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Summer in Galway 2018

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What’s on in Galway this Summer:

Galway Theatre Festival Fri 4th – Sat 12th May 2018

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 12th May 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 16th May 2018

Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 25th – Sun 27th May 2018

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Sat 26th – Sun 27th May 2018

Conamara Bog Week Tues 29th May – Mon 4th June 2018

West End Summer Food Festival Thurs 31st May – Mon 4th June 2018

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 1st – Mon 4th June 2018

Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 2nd June 2018

Give Blood in Galway Tues 5th, Weds 6th and Thurs 7th June 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 6th June 2018

Galway African Film Festival Sat 9th & Sun 10th June 2018

Galway Bike Week Sat 9th – Sun 17th June 2018

Street Feast Sunday 10th June 2018

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 10th June 2018

Galway Simon Community Dip at Dawn 4.55am-6am Thursday 21st June 2018

Seafest Fri 29th June – Sun 1st July 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 4th July 2018

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 7th July 2018

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 10th – Sun 15th July 2018

Galway Fringe Festival Sun 15th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 16th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 30th July- Sun 5th August 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 1st August 2018

Galway Pride Festival Mon 13th – Sun 19th August 2018

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 11th August 2018

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Sat 11th and Sun 12th August 2018

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August 2018

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2018/19. Start your countdown!


SU Weekly Email 14 3rd December 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Exam Buses Start on Monday

We have partnered with City Direct Bus Company to provide buses to the two exam venues in Salthill at Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. This service will run twice a day during the exams and costs €2 per journey. Buses will leave University Road at 08:40 & 15:40 for Salthill. Buses will leave Leisureland in Salthill at 11:40 & 18:40 to return to University Road via Eyre Square. Look out for the red double decker bus.


Extra Study Space for Christmas Exams 2015

Sunday 29th November-Sunday 6th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre, Anderson Theatre, Darcy Thompson Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC204

Engineering Building

ENG-GO17 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-GO18 Lecture Theatre 01

Monday 7th December – Friday 18th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre*, Darcy Thompson Theatre, McMunn Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Larmor Theatre, TB303, TB304, TB305, TB307

Engineering Building

ENG-G017 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-G018 Lecture Theatre 01

*Please note O’Flaherty Theatre not available Tuesday 8th December

Thank You!

Thanks for supporting our Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit yesterday. We managed to raise €630  for charity bringing our total raised this year to €14,383 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

We have plenty more fundraising events planned for semester two and are always looking for volunteers to help out so contact if you can help!

Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale now in the SU Office

  • Connacht vs Newcastle 19:45 Friday 11th December €15
  • Connacht vs Ulster 18:00 Saturday 26th December €15

Student Taxi Service Home

The Students’ Union is currently researching the need of an app/service which will aim to get you home safe at night should you find yourself out of pocket. Please fill out this survey to aid in our research.

The Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensembles Recital TODAY

FREE Pre-exam chill out with some of the best young classical musicians in Ireland. 1-2pm in the Aula Maxima (in the Quadrangle) today.

Sin Newspaper Issue 6 Read it Online Here

If you are interested in helping with the paper email or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

NUIG Alumni Galway Christmas Gathering

On Thursday 17th December from 6.30pm the NUIG Alumni Office will be holding their annual Christmas Gathering in Galway. There will be a performance from Cois Cladaigh and alumni, friends and NUI Galway staff are welcome. All proceeds from the night will go directly to the Student Hardship fund and tickets can be purchased by visiting 

Is your bike Winter ready?

This week is the last week that An Mheitheal Rothar (Galway’s Bike Workshop) will be running it’s public drop in workshops until the new year.

The last workshop of the year will tomorrow Friday 4th Dec 12pm-3pm.

We have a number of safety recommendations for the Winter weather:

1.) Make sure your brakes are working well! In wet weather it is more important than ever that your brake pads, cables and leavers are working perfectly;

2.) Be visible! We have a small number of free Hi-Viz vests and bag covers and have good quality front and rear lights available at low cost;

3.) Oil the appropriate parts of your bike to make them last longer and not seize up with rust over the winter – especially the chain, cables and brake arms;

4.) Make sure your tyres are in okay condition and are pumped up properly (if your tyres are bald/worn or they are not pumped enough it is much more difficult to stop when you need to and to control your bike).

