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Are You Gambling Too Much?


It’s just bad luck, I’ll get lucky next time..

Are you gambling too much?

Are you worried about it?

Ever feel like you can’t stop?

Here are some people that you can talk to about it: 

National Gambling Helpline 1800 753 753

Gambler’s Anonymous Galway 086 349 4450 (Meetings every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday in Ozanam House, Augustine Street) galwayga@gmail.com

NUIG Counselling Service 091 492 484 counselling@nuigalway.ie

NUIG Chaplaincy 091 495 055 chaplains@nuigalway.ie

NUIG SU Welfare Officer 086 385 3659 su.welfare@nuigalway.ie


NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

News & Events, Uncategorized

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

NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo


NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting a hustings for all Galway West – South Mayo candidates for the upcoming General Elections. The Hustings will take place in NUI Galway on February 4th at 6pm. Galway students’ unions registered over 9,000 students to vote this year alone. Both NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union are working together to get students mobilised for the elections.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has teamed up with smartvote.ie to help students make an informed vote in the general elections and aim to build on the momentum from the Marriage Equality Referendum last May.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “Students are ready. Last May we saw just how powerful the student vote is and we will vote for the candidates/parties who have our best interests at hand. We have registered so many students that candidates simply must engage with us. Third level funding is at the top of our manifesto and we cannot be side-lined in the next government. We are delighted to work with GMIT Students’ Union on the general election. We have been working together on this since July in our pre-budget lobbying and will continue to do this even after the election result.”  

NUI Galway Students’ Union will in collaboration with GMIT Students’ Union run with the national #MakeASmartVote campaign which has been trending over Ireland with the national student hustings. Smartvote.ie has been described as a tinder for politics enabling young people and students to make an informed vote on the various issues facing Ireland’s youth today. Speaking on Smartvote Phelim Kelly said “One of the major problems with political engagement for young people is that they are not sure who or what party they should vote for. Smartvote will match the student with the candidate who has the similar ideals as them and will really give students an ownership of their vote. I am really excited to see how this will affect the election results.”

GMIT Students’ Union will host a hustings for all Galway East candidates the following week on Tuesday February 9th at 6pm. GMIT Students’ Union President Michael Kerrigan added “The student voice is louder than it has been in years, these hustings will give students a chance to raise issues as well as helping them to decide who best to vote for.

Updated event information including list of attendees can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/725831710852159/


NUIG SU SHAG Week 2016


NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 2016

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2016

Monday 8th February/Dé Luain, an 8 Feabhra

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5. NEW SHOW! 

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 9th February/Dé Máirt, an 9 Feabhra

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Wednesday 10th February/Dé Céadaoin, an 10 Feabhra

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

5pm-7pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension. 

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February/Déardaoin, an 11 Feabhra

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Males) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

8pm Lit & Deb discussion “Should Sexual Consent be incorporated into the University Curriculum?” Kirwan Theatre 

Friday 12th February/Dé hAoine, an 12 Feabhra

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

All Week: FlirtFM Podcast Series of interviews with NUI Galway students, staff and community agencies discussing sexual consent and supports available to students who may have experienced sexual assault. 

Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie and www.nuigalway.ie/safecampus 

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SHAG week 2016 is brought to you by a collaboration of NUI Galway Students’ Union and USI with NUI Galway School of Psychology, FlirtFm, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, NUI Galway School of Drama, Theatre and Performance, ALIVE and other specified partners.

#NUIGSafeCampus #SmartConsent

NUIG SU Charity Aquathon 2016 – CANCELLED


NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2016 is CANCELLED. We will be contacting those that have registered for the event already to make alternative arrangements. 


NUIG SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2016


NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2016

On Saturday 5th March the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb will be taking place in association with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club.

The event will be raising money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16. Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport, Co. Mayo and rises to a height of 762m above sea level.

To take part you need to fill out a registration form and return same to the Students’ Union Office. We will then give you a sponsorship card.

Participants need to raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the event and this will include return bus and a free t-shirt.

All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union office by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd of March.

You can also download the registration form HERE and you can fundraise online HERE.

Provisional Event Timetable:

9.30am SHARP Bus leaves from the Quad

11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.

11.30am Climb Begins

1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick

2pm Descent Begins

4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick

5.30pm approx. Bus arrives at the Quad


Before you can board the bus you must have all of the following items:

Walking boots (with ankle support!) PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.

Trousers (not Jeans)

Rucksack/Bag Waterproofs (no Ponchos)

Hats and Gloves

Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)

Spare Clothing and Shoes


NUIG Students’ Union SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist


NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

This is part of our SHAG Week 2016 events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!

Tickets are just €5 and will be on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week 2016 runs from Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February.

For more information contact SU Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2016


The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! 

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair. 

Confirmed Exhibitors: 

AIESEC Ireland 

Alive NUI Galway

Bank of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland

Campus France Ireland 

Partnership International



Travel Bug Ltd

USIT Ireland 

Confirmed Food Vendors: 

Boxty’s Load It 

Brown Bag Donuts

Men at Wok

The Dough Bro’s Wood Fired Pizza 

The Pancake Factory 

For more information contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

What Will You Do in 2016?


What will you do in 2016?

Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 19th January

Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 27th January

Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 6th February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & Irish Cancer Society

Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 18th February

Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 23rd February 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 27th February

Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th February


studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information