people on consent, NUI Galway Students’ Union Welfare & Equality Officer Clare Austick said: “Consent education is extremely important and beneficial to students as there appears to be a very evident lack of understanding around the topic of consent and sexual health in general. I believe Students’ Unions and Universities in particular should take a strong lead in implementing consent workshops as sexual violence and harassment are still very prevalent issues in today’s world. Consent isn’t a straightforward, black and white, spoken about topic, whereby a lack of consent given can potentially ruin lives. These workshops are designed to create a dialogue between students around consent and empower the individual to communicate what they may or may not want.”

Padráig MacNeela of SMART Consent had this to add: “It is really exciting to work with NUI Galway Students’ Union on rolling out consent workshops. We know from our research with over 2,000 students nationwide that the workshops are enjoyable and have an impact on confidence and knowledge. Now we have the opportunity to learn how to mainstream workshops as part of the student experience at NUI Galway. We will also be releasing short films on consent where you can decide which way you want the evening to end, the first one is available at

Pictured: (left to right) SU President Megan Reilly and SU VP/Equality and Welfare Officer Clare Austick

Swimming Classes and Lifesaving Course

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Learn To Swim Course and Lifesaving Course 

Here’s some more information about both courses. If you’ve any further questions call to the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club table at Clubs Day 10am-5pm this Tuesday 11th of September or email

All courses are organised by the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club and take place in the pool at the NUIG Kingfisher Gym. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend the courses.

Learn To Swim Course

Learn to swim is a program which will for 12 weeks get a non-swimmer to be able to swim in a pool with confidence. By the end of the program most swimmers will be able to swim several lengths in both deep and shallow water. You will also receive a certificate backing your ability presented by the Swim club and NUIG Sports department.

What do we class as a “non-swimmer”?

A non-swimmer ranges from someone who has only ever stood in water to someone who can keep themselves afloat but would like to learn the strokes. We will start at the basics and get everyone to be able to swim a few lengths by the end of the course.

What about people who can already swim?

The first week will be a general course that assesses how well everyone can swim. More competent and confident swimmers will be in a class that focuses on learning more strokes etc. If we find they are beyond everyone in ability after 2-3 weeks we will offer to move them to the Swim Club fitness squad at no extra cost or a refund

How much?

It will cost €75 all together and will run for 12 weeks. This pays for our instructor and other costs that are involved

When is it on?

There will be two 45 minute sessions on Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday 19th of September

7.30pm-8.15pm or (B) 8.15pm-9pm

Can I choose which time I get allocated to? 

Time slots will be allocated randomly for the first week until we gauge everyone’s experience levels and group them together accordingly.

When can I register?

Monday 17th September 2018

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm – 7.30pm    Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

If places remain there will be another registration on Wednesday at 7pm just before the lesson. This is subject to availability and we may book out prior to this so come early. We can take cash or card. If you don’t pay we can’t hold your booking

What do I get for my money?

1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. Lessons consist of 45 minutes of swimming in the Kingfisher pool with a qualified swim teacher. This is the cheapest course you will find for the amount of weeks involved. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend.

How many per class?

There will be a maximum of 20 students per class. There will be 2 instructors if the maximum number attends. Some sessions will also have help from our Racing squad so that you get most attention. Our goal is for all our members to be able to swim by the end.

Lifesaving Course

The Lifesaving Course is a course that turns an adequate swimmer into a fully qualified lifeguard in 12 weeks. This condensed course is the cheapest and fastest way to become a qualified lifeguard.

What is an adequate swimmer?

Someone who can swim about 200m without stopping is a good baseline. We recommend joining the Swimming Club second squad at the same time so you can improve your stamina for the course.

How much does it cost?

The average cost of this course is €250 but is subject to change year on year. Price will be known once our instructor has been confirmed.

What do I get?

You will get 15 certifications.

This includes: 4 water safety’s, 3 basic life supports, 2 endurance’s, 4 rescues and 2 pool lifeguards certs. This qualifies you to work as a pool lifeguard anywhere in Ireland.

Who runs the course?

Irish Water Safety runs the course, we help by subsiding it and helping out in any way we can.

When is it on?

Mondays nights starting Monday 17th of September. The instructor will confirm the times

When do I register?

Monday 17th September

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm-7.30pm      Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

We will take names beforehand but the first people to show up with money will take priority. We will take as many in the course as the instructor is comfortable with


NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2018

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The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!
Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September 2018 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.
Food Stalls:

NUI Galway Orientation Week 2018

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NUI Galway Orientation Week 2018

Monday 3rd September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-7pm Table Quiz with comedian Karl Spain at Sult
  • 8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult includes Filthy Food Menu Sampling.

Tuesday 4th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 4pm-7pm Sult Takeover with your SU Officers. Free Food, Free Wristbands and your chance to ask your SU Officers anything.
  • 8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult

Wednesday 5th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 1pm-6pm Fun Fair with lots of free goodies, music, pet farm, inflatables and free food in Aras na Mac Leinn.
  • 2pm-4pm Glow in the Dark Dodgeball in the Kingfisher
  • 4pm-7pm Keys to Adventure Party with the Morganettes at Sult.
  • 6pm-8pm Musical Mayhem with games and prizes at Smokey’s on the Concourse
  • 6pm-8pm Drop in Games Room with the Societies on the concourse
  • 7pm/8pm Movies on the Concourse and a Hairspray the musical sing-a-long in the Kirwan Theatre at 8.30pm.
  • 8pm till late Bongo Steve at Sult

Thursday 6th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 2pm-6.30pm Global Fun Fest with stalls, music and lots of free stuff in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult
  • 6pm-10.30pm Movie Screenings Human Biology Building
  • 7pm Dramsoc Play ‘Chat Room’
  • 4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.
  • 8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult

More Details HERE

Dates for your Diary:

Monday 10th September SU Outdoor Cinema

Tuesday 11th September SU Crisis Campout

Tuesday 18th September SU Freshers’ Fair