Online Marketing in Galway Christmas Party

Book your ticket now for the Online Marketing in Galway Christmas party on Tuesday 15th December in 56 Central and support Galway Simon Community. Guest speakers areBreda fox from Local Enterprise Office Galway and Linda Flynn from Flynn Admin.

Free STEM Outreach and Education Workshop in NUIG on Monday 7th December

This workshop will feature Cell Explorers, Reel Life Science, Under the Microscope and more. This workshop is designed to encourage and guide scientists and engineers in the area of science outreach and communication. Register Here.  

Galway March in the Spirit of the Suffragettes 11.30am Thursday 10th December

Domestic Violence Response, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway City Partnership & Galway Feminist Collective are marking the last of the 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women campaign with a march in the spirit of the suffragettes. Guest speakers for the event are Dr Micheline  Sheehy Skeffington and Mary McGill.

Meet at 11.30am on Thursday 10th December outside Pura Vida Café, Spanish Arch. Feel free to dress as a suffragette and don’t forget to bring your placards.

Need Help?

$1·         With your subjects? Check the SU Grinds Register

$1·         With Maths? Contact the SUMS FREE Maths Support Centre (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)

$1·         With Programming? Contact Computer DISC for FREE help (Closing Friday 4th December for Christmas)

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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)

SU Weekly Email 15 – 18th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2014 from your Students’ Union.

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Sign Language 10 Week Course Starts Week of 27th January €40 (Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm)
  • 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 15th Jan – Thursday 12th March €40 Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm & Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (No Class 29th Jan)
  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline 9 January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see or email

SU Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

The six finalists have been announced for this year’s SU Enterprise Awards! They are: 
1. The Creative Native
“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick. 
2. Tidy Shower
Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “Tidy Shower”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units. 
3. Part Locater
“’Part Locater” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.
4. EduCode
“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.
5. Bike Back
“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project
6. Clutch n Bolt 
“Clutch n Bolt” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.
Congratulations to all involved! 

NUI Galway Alumni Club Christmas Party 5.30pm TODAY!

NUI Galway Alumni Club is holding its annual Alumni Christmas get-together from 5.30pm today, Thursday, 18th December in the Staff Club, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway. Graduates are invited to attend and meet with former classmates from home and abroad for carols, mince pies and refreshments. All Alumni, Friends and Guests Welcome! This is a free event, but registration is necessary.


Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will open on the 12th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact

NUI Galway Student Health 101: Get Healthy + Enter The December Draw For €750

So why should you read Student Health 101, the NUI Galway online health and wellness magazine at  ?

First, you can enter the December draw for €750 for checking out the December issue.

Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101:

Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less

Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you

Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz

Season’s eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes

Aftermath & recovery: A student’s guide to getting help after an assault

Like a pro: 7 tips for powerful public speaking

Cheese and _________? What the pairs best with the cheese of your choice? Please share in this week’s poll!

And if you missed it – be sure to check out the November Issue.


Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.


Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.


Christmas Holiday Arrangements

The Library is open Friday 19th December-Tuesday 23rd December 08:30-17:30. Closed Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st. Christmas/ New Year Closing: Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015 (Inclusive)

The SU Cloakroom and SU Engineering Desk will both close on Friday 19th December and reopen on Monday 12th January.

The SU Office will close on Monday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 7th January. Please note we are open 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen at 8am on Monday 5th January.

Smokey’s will be closed on Saturday 20th & Saturday 21st December and will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December for the Christmas break reopening at 9am on Monday 5th January.

The Hub will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 12th January.

The Wall Café will be closed on Thursday 25th December, Friday 26th December & Thursday 1st January.

Caifé na Gaeilge will be closed from Monday 15th December until Monday 12th January.

