August 2023

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SU Weekly Email 1 – 31st Aug 2023

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn. Beidh Leagan Gaeilge ar fáil ANSEO  


What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at the University of Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:


Lockers are on Sale Now

Log on to YourSpace to book and pay for your locker. You can then collect the key from the SU Office.


Early Bird Ents are Happening Now!

FREE Events to welcome all our early arrivals to the University of Galway!

  • Arriba Night 8.30pm TONIGHT Thurs 31st Aug at Sult. Latin mix + Reggaeton music to get you dancing! No need to book just turn up! 
  • Karaoke Night 8.30pm-11pm TOMORROW Fri 1st Sept at Sult BOOK HERE
  • Scavenger Hunt Sat 2nd Sept BOOK HERE
  • Campus Tours 11am + 2pm Mon-Fri until Fri 8th Sept.  BOOK HERE.


Fáilte Ar Ais Fest

Join us on Weds 6th of Sept for a day and night of FREE events at Áras na Mac Léinn and Sult. There’s lots of events from the SU, Societies, Clubs and ALIVE to welcome you back to campus and all events are FREE! Call to the SU Gazebo outside 12pm-5pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn and don’t miss live band Money4Cans at Sult from till late! We will also have lots of freebies and surprises along the way!


Your SU Services are open!

  • The SU Office is open 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm today Thurs 31st Aug and 10am-2pm tomorrow Fri 1st Sept. From 4th Sept we are open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn (beside Sult). Call in to collect your Student Leap Card, get free condoms/period products, get SU Charity Socks, collect your locker keys, recycle batteries/vapes and lots more!
  • The SU FREE Cloakroom reopens Mon 4th Sept and will be open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday in the Library basement near the SU Shop. You can drop off your luggage for free here and we also have free condoms/period products.
  • Our services at Sult, the SU Shop and Smokey’s Café are all open so call by and shop local!
  • The SU Síbín is currently closed for renovations but will be back bigger and better soon!


Save Money on Public Transport

  • If you are aged under 24 years old you can apply for the Young Adult Travel Card HERE and it will be posted directly to the address you put in your application.
  • If you are 16-18 or over 24 years old and a student you can apply for the Student Leap Card HERE and collect it from the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)


We’re going to Electric Picnic!

SU Environmental + Sustainability Officer Molly will be hosting the Climate Breakfast 11am Saturday + Sunday with free food from the Student Pantry. Find us at the Climate Live Stage.


Life Skills

Our Life Skills courses are now enrolling for the year ahead. Spaces are limited so sign up soon for:

  • Sign Language
  • Gaeilge
  • Pilates
  • Financial Resilience
  • Self Defence
  • Heartsaver AED
  • Mental Health
  • Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre
  • safeTALK Suicide Alertness

More info and registration HERE


Welcome Magazine

Our Fáilte magazine has all the information you need about starting life at the University of Galway and Galway! There’s some great offers, deals and information from our supporters too so have a read HERE.


Class Reps

Can you lead the way and be the voice of your class this year? Nominations for Class Rep positions for returning students open Mon 4th of Sept and close Fri 15th Sept on YourSpace. It’s a great way to gain experience, make friends, get training and get your Class Rep Hoodie! More information HERE.


Free Period Products

Free period products are now available from locations across campus. More info HERE. Please take only what you need!


Coming Up This September

  • Teaching Starts Mon 4th Sept
  • Fáilte Ar Ais Fest 12pm-11pm Weds 6th Sept
  • Bumble presents Funk Tribu 8pm-11.30pm Thurs 7th Sept at Sult Ticket Link
  • Outdoor Cinema Mon 11th Sept. Free tickets HERE.
  • Online Orientation Tues 12th – Thurs 14th Sept
  • Freshers Fest/Orientation Fri 15th Sept
  • Fáilte Fest/Orientation Sat 16th Sept
  • 1st Year Teaching Starts Mon 18th Sept
  • Socs Day + Volunteering Fair 12pm-5pm Tues 19th Sept
  • SDG Table Quiz 7pm Tues 19th Sept
  • Clubs Day 12pm-4pm Weds 20th Sept
  • SU Freshers Fair 11am-3pm Thurs 21st Sept
  • Environmental Summit 11am-3pm Fri 22nd Sept
  • Lab Coat + Goggle Giveaway 10am Mon 25th Sept


We are hiring: Sin Editor

Sin is the official student news outlet of the University of Galway Students’ Union. Produced by the Students’ Union, Sin includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews. The Editor will be responsible for producing three issues of Sin each Semester which will be published online. In addition to the published issues, the Editor will collate content for which will include up to date news and features. Full job description and rate of pay HERE. Closing date for applications 5pm Tues 5th Sept.


