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Refreshers Fair


Refreshers Fair | Aonach na nAth-Fhreisear

11:00-15:00 Tuesday 31st of January | Dé Máirt 31 Eanair 2023 Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Freebies
  • Giveaways
  • Exhibitors include: Claddagh Credit Union, Kingfisher Gym, Matt O’Flaherty’s Chemist, Pálás Cinema, USA Summer Camp, USIT, Big O Taxis, Lidl Galway, Active* Consent and ALIVE Student Volunteering.
  • J1 Information Talk at 2pm in The View from USIT
  • Food Stalls from Ember Firehouse and Juice Genie
  • Second Hand Clothes Sale with Galway Simon Community and NCBI
  • Music from Flirt FM

Take Me Out


Take Me Out 

Take Me Out is back 8pm Wednesday 22nd of February at Sult!

This event is a chance to maybe find some romance and definitely have the craic all while raising fund for the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Galway Simon Community.

Want to take part? Contestant applications close 5pm Friday 20th of January. Apply online HERE. 

Limited audience tickets €5 + booking fee on sale HERE soon!

International Student Orientation


Free Welcome Events for International Students

Spaces limited. Book on Eventbrite HERE


Wednesday 4th January

12:00 + 14:00 Campus Tours meet in Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

18:00-21:00 Movie Night in O’Flaherty Theatre


Thursday 5th January

14:00 + 15:00 Campus Tours meet in Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

19:00-20:00 Speed Friending at Sult

21:00-Late Arriba Latin American night at Sult


Friday 6th January

12:00 + 14:00 + 15:00 Campus Tours meet in Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

20:00-Late Karaoke at Sult


Saturday 7th January

14:00-17:00 Scavenger Hunt meet in Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

18:00-20:00 Pub Quiz at Sult


Sunday 8th January

12:00 + 14:00 Galway City Walking Tours meet in Foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn

18:00-20:00 Board games evening in the Hub


Spaces limited. Book on Eventbrite HERE

Christmas Holiday Arrangements


Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2022

University of Galway semester 1 teaching and exams ends on Fri 16th Dec 2022.

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Mon 9th of Jan 2023.

Academic Dates for the rest of 2022/23 are available HERE.

  • The Students’ Union Office will close 5pm Weds 21st Dec and reopen 10am Mon 9th Jan.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 7pm on Fri 16th Dec and reopen 9am Mon 9th Jan.
  • The SU Síbín will close at 5pm on Fri 16th Dec and reopen 9am Mon 9th Jan.
  • Sult will close 6pm Weds 21st Dec and reopen 8.30am Weds 4th Jan.
  • The SU Shop will close Weds 21st Dec and reopen Weds 4th Jan.
  • Smokey’s Café will close on Fri 16th Dec and reopen Weds 4th Jan.
  • The James Hardiman Library will close at 5.30pm Fri 23rd Dec and reopen 8.30am Weds 4th Jan.
  • The Reading Room will be open 19th – 23rd December: 07:00 – 02:30, 24th December: 07:00 – midnight,  25th + 26th December: Closed,  27th – 31st December: 7:00 – midnight, 1st + 2nd January 2023: Closed
  • The Student Health Unit will close 4.30pm Tues 20th Dec and will reopen 9.30am Thurs 5th Jan. For urgent/emergency medical issues during this time please go to their website for services which are available – please note there is a charge for these services.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tues 24th of Jan.
  • Flirt FM are closed/running repeats from Sun 18th Dec until Mon 16th Jan. The studios are bookable by request to
  • The Socsbox and Hub Office/Kitchen will be closed from Sat 17th Dec and reopen Mon 9th Jan. The common area to the Hub will still be open access with the exception of Christmas Day as the building will be closed.
  • The Chaplaincy will be open as a social space 10am-6pm throughout the holidays and they will have refreshments, Christmas Movies and board games 10am-6pm Christmas Day + New Year’s Day – all welcome.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise ó Oifigigh agus ó Fhoireann Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2023!

Macalla – Irisleabhar


Macalla – Irisleabhar

Táimid ag cur fáilte roimh iontrálacha don irisleabhar “Macalla”.

