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Galway City is Shortlisted in Bid to Become European Youth Capital 2017


Galway City is Shortlisted in Bid to Become European Youth Capital 2017

Galway city has reached the final of a competition to become European Youth Capital (EYC) 2017. This prestigious title, currently held by Cluj Napoca in Romania, affords the winner an opportunity to showcase its youth related cultural, social, political and economic life.

Galway has progressed beyond concept stage and will now battle it out against Cascais (Portugal), Newcastle (United Kingdom), Perugia (Italy) and Varna (Bulgaria) to win the title.

The ‘European Youth Capital’ is a title awarded by the European Youth Forum to a European city for a period of one year. It would provide Galway with an opportunity to present a calendar of events and innovative projects designed and run by and for young people, to showcase its rich cultural and political life to Europe.

Galway’s Mayor, Cllr. Donal Lyons has come out in support of Galway for European Youth Capital:
“I am delighted that Galway has been shortlisted for this important title. It is testament to the thriving youth culture in the city and its rich contribution to the ethos of Galway. I would like to ask the people of Galway to support the bid, which would mean a huge cultural and economic boost for the city”.

The winning city will be announced in November 2014 during an awarding ceremony in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to be on the steering committee for this bid. 

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Celebrates 50 Years


NUI Galway Students’ Union Celebrates 50 Years

On Saturday 7th June 2014 over 120 current and former Students’ Union Officers, Staff, journalists, colleagues and friends gathered in The Students’ Union Club (College Bar) to celebrate the Union turning 50. Liam Kelleher a member of the 1964/65 Students’ Union Executive Committee was present on the night having served alongside President Michael D. Higgins 50 years ago. A special anniversary publication was produced to mark the occassion “SinChaint” with contributions from former editors of Sin and Coolchaint newspapers, NUI Galway Alumni and former Officers from the Students’ Union. 

Incoming Students’ Union President for 2014/15 Declan Higgins spoke at the event acknowledging the amazing work done by the Students’ Union Officers over the last 50 years to make the SU what it is today. The Students’ Union motto “An injury to one is an injury to all” continues to reflect the work of the Students’ Union on behalf of it’s 17,000 members today. 

Read SinChaint here. 

View Photographs of the event here. 

Pictured: Liam Kelleher SU Vice-Secretary 1964/65 and Catherine Breslin SU Vice-President/Education Officer 2013/14


NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)


NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)

NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for an academic, cultural and economic boycott of the state of Israel. The decision was taken by a referendum of NUI Galway students last month. The referendum, which was called by The Palestine Solidarity Society asked students whether or not they agreed with the motion: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”. 65% of voters supported the motion.

The BDS movement, called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005, advocates non-violent punitive measures against Israel until it complies with the precepts of international law towards Palestine. This consists of ending its occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall, recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

Sean Kearns, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

‘NUI Galway students have a long and proud history of fighting for societal change, both domestically and internationally, and this result is the latest example of that tradition. Alongside promoting awareness of the need for the broader BDS campaign, NUI Galway Students’ Union are currently working on developing a policy that will outline how they will be lobbying the university to comply with the BDS campaign.’

Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird, Auditor of the NUI Galway Palestine Society, said:

‘We would like to thank all those who campaigned and voted for the motion. No doubt NUI Galway Students’ Union shall be just the first of many students’ unions in Ireland to join the BDS campaign, and we are confident that students in Ireland and elsewhere will not be silent on instances of international oppression in our own time’.