The College Bar will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday 5th January. Please note that only the Deli in the College Bar will be serving food on 22nd, 23rd December and for the week of the 5th January. College Bar Pizza and Carvery will reopen on the 12th of January.

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 2015!


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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

SU Weekly Email 27th March 2014

Weekly Email


Please make sure you use your vote today Thursday 27th March. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling station in Smokey’s 11am-4pm and vote to elect your Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 . Alternatively vote online between 11am-4pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote. Please note that only Clubs’ Captains may vote for the Clubs’ Captain position and remote vote is not available for this. Votes will be counted once polls have closed in SC200A.


Do you think this campus could be better?
Do you think the Students’ Union could represent better? 
Do you want to make a difference towards this universities strategic plan? 
Then please take five minutes this evening to complete this short survey that will be used along with other qualitative and quantitative methods to create a document telling the university how Students see “NUI Galway towards 2020”. 
You can positively impact this university, your university into the future. Please Share and please participate. 5 minutes is all it takes. Do some useful procrastination!


Examination Advice for Students – Mobile Phones Not Permitted in the Exam Hall

Be aware of Examination Regulationsand review them before your exams.

Mobile phones will be confiscated for the duration of the exam and a fine of €20 will apply in each case. Abreach of exam regulationswill apply. The possible penalties are as follows:

(a) Letter of reprimand
(b) 5% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(c) 10% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(d) Zero mark for the relevant module
(e) Zero mark for the relevant module with a cap on the mark for the repeat (if a repeat sitting is allowed by the Marks and Standards for the programme) of a pass mark for the relevant programme.

View a short Examination Advice video


Sin Issue 12

The final issue of Sin for the 2013/14 academic year is available to read onlinehere. Well done to Jess and all the Sin team on a great job this year.  



Postgrad Karaoke is back at 8pm this Friday 28th March in the College Bar. All performers will be rewarded for their efforts!


Is Mentoring for me and, if so, how do I become a Mentor?

If you remember how it felt to be a first year student and found coming to University a bit daunting then mentoring is for you.  You can help 1st year and new students engage with academic and social activities.

If you are interested please fill out the application form at: will be closing the application on Friday 28th March this year as we would like to meet all prospective mentors for an hour on 4th April.  All volunteers will be required to confirm their place on the 4th April and therefore we will not be accepting volunteers after that date.

The aim of the Mentoring Programme in NUI Galway is to integrate students to University life (socially and academically) as quickly and easily as possible. 


Connacht vs Munster Tickets

Connacht vs Munster 18:15 Saturday 19th April 2014. €15 NUI Galway Student Tickets on sale11am Tuesday 1st April from the SU Office.


Moving Out?

If you are leaving Galway and cannot take all your stuff, you can drop off your quality unwanted items to the Alive Office in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn on the following dates and times and they will be donated to Gorta:

  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 3rd April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 17th April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 1st May
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 8th May

They want: clothes, shoes, books, accessories, jewellery, household items, DVDs and CDs. They can’t accept toys, electrical or nursery items. Gorta needs your help to fight world hunger.


Eva Bartlett: Human Rights Activist talks on Gaza

8pm Friday 28th March 2014 in The Imperial Hotel, Galway. All Welcome. Further Details.


Grinds Register

If you are interested in giving or getting Grinds visit our Grinds Register for all the information you need


Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling


Need Help?

With Maths: SUMS

With Computer Programming: Computer Disc

With Writing: Academic Writing Centre.

With Legal Issues: FLAC

These services are all FREE!

Social media – how does it shape your life?

From Twitter to Tumblr, nowadays our online identities are as real as our offline ones. The following survey examines social media use among NUIG students. It’s quick, confidential and an easy way to have your say about the role of social media in our lives:               

Galway Simon Gigs 10th April

The Galway Simon Gigs is the first variety show in aid of the Galway Simon Community run by Michael Kiernans of . The idea behind it is to raise much needed funds for the homeless while giving talented artists a chance to showcase themselves at The Quays Bar. Gig takes place on April 10th starting from 8 till late. Tickets €5 for Students. More information and Line Up.

Contact Us

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

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

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