FREE Library Training Sessions – FYI: First Year In

Get to know YOUR University of Galway Library. What are the Library’s collections and services, and how can they help you succeed during your studies at Galway.

  • 3pm Tues 5 Sept. More info and registration HERE.
  • 3pm Thurs 7th Sept. More info and registration HERE.


Ways to get involved with your SU this year 


Campus Tours

Free Campus Tours will run on weekdays at 11am and 2pm until Fri 8th Sept. Spaces are limited so book your slot in advance and find out more on Eventbrite.


Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.


Learn how to use Canvas

Now that Blackboard is gone it’s time to learn how to use Canvas! Intro to Canvas 30-45 minute online sessions will introduce you to the basics of Canvas – logging-in, accessing courses/content and how to get help. More info + registration HERE.


IdeasLab’s Enterprise Challenge

This is a 7-week programme where you will work in multidisciplinary teams, develop problem-solving skills, and create and test new ideas with a chance to win €3,000. Each team will receive weekly mentorship from enterprise experts. Click HERE to sign up by 5pm Thurs 14th Sept.


Handy Links For You


Galway City Clean Up

Galway City Tidy Towns are cleaning up Galway City Centre 5pm-7pm Tues 5th + Weds 6th Sept. The meeting point is Ravens Terrace and all equipment is provided. Meet new people and help make Galway a cleaner, greener place!


Mental Health Supports

Don’t be afraid to reach out, you’re not alone. More info here.


Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Tik Tok (@cmlong_su) and Twitter.


Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn. Beidh Leagan Gaeilge ar fáil ANSEO  


Cad is Comhaltas na Mac Léinn ann?

“Is é misean an Chomhaltais ionadaíocht a dhéanamh dá chuid ball, agus cearta na mball sin a chur chun cinn, a chosaint agus a chur i bhfeidhm ar gach leibhéal den tsochaí.” – Bunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Is eagraíocht ionadaíoch é Comhaltas na Mac Léinn atá neamhspleách ón Ollscoil agus cuimsíonn sí gach mac léinn cláraithe in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe. Ós rud é gur comhlacht neamhspleách é Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, ní gá d’oifigigh Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn freagra a thabhairt ar údaráis na hOllscoile – táimid freagrach duit, ár gcomhaltaí a thogh sinn.

Is iad seo na hoifigigh i gComhaltas na Mac Léinn atá ag obair duit i mbliana chun do chearta a chur chun cinn agus a chosaint:

  • Uachtarán: Dean
  • Leas-Uachtarán/Oideachas: Raimey
  • Leas-Uachtarán/Leas & Comhionannas: Izzy
  • Leas-Uachtarán don Ghaeilge: Faye
  • Mic Léinn Lánfhásta: Adrian
  • Iarchéimithe Teagasctha: Fionn
  • Iarchéimithe i mbun Taighde: Chris
  • Clubanna: Raunak
  • Tionólaí Choláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh: Ruairí
  • Tionólaí Choláiste na hEolaíochta agus Innealtóireachta: Joey
  • Tionólaí Choláiste an Leighis, an Altranais & na nEolaíochtaí Sláinte: Katie
  • Tionólaí Choláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí & an Dlí: Cameron
  • Cearta Inscne agus LADT+: Sava
  • Cearta Míchumais: Mary
  • Cathaoirleach na gCumann: Rachel
  • Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach: Vanessa
  • Oifigeach na Mac Léinn Idirnáisiúnta: Julia
  • Oifigeach Comhshaoil agus Inbhuanaitheachta: Molly


Tá Taisceadáin ar Díol Anois

Logáil isteach ar chun áirithint a dhéanamh agus íoc as do thaisceadán. Is féidir leat an eochair a bhailiú ansin ó Oifig Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.


