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Bodhrán Course

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Beginners Bodhrán Course

Learn the Bodhrán this semester. Suitable for total beginners.

Learn Traditional and Contemporary songs at weekly group lessons.

Class Dates/Times: 6pm-7pm Wednesday 16th October – Wednesday 20th November 2024 (6 week course)

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

Course Cost: €60 for 6 Week Course (this includes a locally made Bodhrán worth €45)

Sign Up Link: HERE

Course Content: Designed to welcome absolute beginners to bodhrán this course will teach you how to play this great Irish instrument. By the end of the course, you will have the confidence to play a variety of Irish traditional rhythms and accompany other instruments. It will instill you with the confidence to progress further and to one day join in and play along in lively pub sessions.

The course includes the following elements:

-Holding the bodhrán

-Holding the beater

-Basic strokes and variations

-Learn what makes an Irish tune a reel, or a jig, or a hornpipe, etc.

-Then, learn how to play along with reels, jigs & hornpipes in your bodhrán

-Learn how to add off-hand technique and vary the pitch of your bodhrán as you play

-Bodhrán care and maintenance

We will include one class during the course where we go out to a session in the city together, listen in, and you will get an opportunity to ask a few questions directly of the musicians themselves.

In the final class of the course we will be joined with members of the tin whistle course for a fun event where you will accompany the music they have learned to play on whistle on your bodhrán!

Tin Whistle Course

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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)

SIGN UP HERE.

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.

Financial Resilience Training

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Financial Resilience Training

Description: Financial resilience is the ability to cope with negative events that impact on our finances. It’s about feeling secure and in control, knowing that you can pay the bills, deal with the unexpected, and have achievable goals for the future.

Course Content: This free online training is delivered in a safe and supportive environment and covers topics such as: 

  • Budgeting and saving
  • Utility costs
  • Energy use and the cost of living
  • Online tools and services
  • Available financial supports

Training Provider: TASC, the Think-tank for Action on Social Change

Dates/Times: 5pm-6pm Wednesday 9th October 2024

Course Delivery: Online via Zoom

Sign Up HERE soon

Cost: FREE!

safeTALK

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safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)

AIM: safeTALK is a 3½ hour ‘suicide alertness’ programme that prepares participants (over the age of 18 yrs.) to identify and engage with persons who may be having thoughts of suicide. Participants learn how to provide practical help by using the steps of TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) and also gain information on the supports and resources available locally, regionally and nationally. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the persons learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their community.

The four basic steps of TALK are called ‘suicide alertness skills’ and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives and reduce suicide risk in their community.

CONTENT: SafeTALK suicide alert helpers are trained to:
• Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
• Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
• Apply the TALK steps to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to people and agencies that can help.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This training is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 yrs. who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become a ‘suicide alert’ helper, i.e. front-line workers, volunteers, parents, teachers, citizens, etc.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SAFETALK TRAININGS?

Expect to be challenged. Expect to have feelings. Expect to be hopeful.
See video clips which illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Ask questions and enter discussions. Learn clear and practical information on what to do.
Discuss and practice the TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keepsafe) steps so that you will have the skills to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to other relevant supports and resources.

On completion of the training you will receive a certificate.
This training may be eligible for CPD points from your accrediting body. Please contact them directly for further details.

RECOMMENDATION: The content of the safeTALK workshop may be difficult to deal with if you are feeling emotionally vulnerable. If you have suicidal thoughts, or have been recently bereaved, particularly through suicide, you may wish to delay taking part in this course until you’re feeling stronger, emotionally.

Date/Time: 9.30am-1pm Friday 11th October 2024 (registration 9.15am sharp)

Location: The View (John Broderick Room), upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, University Road, Galway

Audience: University of Galway Students and Staff

Booking: Please email joanna.brophy@universityofgalway.ie for training booking link

Cost: This training is free of charge but spaces are limited – please only sign up if you can definitely attend same.

Ohana Zero Suicide Training

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Ohana Zero Suicide Training

Help save a life, take the training today

This training is recommended for persons over 18.

Take the Ohana Free ZERO  suicide training today and gain the skills to save a life.

This training, which takes approximately 20 minutes,  focuses on breaking stigma and encouraging open conversations.

The training will provide you with the tools to enable you to:

  1. Identify the signs that someone may be suicidal
  2. Employ the correct language in asking the appropriate questions
  3. Direct that person to the appropriate help.

It can be summarized as ‘Show you Care, Ask the Question, Make the Call.’

This will help save lives.

Sign Up Online: https://www.ohana.ie/

Cost: FREE

Venues: Online

Dates: Anytime you have 20 minutes to spare

ZSA Suicide Awareness training was originally written and developed by Jane Boland, suicide prevention expert and Angela Samata, former Chair of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide charity. With over 1.4 million people having already completed the training across the UK, Ohana Zero suicide aim to, in partnership with Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), bring the same opportunity to the people of Ireland.

Jigsaw 5 A Day for Mental Health

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Jigsaw 5 A Day for Mental Health

5-A-Day for Mental Health

This FREE one hour workshop aims to provide young adults, aged 17-25 in 3rd Level Educational settings, with the strategies necessary to build and take care of their own mental health.

Learning Outcomes

Young people will:

  • Gain an understanding of mental health
  • Become aware of mental health as a resource for living
  • Learn a range of practical strategies that they can implement to improve and manage their own mental health on a day to day basis
  • Learn how and where to get help
  • Become aware of the supports available in their local area

Course Provider: Jigsaw

Dates/Times: 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 8th October 2024 live on Zoom

Sign Up: email aoife.guilfoyle@jigsaw.ie to register 

Cost: FREE

LivingWorks Start Programme

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LivingWorks START Programme

LivingWorks Start is a 90 minute online interactive training progamme that will give you the skills and knowledge to keep others safe from suicide.