NUI Galway Students’ Union 50th Anniversary Reunion


NUI Galway Students’ Union 50th Anniversary Reunion: Saturday 7th June 2014

All past and present NUI Galway Students’ Union officers, staff, journalists, colleagues and friends are invited to join with us to celebrate as the Union turns 50. 
The reunion is taking place in the College Bar, NUI Galway from 7pm onwards on Saturday 7th June 2014. Ticket price includes BBQ, dessert, refreshments, entertainment and lots of surprises along the way. 
If you have any queries about the event please email or phone 091 493704. 
If you would be interested in contributing to our special 50th anniversary publication for the event – with photos or words – please contact ASAP! 
Please feel free to bring guests and spread the word! 
Dress code: informal. 
Cuimhneachán 50 Bliain Bhunú Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh
Tugtar cuireadh do gach oifigeach, ball foirne, iriseoir, comhghleacaí agus cara de chuid Chomhaltas an Mac Léinn, san am i láthair agus san am atá thart, chun Cuimhneachán 50 Bliain Bhunú Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn a cheiliúradh in éineacht linn.
Beidh an teacht le chéile seo ar siúl i mBeár an Choláiste ar champas OÉ Gaillimh ag a 7 i.n., Dé Sathairn, an 7 Meitheamh 2014. Tá san áireamh i bpraghas an ticéid beárbaiciú, milseog, sólaistí, siamsa agus neart rudaí eile nach mbeidh tú ag súil leo. 
Má bhíonn aon cheist agat faoin ócáid seo, seol teachtaireacht ríomhphoist chuig nó cuir glao ar 091 493704.
Más spéis leat bheith páirteach san fhoilseachán comórtha 50 bliain atáimid ag cur le chéile don ócáid – grianghraif a chur ar fáil nó cúpla focal a scríobh – déan teagmháil le gan mhoill! 
Tá lánchead agat daoine eile a thabhairt leat agus an scéal a scaipeadh! 
Gnás feistis: neamhfhoirmeálta. 

Saturday 5th April 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Open Day

Student Wins €10,000 at 2014 NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards


Student Wins €10,000 with online student knowledge platform at NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Brian Slattery, an NUI Galway Psychology PhD student from Dublin, has scooped the top prize of €10,000 at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His winning project “Student Talks” is an online knowledge platform for students to communicate their ideas, connect with other students and find out about courses and careers.The creator of “Student Talks” was presented with his prize by local entrepreneurs Joanne Sweeney-Burke and Gill Carroll together with NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Sean Kearns.

The competition which is an initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union is supported by NUI Galway and seeks to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students. In its four years, the competition has attracted entries from students studying a variety of subjects.

The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 were awarded to “The NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund” and “Loyal-T Stamped”. “The NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund” is a real-life financial portfolio operated under the guidance of industry experts and alumni for the benefit of the University and its students. NUI Galway students Martin Wietbrecht, Conor Hanniffy, Shane Reilly and Maurice Kelter are the team behind the Fund.

“Loyal-T Stamped” seeks to revolutionize the way we collect and redeem customer loyalty points through a visually striking user friendly application. NUI Galway students Nathan Regan, Fergal Walsh, Gearoid O’Connor and Robert Courtney developed this project.

Joanne Sweeney-Burke, who spoke at the awards ceremony said: “The drive, determination and enthusiasm of the students is fantastic. It is heartening to see that within NUI Galway the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. I would also like to congratulate the University and the Students’ Union for their vision in fostering the talents of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Sean Kearns said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. They show that students are both able and willing to create the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted to be in a position to facilitate some of these ideas as they take their first steps. I have no doubt but that we are working with the leaders of the future.”

Details of this years six finalists here.

Saturday 29th March 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards Ceremony 

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Whats Happening

5pm Final Judging session for NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Monday 17th March 2013

Whats Happening

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday – SU Office is closed.

SU Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result


SU Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result

I , Ben Archibald, returning officer for the part time elections at NUI, Galway Students’ Union, declare the following results:

That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports all measures that extend to homosexual couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including, but not limited to, supporting a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.
YES: 2,214
NO: 114
Proposition is approved.

Equality Officer
Burke, Enoch 113
Melvin, Rebecca 2091
Re-open nominations 56
TVP: 2260
Quota: 1131
Rebecca Melvin declared elected

Convenor for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
Sarah Kelly 458
Leah Scanlan 338
Re-open nominations 50
TVP: 86
Quota: 424
Sarah Kelly declared elected

Convenor for the College of Engineering and Informatics
Oisín Moloney 141
Katie Monahan 87
Re-open Nominations 18
TVP: 246
Quota: 124
Oisín Moloney declared elected

Convenor of the College of Science
Joanne Duffy 500
Re-open Nominations 46
TVP: 546
Quota: 274
Joanne Duffy declared elected

Convenor for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law:
Megan Reilly 281
Re-open Nominations 59
TVP: 340
Quota: 171
Megan Reilly declared elected

Societies Chairperson:
Patrick O’Flaherty 25
Re-open Nominations 6
TVP: 31
Quota: 16
Patrick O’Flaherty declared elected

Postgraduate Officer
Isaac Burke: 13
Cian Moran: 210
Re-open Nominations: 11
TVP: 234
Quota: 118
Cian Moran declared elected

Mature Students Officer
Michelle Mitchell: 2,002
Re-Open Nominations: 157
TVP: 2159
Quota: 1080
Michelle Mitchell declared elected