Tá Iontrálacha Mochóirí ag Tarlú Anois!

Imeachtaí SAOR IN AISCE chun fáilte a chur roimh ár mic léinn go léir a tháinig chuig Ollscoil na Gaillimhe go luath!

  • Oíche Arriba 8.30i.n. ANOCHT Déardaoin 31 Lúnasa ag Sult. Ceol mix Laidine + Reggaeton ar mhaithe leat a chur ag damhsa! Ní gá áirithint a dhéanamh, téigh ann go díreach!
  • Oíche Cháirióice – 8.30i.n.-11i.n.AMÁRACH Dé hAoine, an 1 Meán Fómhair ag Sult CUIR IN ÁIRITHE ANSEO
  • Tóraíocht Taisce – Dé Sathairn, an 2 Meán Fómhair CUIR IN ÁIRITHE ANSEO
  • Turais thart ar an gCampas 11r.n. + 2i.n. Dé Luain – Aoine a fhad leis an Aoine, an 8 Meán Fómhair. CUIR IN ÁIRITHE ANSEO.


Fáilte Ar Ais Fest

Bí linn Dé Céadaoin 6 Meán Fómhair le haghaidh lá agus oíche imeachtaí SAOR IN AISCE IN Áras na Mac Léinn agus Sult. Tá go leor imeachtaí ann ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, Cumainn, Clubanna agus ALIVE chun fáilte a chur romhat ar ais ar an gcampas agus tá na himeachtaí go léir SAOR IN AISCE! Téigh isteach i nGaiséabó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn lasmuigh d’Áras na Mac Léinn 12i.n.-5i.n. agus ná caill banna ceoil beo Money4Cans ag Sult ar siúl ó luath go mall! Beidh go leor aiscíní agus ábhair aontais againn freisin!


Tá do Sheirbhísí Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn oscailte!

  • Oifig Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn ar oscailt 10r.n.-12.30i.n. agus 2i.n.-4.30i.n. inniu Déardaoin, an 31 Lúnasa agus 10r.n.-2i.n. amárach Dé hAoine, an 1 Meán Fómhair. Ón 4 Meán Fómhair beidh muid ar oscailt Dé Luain – Aoine 10r.n.-5i.n. thuas staighre in Áras na Mac Léinn (in aice le Sult). Buail isteach chun do Chárta Leap do Mhic Léinn a bhailiú, coiscíní/táirgí míostraithe saor in aisce a fháil, Stocaí Carthanachta Chomhaltas na Mac Léinna fháil, d’eochracha taisceadáin a bhailiú, cadhnraí/galtoitíní a athchúrsáil agus go leor eile!
  • Athosclaíonn Seomraí Cótaí SAOR IN AISCE Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn dé Luain 4 Meán Fómhair agus beidh sé ar oscailt 9r.n.-5i.n. Dé Luain – Aoine in íoslach na Leabharlainne gar do Shiopa Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn. Is féidir leat do bhagáiste a fhágáil saor anseo agus tá coiscíní/ súitíní saor in aisce againn freisin.
  • Tá ár seirbhísí ag Sult, Siopa Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn agus Smokey’s Café ar oscailt agus mar sin buail isteach agus bí ag siopadóireacht go háitiúil!
  • Tá Síbín Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn dúnta le haghaidh athchóirithe faoi láthair ach beidh sé ar ais agus é níos mó agus níos fearr go luath!


Sábháil Airgead ar Iompar Poiblí

  • Má tá tú faoi bhun 24 bliana d’aois is féidir leat iarratas a dhéanamh ar an gCárta Taistil do Dhaoine Óga ANSEO agus seolfar sa phost é go díreach chuig an seoladh a chuir tú le d’iarratas.
  • Má tá tú 16-18os cionn 24 bliana d’aois agus i do mhac léinn is féidir leat iarratas a dhéanamh ar an gCárta Leap do Mhic Léinn ANSEO agus é a bhailiú ó Oifig Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn thuas staighre in Áras na Mac Léinn (Luan-Aoine 10r.n.-5i.n.).


Táimid ag dul go Electric Picnic!