Most people are surprised to learn that by asking someone if they are thinking about suicide and listening to the response, they could help save a life. Suicide prevention training provides people with the lifesaving skills to help a family member, friend, colleague, patient or even a stranger they meet on the street.

Who is this training for?

This programme is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become more suicide alert.

In the training you will:

  • Learn the TASC model
  • Tune in to the possibility of suicide
  • Ask about suicide
  • State that suicide is serious
  • Connect to help
  • Have increased knowledge of the resources available to keep someone safe

More information HERE

Booking: If any would like to complete this programme, please email: mary.mcgrath9@hse.ie with the following details:

  • Name in full
  • Email contact
  • Location where you are based
  • Confirmation you are over 18 years of age.

Cost: FREE

Venues: Online

Dates: Various dates.

Self Defence Class

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Self Defence Class

Course Aim/objectives:

This workshop aims to create a safe space to learn techniques and strategies to help participants protect themselves should the need ever arise.

During this 90 minute session participants will be taught the basic principles of self defence i.e. recognition and evasion along with some of the basic defence tools/techniques for response.

Instructor: Hosted by Galway City Itosu Kai Karate Club

Cost/Sign Up: The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up at the links below

Max: 20 Students

Course Dates/Times: 8pm-9.30pm Tuesday 1st October 2024 sign up HERE or 8pm-9.30pm Tuesday 8th October 2024 sign up HERE

Course Venue: 8A Creaven House, The Claddagh, Galway City

Irish Language Classes

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SU Irish Language Classes

Want to learn Irish or improve the Irish you have and might not be using?

We will be holding Irish Language Classes this semester.

It’s an 8 week course either in person or live online via Zoom with Gaelchultúr starting the week of 8th of October 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: These courses are for registered University of Galway Students ONLY 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER 5pm TUESDAY 1st October 2024

Cén leibhéal atá oiriúnach dom? Féach thíos

Which level should I study? See below

1. Tosaitheoirí 1 | Beginners 1 IN PERSON 

6pm-7pm Tuesday 8th October – Tuesday 26th November 2024 (min 6 students max 20 Students)

Do ghlantosaitheoirí nach bhfuil aon eolas acu ar an nGaeilge. Leibhéal TEG: A1

For those who are completely new to learning Irish. TEG Level: A1

In Person at University of Galway – AC204 Arts/Science Concourse University of Galway

Register HERE

2. Tosaitheoirí 1 | Beginners 1 ON ZOOM 

6pm-7pm Wednesday 9th October – Wednesday 27th November 2024 (min 6 students max 20 Students)

Do ghlantosaitheoirí nach bhfuil aon eolas acu ar an nGaeilge. Leibhéal TEG: A1

For those who are completely new to learning Irish. TEG Level: A1

Classes will be live on Zoom.

Register HERE

3. Bunrang 1 | Refreshers 1 IN PERSON 

7pm-8pm Tuesday 8th October – Tuesday 26th November 2024 (min 6 students max 20 students)

Do dhaoine a bhfuil beagán Gaeilge acu, de gnáth ón scoil agus iad ag iarraidh cúrsa athnuachana bunúsach a dhéanamh leis an nGaeilge a athfhoghlaim agus a athneartú. Lebhéal TEG: A2

For people who have a small amount of Irish, usually from school and are looking for a basic course to relearn and reinforce their Irish. TEG Level: A2

In Person at University of Galway – AC204 Arts/Science Concourse University of Galway

Register HERE

4. Meánrang 1 | Intermediate 1 ON ZOOM 

7pm-8pm Wednesday 9th October – Wednesday 27th November 2024 (min 6 students max 20 students)

Do dhaoine a bhfuil tuiscint réasúnta maith acu ar an nGaeilge ach nach bhfuil muinín acu in úsáid na Gaeilge. Leibhéal TEG: B1

For people who have a reasonably good understanding of Irish but do not have confidence in using the language. TEG Level: B1

Classes will be live on Zoom.

Register HERE

5. Ardrang 1 | Advanced 1 ON ZOOM 

6pm-7pm Thursday 10th October – Thursday 28th November 2024 (min 6 students max 20 students)

Do dhaoine a bhfuil Gaeilge mhaith acu ach ag iarraidh feabhas a chur ar a gcuid scileanna cumarsáide, foghraíochta agus gramadaí. Leibhéal TEG: B2

For people with a good level of Irish, looking to improve communication skill, pronunciation and grammar. TEG Level: B2

Classes will be live on Zoom.

Register HERE

Course cost: €20 but you will be refunded if you attend all classes. You will get a certificate for completing the course. You will also get a discount code for the Gaelchultúr online shop.

PLEASE NOTE:  The course will only go ahead if there are sufficient numbers registered. For privacy reasons classes will not be recorded.

Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Disclosure Training | Frithchiníochas

Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre 

Course Aims: 

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. It is also a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to do voluntary work (e.g. fundraising) with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. The training is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre counsellors with extensive client experience and training skills.

The main aims of the training are to:

  • Increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence
  • Examine attitudes, values and beliefs about sexual violence
  • Promote an understanding and give opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence
  • Introduce the work of Galway Rape Crisis Centre, and give information on the broad range of services they provide

Training Methods: PowerPoint presentation, Roleplay exercises. Group Discussion. Course handouts, questionnaires and evaluation forms are provided.

Certification: Participants will be issued with an attendance certificate on completion of the course. 5 CPD Points awarded through Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Facilitator: Galway Rape Crisis Centre

Venue: The View (John Broderick Room), upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, University of Galway
Date: Thursday 21st November 2024
Time: 10am-2pm
Sign Up HERE

Cost: €10 All Proceeds go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre
Max: 20 students