Tá fáilte roimh ábhar den sórt seo: Filíocht, griangrafadóireacht, gearrscéalta, ailt tuairimíochta, ealaín, léirmheasanna agus aon sórt ealaíne a bheadh suim agat ann.

Tá fáilte roimh iontrálacha ó mhic léinn agus foireann na hollscoile.

An spriocdháta atá ann ná Dé hAoine 20 Eanair ag 5in.

Cuirigí iontrálacha chuig 

Christmas Raffle


SU Christmas Raffle 

Thanks so much to everyone for supporting the raffle by buying tickets and donating prizes. With your help we have raised an amazing €3,722 for the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Galway Simon Community.

Our Prize Winners are:

Raffle Prize
1 A Dell XPS Laptop Emma Gunning
2 Planet Health 3 Month Membership Megan Doyle
3 Dough Bros €30 Voucher Shauna Considine
4 Charlie Byrne Bookshop €25 Voucher Ciara Kennedy
5 Afternoon Tea for Two in the Galmont Aislinn Boyle
6 Pálás Cinema Voucher Maryrose Idu
7 Wards Sandwiches €50 Voucher Dara Walsh
8 Whack Vintage €50 Voucher Ciara Ennis
9 Delight Café €50 Voucher Laura Moore
10 Ground & Co €50 Voucher Rebecca Lane
11 Mr.Waffle €50 Voucher Eimear Clogher
12 CeraVe Hamper Antonín Štefka
13 CeraVe Hamper Tara O’Malley
14 2 University of Galway Hoodies from SU Shop Esmeralda Perez
15 Domino’s Pizza €50 Voucher Abigail Rekas
16 Matt’s Sandwich €20 Voucher Safia Gul
17 Rúibín €100 Voucher Katie Flynn
18 Nivea Hamper University Late Night Pharmacy Anda&Bernie Eglite &Lambe
19 Ember Firehouse Voucher Méabh O’Callaghan
20 Gourmet Tart Company Voucher Dara Colleran
21 Sult €50 Voucher Lisa Coleman
22 Juice Genie Vouchers Sinéad Mitchell
23  Aldi €50 Voucher Eléa Thuilier
24 Citylink Vouchers Cherrelle Johnson
25 Sew It Seams Fleece Paula Healy
26 56 Central €50 Voucher Geraldine Marley
27 Stodge Face Box of 12 Donuts Katie McCreedy
28 My Shop Granny Likes It €25 Voucher Mark McGuinness
29 Matt O’Flaherty Spotlight Electric Toothbrush Jack Hick
30 Fad Saoil Sauna €50 Voucher Irina Schürmanns
31 Personalised Gold Three Layered Disc Necklace from All the Falling Stars Eve Power


Exam Tips


Exam Tips | Leideanna Scrúduithe

Before the Exam

  • We all learn differently, try different study methods and find out what works for you.
  • Focus and systematically work through each topic, question by question.
  • Do past exam papers and practice questions.
  • If you need help with a topic – reach out to your classmates or your lecturer.
  • Know when your exams are – check out your personalised timetable on the University of Galway exams website.
  • Know what type of exam you will be sitting – open book, MCQ, 2 hour written paper etc. if you are unsure – ASK.

During the Exam

  • Take time to settle yourself and BREATHE
  • Read all questions carefully.
  • Leave time to review your paper at the end.
  • Set time allocations for each question and move on once the time elapses.

Minding Yourself

  • Take regular breaks during study.
  • Avoid burn out, sleep well, keep active and allow yourself to take time off.
  • Eat healthy
  • Set personal goals.
  • Take each day as it comes – don’t be disheartened if you have a bad exam or study isn’t going well.

Study Space | Spásanna Staidéar

EXAMS WEEK 1 AMB 1005 Arts Millennium Building Career Seminar Room Concourse Dunican Theatre Concourse
Mon 5th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00 08:00-13:00



Tues 6th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-10:00


Weds 7th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00
Thurs 8th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00 08:00-15:00


Fri 9th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-10:00


Sat 10th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00
Sun 11th Dec 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00 08:00-23:00


Study Week Freebies! You can get free porridge with any hot drink purchase at Sult each morning using your SU Card while stocks last. We will have free tea/coffee/fruit/treats at 11am Mon 28th-Thurs 1st Dec at our new SU space the Síbín in the library basement. The library will have free tea/coffee 11am + 2pm Fri 2nd Dec.