Beidh Oifigeach Comhshaoil + Inbhuanaitheachta Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn Molly ag óstáil an Bricfeasta Aeráide 11r.n. Dé Sathairn + Dé Domhnaigh le bia saor in aisce ó Phantraí na Mac Léinn. Aimsigh muid ag an Ardán ‘Climate Live’.


Scileanna Saoil

Tá ár gcúrsaí Scileanna Saoil á gclárú anois don bhliain amach romhainn. Tá spásanna teoranta ann, mar sin cláraigh go luath le haghaidh:

  • Teanga Chomharthaíochta
  • Gaeilge
  • Pilates
  • Athléimneacht Airgeadais
  • Féinchosaint
  • Oiliúint ACS
  • Meabhairshláinte
  • Oiliúint um Nochtadh ó Ionad Éigeandála um Éigniú na Gaillimhe
  • Aireachas maidir le féinmharú de chuid safeTALK

Tuilleadh eolais agus clárúchán ANSEO.


Iris Fáilte

Tá an t-eolas go léir a theastaíonn uait faoin saol a thosú in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe agus i nGaillimh inár n-iris Fáilte! Tá roinnt tairiscintí, margaí agus eolas iontach ónár lucht tacaíochta freisin, mar sin bí ag léamh  ANSEO.


Ionadaithe Ranga

An féidir leat a bheith ar thosach an tslua agus a bheith mar ghuth do ranga i mbliana? Druidfidh ainmniúcháin do phoist mar Ionadaithe Ranga do mhic léinn atá ag filleadh Dé Luain, an 4 Meán Fómhair agus dúnfaidh siad ar an Aoine, an 15 Meán Fómhair ar YourSpace. Is bealach iontach é chun taithí a fháil, cairde a chruthú, oiliúint a fháil agus do Húdaí Ionadaí Ranga a fháil! Tá tuilleadh eolais ANSEO.


Táirgí Míostraithe Saor in Aisce

Tá táirgí míostraithe saor in aisce ar fáil anois ó áiteanna ar fud an champais. Tuilleadh eolais ANSEO. Tóg an méid atá uait go díreach le do thoil!


Ag teacht go luath i mí Meán Fómhair.

  • Tosaíonn an Teagasc Dé Luain, an 4 Meán Fómhair
  • Fáilte Ar Ais Fest 12i.n.-11i.n. Dé Céadaoin, an 6 Meán Fómhair
  • Cuireann Bumble ‘Funk Tribu’ i láthair 8i.n.–11.30i.n. Déardaoin, an 7 Meán Fómhair ag Sult Nasc Ticéid
  • Pictiúrlann Faoin Spéir – Luan, an 11 Meán Fómhair. Ticéid saor in aisce  ANSEO.
  • Ionduchtú Ar Líne – Máirt, an 12 – Déardaoin, an 14 Meán Fómhair
  • Aonach na bhFreisear/IonduchtúAoine, an 15 Meán Fómhair
  • Fáilte Fest/Ionduchtú Satharn, an 16 Meán Fómhair
  • Tosaíonn an Teagasc don 1ú Bliain ar an Luan, 18 Meán Fómhair
  • Lá na gCumann + Aonach Obair Dheonach 12i.n.-5i.n. Máirt, an 19 Meán Fómhair
  • Tráth na gCeist Boird SDG 7i.n. Máirt, an 19 Meán Fómhair
  • Lá na gClubanna 12i.n.-4i.n. Céadaoin, an 20 Meán Fómhair
  • Aonach na bhFreisear Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn 11r.n.-3i.n. Déardaoin, an 21 Meán Fómhair
  • Cruinniú Mullaigh Comhshaoil 11r.n.-3i.n. Aoine, an 22 Meán Fómhair
  • Cóta Saotharlainne + Spéaclaí Cosanta – Deonachán 10r.n. Luan, an 25 Meán Fómhair


Táimid ag earcú: Eagarthóir Sin

Is é Sin soláthraí nuachta oifigiúil na mac léinn de chuid Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn Ollscoil na Gaillimhe. Curtha le chéile ag Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, cuimsíonn Sin meascán de nuacht an champais, gnéithe, spórt agus athbhreithnithe. Beidh an t-Eagarthóir freagrach as trí eagrán de Sin a chur le chéile gach Seimeastar a fhoilseofar ar líne. Chomh maith leis na heagráin fhoilsithe, tiomsóidh an t-Eagarthóir ábhar do a chuimseoidh nuacht agus gnéithe cothrom le dáta. Cur síos iomlán ar an bpost agus ráta pá ANSEO. Spriocdháta d’iarratais 5i.n. Dé Máirt, an 5 Meán Fómhair.


