May 2015

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Bar Skills Course

Life Skills

Bar Skills Course 

Course objectives: To cover the basic fundamentals of drinks and drink service methods, including the social responsibility on all parties to serve drink in a responsible manner.

Course Date: 10am-5pm Friday 5th February 2016 COURSE FULL 19/01/16

Course Content:                

1: Responsible selling of alcohol

2: Introduction to Wines

3: Spirits appreciation and theory

4: Stouts, beers and Ciders (theory and service)

Assessment/Certification: There is no assessment. A certificate of participation will be given.

Sign Up: In the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Course Fee: €20 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

Course Venue: The College Bar

Max number: 40 students

Child Protection Training

Life Skills

Child Protection Training 

Course Description: The content is awareness level and covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. 

It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios.

Course Audience: Staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people.

Assessment/Certification: Certification is based on attendance pf the programme and it is certified by the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Sign Up: In the SU Office or by credit card on 091 493570

Date/Time: 1pm-5pm Friday 13th November or 9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 14th November 2015

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Cost: €15

Max Number Students: 20

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union, ALIVE and the National Youth Council of Ireland. 


Life Skills

Ashtanga Yoga

The next SU 8 week yoga course with Marese Cregg is on Thursday 9th June – Thursday 28th July 2016. The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks. 

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers 
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

The Course venue is The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Directions to The Space: As you come in the main doors of Áras na Mac Léinn take the stairs on the left, turn left at the top, go through the glass doors and down the steps – The Space is the last room on the left.

Yoga mats and belts are provided. Open to NUI Galway students and staff only.


Personal Safety and Awareness Course

Life Skills

Personal Safety and Awareness Course 

We will soon be enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course for 2015. 

Cost of the course :€5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card. 

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí and other experts.

Course Date/Time: 1pm-6pm Thursday 24th September

Course Venue: The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Part 1: Introduction and course outline                                                                                                                

Definition of awareness within the personal safety milieu.

‘Self-defence’ vs ‘personal awareness’

Ineffectiveness of most physical techniques.

The adrenal response.

The predator outline.

Importance of reporting

Physical skills

Garda Briefing

Revision, Q&A, and feedback.

Part 2: Awareness and its relationship to personal safety.                                                                                          

Situational awareness and the ‘360 mind-set’

Watching your ‘6’

Visualising your journey/local knowledge.

Threat recognition/trusting your instincts.

Mobiles: Pros and cons



Part 3: The Predator outline and the Adrenal response                                                                                

Predator/Assailant preplanning and visualisation.

Predator escalation and the importance of reporting.

The percentage game (minimising/maximising your safety at all times)

The Adrenal response, physical, emotional and psychological.

Ineffectiveness of most complex physical techniques within an adrenalized situation.

Avoiding becoming a ‘target of opportunity’.

Part 4: Garda Briefing                                                                                                                   

TBC, but in our conversation beforehand we discussed the importance of people knowing the legal definitions of assault, harassment, intimidation etc. And a stressing of the early reporting of situations and using the Gardaí as a community resource rather than a call of last resort.

Part 5: Physical Skills.                                                                                                                   

A re-stressing of the legal terms defined earlier by the Garda and a re-stressing of the facts that complicated physical techniques tend towards the ineffective.

High percentage and low percentage moves.

Basic grab evasion.

The essentialities of escape.

How to strike.

Exams end

Whats Happening

4,000 NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register for May 22nd Referendum


4,000 NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register for May 22nd Referendum

A Voter Registration Drive by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway GigSoc (NUI Galway’s LGBTQA Society) has resulted in 4,000 students being added to the supplemental register of electors. The campaign sought to register both new voters and voters wishing to change their address who might otherwise have missed out on the opportunity to have their say on 22nd May. Although Voter Registration Drives are not unusual events on campus, the Marriage Equality Referendum has attracted a huge amount of interest amongst NUI Galway students. Last year GigSoc called a referendum of NUI Galway students on the issue of marriage equality which was supported by 95% of students. Both the Students’ Union and GigSoc are confident that those figures will apply to the 4,000 students who have registered to vote and will provide a significant boost in the overall poll.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President / Education Officer Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to support the yes vote in the upcoming referendum. There is an overwhelming appetite for a yes vote among the student body and the Students’ Union has made every effort to accommodate its members in this referendum. Students are making it very clear that they will have their say on something they believe will change Ireland for the better. It’s very clear that students believe that marriage is something that should be made available to everyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation.” 

Gary McMahon, Communications Officer, Galway City Council said: “We had seen an unprecedented amount of registrations come in the weeks prior to the deadline especially on Tuesday May 5th. We were unable to keep track of the amount registered. To facilitate the overwhelming demand of applications to the supplemental register, a member of an Garda Síochána from Mill Street Station was present on the closing date to stamp the necessary forms. We estimate that we had at least four times the usual amount of applications to the supplemental register, and a lot of young voters in particular were adamant to get on the register for these referenda.”


For more information, contact:

Phelim Kelly                        

Vice-President / Education Officer                                                                      

NUI Galway Students’ Union                               

Ph. 086 385 3658


Summer In Galway 2015


What’s on in Galway this Summer: 

March for Marriage Equality Galway 3pm Saturday 16th May 2015

Pint of Science 18th & 19th May 2015

Get out and VOTE to Make Grá The Law 7am-10pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Galway African Film Festival 22nd-24th May 2015

Salthill Devon National 5 A Sides Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Galway Bike Week 13th-21st June 2015

NUIG Colour Dash Sunday 21st June 2015

Dip in The Nip Sunday 21st June 2015

Galway Simon 10km or 10mile Sunday 28th June 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 1st July 2015

Colours Fringe Festival 1st-8th July 2015 

Galway Film Fleadh 7th – 12th July 2015

Galway Fringe Festival 11th – 27th July 2015

Galway Aquathon Festival Sat 11th July 2015 

Galway International Arts Festival 13th – 26th July 2015

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 27th July- Sunday 2nd August 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th August 2015

Streets of Galway 8k Race Saturday 8th August 2015

Galway Community Pride Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th August 2015

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara 14th – 16th August 2015

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 website for volunteering opportunities. 

Stay tuned to all the Galway Festival action on Galway Festival Radio 101.3 FM 

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2015/16. Start your countdown! 

May Bank Holiday

Whats Happening