Study Week Breaks:

  • 7pm Mon 28th Nov Coral Soc Christmas Concert. Tickets
  • 11am-3pm Tues 29th Nov USIT J1 Roadshow at SU
  • 8pm Tues 29th Nov Sult (Taylor’s Version). Tickets
  • 8am Weds 30th Nov Coldvember Final Swim
  • 5pm-7pm Weds 30th Nov Climate Crew meet up at The Stage
  • 11am-3pm Thurs 1st Dec Thriftmas Market and Pet Farm. Info
  • 8pm Thurs 1st Dec World AIDS Day Candlelit Concert at Nicholas’ Collegiate Church


EASE is a 2 week programme designed to prepare you for you upcoming exams. More info HERE

Exam Info

Go to the Exams Office website HERE.

Mental Health Supports

Click HERE

PC Suites unavailable during Semester 1 Exam Session

To facilitate Semester 1 Computer-Based Assessments, the following PC Suite will be closed from 14:00 on Friday 2nd December until 09:00 on Wednesday 7th December:

  • Arts Millennium Building – Arts Millennium Suite – First Floor – AMB1024

The following PC Suites will be closed from 14:00 on Friday 2nd December until 19:00 on Friday, 16th December:

  • Arts & Sciences Building – Arts Faculty Suite – First Floor – Room ISS229
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building – ENG2016 PC Suite
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building – ENG2017 PC Suite
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building – G046 Eng PC Suite
  • Block E – Finnegan PC Suite – Room 2012
  • Information Technology (IT) Building – IT 106

Thriftmas Market + Pet Farm


Thriftmas Market + Pet Farm | Tíosmhargadh na Nollag agus Feirm Peata

11:00-15:00 Thursday 1st December | Déardaoin 1 Nollaig Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Wooly Pet Farm
  • Student Business Stalls
  • Galway Simon Community Second Hand Clothes Pop Up
  • DJ Soc

Join us 11am-3pm Thurs 1st of Dec for a Thriftmas Market and Pet Farm visit at Áras na Mac Léinn.

Outside there will be Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chicks, Chickens, Ducks, Goat and a Llama from Wooly Farm.

Galway Simon Community will have a pop up second hand clothes shop in the large and small acoustic rooms.

DJ Soc will be playing some tunes and there will be students selling their products in the foyer with lots of Christmas present inspiration for you!

The Socs Box will also have freebies on the day.

Confirmed Student Traders (click link to see their Instagram pages)

  1. Joy Morton Art
  2. Bambino
  3. Style Soup
  4. Beads by Niki
  5. Maisie H
  6.  Croslay



Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week | An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis

Monday 21st November | Dé Luain an 21 Samhain

  • 13:00-14:00 Best Sex Ever Workshop with Grace Alice Ó Sé sex and intimacy specialist and author from Kerry, Ireland.

This workshop explores definitions of sex and sexuality and encourages participants to broaden their understanding of each beyond gendered, heteronormative, penetration and performance-focused social scripts. Grace guides participants through opening up these definitions towards a more inclusive, pleasure-focused view of sex and sexuality. She also teases out sex positivity and shame and how influential both can be in a person’s sex life. Many ‘norms’ and ‘should’s around sex are brought to the surface and tackled with empathy and kindness, helping participants feel more informed and empowered to create sexual experiences that they truly want, rather than what they think they should have. Embracing true sex positivity and dismantling shame = the best sex ever! Online event. Book HERE.

Tuesday 22nd November | Dé Máirt an 22 Samhain

  • 11:00 Cakes and Contraception in the Corrib Room at Sult. Join us for tea, coffee, erotic cupcakes and free contraceptives!
  • 11:00-12:30pm Active* Consent Info Stand on Concourse outside the Student Enquiry Centre.
  • 14:00-15:00 Kink Workshop with Aoife Murray. Kink-sent: During this highly interactive workshop we’ll discuss common consent frameworks, tips for steamy communication, online dating safety & more. Aoife is a Peer Kink Educator and Consultant with a focus on risk aware kink education and emphasising the importance of informed consent. Online event. Book HERE.