SAOR IN AISCESeisiúin Oiliúna Leabharlainne – FYI: An Chéad Bhliain

Cuir aithne ar DO Leabharlann Ollscoil na Gaillimhe. Cad iad bailiúcháin agus seirbhísí na Leabharlainne, agus conas is féidir leo cabhrú leat rath a bhaint amach I RITH do chuid staidéir i nGaillimh.

  • n. Dé Máirt 5 Meán Fómhair. Tuilleadh eolais agus clárúchán ANSEO.
  • n. Déardaoin, an 7 Meán Fómhair. Tuilleadh eolais agus clárúchán ANSEO.


Bealaí le páirt a ghlacadh i do Chomhaltas i mbliana


Turais thart ar an gCampas

Beidh Turais thart ar an gCampas Saor in Aisce ar siúl i rith na seachtaine ag 11r.n. agus 2i.n. go dtí Aoine, an 8 Meán Fómhair. Tá spásanna teoranta mar sin cuir d’ionad in áirithe roimh ré agus faigh tuilleadh eolais ar Eventbrite.


Aonad Sláinte na Mac Léinn

Tá Aonad Sláinte na Mac Léinn SAOR IN AISCE ar oscailt ach ní mór duit do choinne a chur in áirithe ar líne sula bhfreastalaíonn tú air. Tuilleadh eolais ar a gcuid seirbhísí agus conas do choinne a chur in áirithe ar líne anseo.


Foghlaim conas Canvas a úsáid

Anois agus Blackboard imithe tá sé in am foghlaim conas Canvas a úsáid! Réamheolas ar Canvas – Tabharfaidh seisiúin 30-45 nóiméad ar líne eolas ar bhunghnéithe Canvas duit – ag logáil isteach, rochtain a fháil ar chúrsaí/ábhar agus conas cabhair a fháil. Tuilleadh eolais + clárúchán ANSEO.


Dúshlán Fiontraíochta IdeasLab

Is clár 7 seachtaine é seo ina n-oibreoidh tú i bhfoirne ildisciplíneacha, ina bhforbróidh tú scileanna réitigh fadhbanna, agus ina gcruthóidh tú agus ina dtástálfaidh tú smaointe nua agus seans agat €3,000 a bhuachan. Gheobhaidh gach foireann meantóireacht sheachtainiúil ó shaineolaithe fiontraíochta. Cliceáil ANSEO chun clárú faoi 5i.n. Déardaoin, an 14 Meán Fómhair.


Naisc Úsáideacha Duitse


Glantachán Chathair na Gaillimhe

Tá Bailte Slachtmhara Chathair na Gaillimhe ag glanadh suas Lár Chathair na Gaillimhe 5i.n.-7i.n. Dé Máirt, an 5 + Dé Céadaoin, an 6 Meán Fómhair. Is é Ardán na bhFiach an pointe cruinnithe agus cuirtear an trealamh go léir ar fáil. Buail le daoine nua agus cabhraigh le háit níos glaine, níos glaise a dhéanamh de Ghaillimh!


Tacaíochtaí Meabhairshláinte

Ná bíodh eagla ort teagmháil a dhéanamh agus cabhair a iarraidh, níl tú i d’aonar. Tuilleadh eolais ANSEO.


Contact Us / Déan Teagmháil Linn

Is féidir leat teagmháil a dhéanamh le Comhaltas na Mac Léinn trí ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig le haon cheisteanna nó moltaí atá agat. Is féidir leat ‘is maith liom’ a thabhairt dúinn nó sinn a leanúint ar Facebook Instagram Tik Tok (@ cmlong_su) agus Twitter.








Get Involved!


Get Involved!

