MEET YOUR CANDIDATES: Students’ Union Presidential candidate Ashwin Ravichandran

Ashwin Ravi

Why are you running for election? I like to lead and manage things and I thought to modify and implement changes for the students, being a common student, I can’t do that. What is the one thing you want to achieve over everything else? I would like to create an accommodation team. The Students’ Union […]

MEET YOUR CANDIDATES: Education Officer candidate Cian O’Shaughnessy


Why are you running for election? I’m running for Education Officer to represent the students in NUIG and for the changes that I see would benefit them and that I hope they would like to see. I started studying Law because I have a passion for education and I would really like to fight on […]

MEET YOUR CANDIDATES: Education Officer candidate Stephanie Koennecker

Stephanie Koennecker

Why are you running for election this year? I’m running because academics and education is something I feel strongly about and I also think it would help to enhance my career prospects. I have a lot of experience in the university with a number of personal setbacks which upset my education so I’m hoping that […]

“Mentally I just went from mile to mile”: Galway teacher wins seven marathons in seven days


Galway teacher Gary Thornton has won the World Marathon Challenge, which involves running seven marathons in seven straight days. Not only did Thornton win the challenge outright but he also won each of the seven individual marathons. These races were held across each of the seven continents throughout the world, starting in Antarctica on 30 […]

Unconventional ways to reach 10,000 steps a day


Since the rise of activity trackers such as the eye-roll inducing Fitbit, there seems to be a general air among people that we have to reach that elusive 10,000 steps a day to have made that day worthwhile. While studies show that most people only reach half of that goal (oh, the shame), the health […]

Return of the ugly UGG


UGG boots are back with a bang, or a slouch rather. The infamous snug boot from our childhood has once again made its way back into the fashion world. I have to confess, in my ignorant youth I donned a pair of black (fake) UGGs. I paid around €12 for them. I now realise this […]

The best ways to combat J1 FOMO


We are nearly half way through our final semester, and summer already seems so close. People have their holidays planned out with half of the university going on a J1 and the remainder jetting off to Canada. Is all this talk starting to make your summer job at home in Ireland sound even more miserable […]

CCAFS society on mission to reduce waste on campus


Members of the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) society are spreading awareness about consumption and waste through creative initiatives around campus. Every two weeks 1 million coffee cups are thrown into Irish landfills, and washing clothes sends millions of microplastics into the ocean. But with such a largescale problem, is it possible for […]

House-hunting 101


Every year students across Galway embark on the tedious, stressful and all-consuming task of finding a place to live for the semester. While summer is supposed to be stress-free and fun, a number of students are set to spend the three months scrolling through the likes of and and checking newspaper advertisements daily, […]

Clarifications: Young love is a game we are playing wrong


Clarifications is a column featuring raw, unapologetic commentary on all things gender. From women’s rights, to dating culture, enjoy as Claire VanValkenburg discusses the topics everyone is afraid to talk about. Wet shoes traipse over the sticky night club floor. Drink is spilt as they slip past each other, bumping shoulders and cups. They exchange […]