Wednesday 23rd November | Dé Céadaoin an 23 Samhain

  • 11:00-12:30pm Active* Consent Info Stand on Concourse outside the Student Enquiry Centre.
  • 13:00-15:00 FREE Rapid HIV Testing with Sexual Health West in the Space. No appointment required.
  • 19:30 Sex Toy Bingo at Sult | Biongó Bréagán Gnéis i Sult. SOLD OUT!

Thursday 24th November | Déardaoin an 24 Samhain 

  • 10:00-14:00 Disclosure Training | Oiliúint Nochta – In person Workshop with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. FULLY BOOKED.
  • 13:00-14:00 Healthy Relationships Workshop with Dr Caroline West. In person event in AMB G067 in the Arts Millennium Building.

This workshop explores what healthy relationships look like, and outlines what the differences are between green and red flags. Domestic abuse can take many forms and this workshop walks participants through these while identifying what supports are available in Ireland. Concepts such as gaslighting will also be explained, as well as providing tools for victims to empower themselves to recover from trauma. We will also speak about how to ensure healthy communication and how to centre pleasure in your relationship- however you define pleasure! Book HERE.

  • 14:00-15:00 Digital Intimacy Workshop with Dr Caroline West and Active* Consent. In person event in AMB G067 in the Arts Millennium Building. We live in a world where it seems like everyone is swiping, liking, and sharing content, but how we can explore intimacy online in a safe and fun way? This workshop from Active*Consent goes through the different ways that intimacy can take place online, and how to make it a positive experience for all. Book HERE.

Friday 25th November | Dé hAoine an 25 Samhain

  • Elimination of Violence Against Women Day: Look out for our #TooIntoYou Red Flags

ALL WEEK | An tseachtain ar fad

  • Guess How Many Condoms are in the Jar | Tomhais Cá Mhéad Coincíní atá sa Chrúsca
  • Free panic alarms, condoms and period packs from SU Office (while stocks last)
  • Book your FREE STI Test with the Student Health Unit on 091 494 337
  • Order your free at home STI Test at

More information from | Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó

Seachtain Ghaelach


Seachtain Ghaelach

Fáilte roimh chách! | Everyone is welcome!

Dé Luain 14ú Samhain | Monday 14th November

07:30-08:30 Lá Gaeilge ag Coldvember i Bóthar na Trá le TradSoc | Gaeilge day at Coldvember at Blackrock with TradSoc

11:00-14:00 Sam Maguire agus Liam McCarthy in Oifig an Chomhaltais le In The Zone| Sam Maguire + Liam McCarthy Cup in SU Office with In The Zone

13:00-14:00 Flirt FM ar 101.3FM | Flirt FM on 101.3FM

Dé Máirt 15ú Samhain | Tuesday 15th November

An lá ar fad Gaeilge 24 | All Day Gaeilge 24

12:00-13:00 Ceol i Smokey’s le TradSoc | Music in Smokey’s Café with TradSoc

13:00-14:00 Flirt FM ar 101.3FM | Flirt FM on 101.3FM

20:00-Déanach Céilí Mór le TradSoc agus Cumann Gaelach i Sult | Big Céilí at Sult with TradSoc and Cumann Gaelach

Dé Céadaoin 16ú Samhain | Wednesday 16th November

13:00-14:00 Flirt FM ar 101.3FM | Flirt FM on 101.3FM

16:00-17:00 Tionchar ag an athrú aeráide ar an nGaeilge i  AMB-G065 | The impact of climate change on Gaeilge in AMB-G065 TICÉIDÍ | TICKETS

19:30-21:00 Oíche Chultúir Ghaelach in Áras na Gaeilge | Irish Culture Night in Áras na Gaeilge TICÉIDÍ | TICKETS

Déardaoin 17ú Samhain | Thursday 17th November

An lá ar fad Daidí na Nollag! | All day Santa Claus!

13:00-14:00 Flirt FM ar 101.3FM | Flirt FM on 101.3FM

Dé hAoine 18ú Samhain | Friday 18th November

13:00-14:00 Flirt FM ar 101.3FM | Flirt FM on 101.3FM

17:00-18:00 Seoladh Fhoclóir na hAiteachta i Sult | The Queer Dictionary Launch in Sult

Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó | More information from