Here’s just some of the ways you can get involved with your Students’ Union this year:

  • Class Reps

Can you lead the way and be the voice of your class this year? Nominations for Class Rep positions for returning students open Mon 4th of Sept and close Fri 15th Sept on YourSpace. It’s a great way to gain experience, make friends, get training and get your Class Rep Hoodie! More information HERE.

  • Welfare Crew

Are you passionate about student welfare issues? Join the Welfare Crew! Help plan and run campaigns on student welfare issues such as: Mental Health, Sexual Consent, Equality Issues, Sexual Health, Disability Rights and Period Poverty. What’s in it for me? Maken new friends, learn new skills, get your ALIVE Cert and get some freebies! Contact Izzy on

  • Events Crew

Help plan and run events for University of Galway students such as: Music Gigs, Charity Events, Quiz Nights, Speed Friending, Sult Takeovers and Raise and Give (RAG) Week! What’s in it for me? Make new friends, learn new skills, get your ALIVE Cert and get some freebies. Contact Dean on for more information

  • Coiste Gaeilge

Bíodh guth agat ar shaincheisteanna a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge sa Chomhaltas, san ollscoil agus níos faide ó bhaile!

Have your voice heard on Gaeilge issues within the Union, University and beyond!

Déan teagmháil le Faye | Contact Faye

  • SU Elections

Could you be an SU Officer for 2024/25? Election nominations will open in February 2024 with elections taking place in March 2024. More information HERE.

Sin Editor


We are hiring: SIN EDITOR

Sin is the official student news outlet of the University of Galway Students’ Union. Produced by the Students’ Union, Sin includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews.

The Editor will be responsible for producing three issues of Sin each Semester which will be published online. In addition to the published issues, the Editor will collate content for which will include up to date news and features. The online resource will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for University of Galway students with a focus on local and campus issues.

The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating, a team of volunteers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

· Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.

· Overall responsibility for sourcing content, including content as Gaeilge.

· Maintain a high standard of writing all Sin content.

· Edit 6 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union

· Update website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc

· Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources.

· Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time.


Thirteen weeks per semester, €275 (gross) per week.


Please include the following:

· Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

· CV

· A proposal outlining a plan of action of how you would manage Sin over the next academic year. This should include your plans for writer recruitment and retention, format of Sin, general promotion of Sin, and any other ideas you have.

Applications by email only to:

Closing date: 5:00pm Tuesday 5th September 2023

Tin Whistle Course

SU Life Skills

Tin Whistle Course

Join the SU Tin Whistle group “The Whistleblowers” this semester. Suitable for total beginners.

Learn Traditional and Contemporary songs on the Tin Whistle at weekly group lessons.

Class Dates/Times: 7pm-8pm Wednesday 16th October – Wednesday 20th November 2024

Course Venue: The SU Síbín in the Library Basement (beside An Bialann)

Course Cost: €15 for 6 Week Course (tin whistle not included you need to buy this yourself)


PLEASE NOTE: You will need to buy your own Feadóg tin whistle in the key of D. Cost is €6/€7 and is available in the following shops in Galway city :Powell’s, Opus 2, IT Music, and Kieran Maloney’s.

Course Content: 

Week 1 

Introduction to the tin whistle, its notes, possibilities, limits, etc. and to familiarise the learners with the basics of playing the instrument, (basic scale and some practice tips).

Depending on their picking up of this we will likely already begin learning our first tune together, “Fainne Geal an Lae” (a beginner-friendly march that is mostly all in the low octave on the whistle).

Question and answer time and then review and wrap-up.

Week 2  

Review and “check-in” of their progress and overall growing confidence.

Use the opportunity to iron out any basic errors in breathing and covering the holes etc..

I will then introduce playing notes in the upper octave and practise “jumping the octave scale practice”.

To reinforce this in their playing I will introduce them playing the “Kerry Polka” which is a perfect tune for alternating between the octaves on the whistle and getting used to the breath pressure needed for playing back and forth between the different notes cleanly.

Question and answer time and then review and wrap-up.

Week 3 

Review and “check-in” of their progress and overall growing confidence.

Give time for questions and answers.

I will talk to them then more deeply now about what Irish tunes are, (what makes a jig a jig, a hornpipe a hornpipe, and a reel a reel, for example). I will pay them examples of each and talk about how the whistle can be used to not only play these tunes but how it fits in with other instruments when playing in a pub session.

I will then introduce them to playing our first jig together, ¨Out on the Ocean”.

Question and answer time and then review and wrap-up.

Week 4

Review and “check-in” of their progress and overall growing confidence.

Review the three tunes above they have already been introduced to together, reinforce how far they have already come, and iron out any lingering issues executing the basics.

I will then introduce them to playing our first hornpipe together, “The Boys of Blue Hill”.

Question and answer time and then review and wrap-up.

Week 5 

Review and “check-in” of their progress and overall growing confidence.

Introduce them to the basics of ornamentation when playing the whistle (cuts, taps, rolls etc.)

Show them how they can practise these ornaments during their scale warm-ups from now on in the future.

Show them how these ornaments can be incorporated into the tunes they have already learned by playing them for them without ornamentation, and then with ornamentation.

Take time then to encourage them to try incorporating some of these ornaments to these tunes they have already learned by practising them together with ornaments.

I will then introduce them to playing our first reel together, “The Coal Miner’s”, (a reel that is beginner-friendly but also allows them to immediately incorporate ornaments).

Question and answer time and then review and wrap-up.

Week 6  

Review and “check-in” of their progress and overall growing confidence.

Quickly reinforce, and play along with them, the Irish tunes they have learned already, a march, a polka, a jig, a hornpipe, and a reel!

Instill in them the confidence that they can have a lifetime ahead of enjoying playing the tin whistle and Irish music.

Early Bird Ents


Early Bird Ents | Imeachtaí Luatha Siamsaíochta 

FREE Events to welcome all our early arrivals to University of Galway 

  • Irish Movie Night 7pm Sunday 27th August in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Free popcorn! BOOK HERE  
  • Games Night 6pm Monday 28th August in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn BOOK HERE
  • Pub Quiz 6.30pm Tuesday 29th August in the Corrib Room at Sult  BOOK HERE
  • Traditional Irish Music with the Luke O’Malley Trad Band 8pm-10pm Wednesday 30th August at Sult. No need to book just turn up!
  • Arriba Night 8.30pm Thursday 31st August at Sult. Latin mix + Reggaeton music to get you dancing! No need to book just turn up! 
  • Speed Friending 5pm-7pm Friday 1st September in the Corrib Room at Sult BOOK HERE
  • Karaoke Night 8.30pm-11pm Friday 1st September at Sult BOOK HERE
  • Scavenger Hunt Saturday 2nd September BOOK HERE
  • Diamond Hill Hike in Connemara 9am Sunday 3rd September with the University of Galway Mountaineering Club. Return bus provided. BOOK HERE
  • Campus Tours 11am + 2pm Tuesday 29th August – Friday 8th September.  BOOK HERE.

All events are FREE but spaces are limited on some events and there’s a €2 refundable deposit for the hike.

Please make sure to book your place via the links above.

Free Period Products


Free Period Products | Táirgí Míostraithe Saor in Aisce

Now available from:

  • Áras na Mac Léinn (SU Office + Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Áras Moyola (Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Library Basement (SU Cloakroom, SU Síbín + Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Engineering Building (Foyer)
  • Arts/Science Concourse (Beside Student Enquiry Centre)
  • Arts Millennium Building (Ladies toilet ground floor)

Please take only what you need!

If the dispenser needs refilling please use the contact details on the side of the bin to let us know.

A joint pilot project from University of Galway and University of Galway Students’ Union.




Free Period Product Initiative Launched at University of Galway

University of Galway and University of Galway Students’ Union have launched a pilot programme distributing free period products across campus to tackle the issue of period poverty among students and staff.

The pilot stems from an initiative that was launched by the Students’ Union in 2017 to address the serious financial pressures and taboos faced by students who menstruate.

The University is now funding and supporting the pilot programme to supply more free items in locations across campus for those who need them.

The high cost of period products and the societal stigma which can still be attached to menstruation can lead to exclusion, mental health impacts and the use of unsuitable alternatives by those who menstruate. This programme aims to combat these issues and foster an inclusive, open campus with access for all.

Students’ Union Vice President/Welfare Officer Izzy Tiernan said: “Period poverty and hygiene poverty are very real issues for our 19,000 student members. We are delighted that the University is supporting this pilot programme. We are calling on the Government to act now on the “Period Poverty in Ireland Report” from February 2021. Students have enough financial worries as it is with the cost of living crisis and spiraling rents, and we firmly believe the Government needs to mitigate the cost of these essential healthcare products for all.”

Josephine Walsh, Head of Student Engagement at University of Galway, said: “Student Services at the University are delighted to be able to support the Students’ Union on this important initiative and policy for students. It is symbolic recognition by the University of the very real issues that our students face and even moreso we know it will make a very real difference in their lives.”

University of Galway Deputy President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said: “We are proud of the initiative that was taken by our students and their representatives, and as a University we are delighted that we are able to follow their lead and support efforts to alleviate cost and the effects of period poverty. Our new policy of free period products at University of Galway is a strong symbol of progress and how we can work together, with our students, to ensure better outcomes and respond to need.”

SU Cloakroom + Reception Job Applications OPEN


SU Cloakroom + Reception Job Applications

Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the University of Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Reception Desk for the 2023/24 academic term.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, University of Galway Students’ Union by email to before 5pm on Monday 21st of August 2023.

Full job description is available HERE: Job Description Cloakroom 2023

Late applications will not be accepted.

These services will be open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday during term time. Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours.

Please note: You must be available for training the week of 28th of August and be prepared to start work on Monday 4th September 2023.

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund


Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

University of Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2023/24. Last year students ran a series of events including a giant Christmas Raffle, a Taylor Swift night, saucy Sex Toy Bingo, charity Take Me Out, head shaves, table quizzes, a Drag Race and a Sports Day. They raised €19,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Galway Simon Community.

Application forms for the fund are available from the Students’ Union website HERE: Uni of Galway SU Charity Applicaiton Form 2023 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 28th of August 2023. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Students’ Union President Dean Kenny said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, University Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes with our Charity events including Raise and Give Week. These events will encourage our students to get involved in helping their community whilst also making friends and having fun.”

PICTURED (Left to Right): Raimey O’Boyle, Dean Kenny, Faye Ní Dhomhnaill and Izzy Tiernan (University of Galway Students’ Union)


Fáilte á Cur ag Comhaltas na Mac Léinn roimh Iarratais ar an gCiste Bliantúil Carthanachta

Tá Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe ag glacadh le hiarratais anois ó Charthanais ar mian leo a n-ainm a chur sa rith le haghaidh an fheachtais bhliantúil tiomsaithe airgid do 2023/24. I measc na n-imeachtaí a d’eagraigh mic léinn anuraidh bhí Crannchur Ollmhór na Nollag, Oíche Taylor Swift, Biongó Gnéasbhréagán, Take Me Out ar son carthanachta, tráth na gceist, Rás Draig agus Lá Spórt. Bhailigh siad €19,000 d’Ionad Éigeandála na Gaillimhe um Éigniú agus do Chlann Shíomóin na Gaillimhe.

Tá foirmeacha iarratais ar an gciste le fáil ó láithreán gréasáin Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn,, agus ní mór iarratais a chur isteach faoi 5 i.n., Dé Luain, an 28 Lúnasa 2023. Tabhair faoi deara go ndéanfar do charthanas a dhícháiliú go huathoibríoch má dhéantar aon iarracht canbhasáil ar a shon.

Dúirt Dean Kenny, Uachtarán Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn: “Tá traidisiún na carthanachta go smior i mic léinn Ollscoil na Gaillimhe d’ainneoin na gciorruithe uile agus na ndúshlán a bhíonn le sárú acu gach uile lá. Tá súil againn níos mó airgid ná riamh a bhailiú i mbliana ar son cúiseanna maithe trínár nImeachtaí Carthanachta, An tSeachtain um Bailiú agus Bronnadh ina measc. Spreagfaidh na himeachtaí seo ár gcuid mac léinn lena gcion féin a dhéanamh ar son a bpobal, chomh maith le cairde nua a dhéanamh agus spraoi a bheith acu ag an am céanna.”

SA GHRIANGHRAF (Ó Chlé go Deas): Raimey O’Boyle, Dean Kenny, Faye Ní Dhomhnaill agus Izzy Tiernan (Comhaltas na Mac Léinn in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe)