Review: A Skull in Connemara

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No other region of Ireland perfectly encapsulates Irish identity and culture more than Connemara. In the past, films such as The Quiet Man have portrayed this cultural landscape as an idyllic paradise with endless green fields filled with grazing livestock and charming thatched cottages complete with native-speaking inhabitants.

New Spanish Classes Starting Soon

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The spring term at The Spanish Institute starts on the 29th of this month and will offer a variety of Spanish classes for beginner, improver, intermediate, and advanced levels. There are also courses available to children and teenagers including specialised courses for Junior and Leaving Certificate Spanish. The new schedule of classes is available on […]

Student nurses to march on HSE headquarters

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On Thursday 6 March student nurses and midwives from around the country will take part in a protest march at Dr Steevens hospital in Dublin, headquarters of the HSE.  The protest is primarily related to pay rates for student nurse interns.

Evening Vigil in Merlin Park

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The NUI Galway society of Students for Sensible Drug Policy is holding an evening time vigil outside of the burned down remains of the Merlin Park addiction clinic on the 20 December at 6.15pm. As has been discussed in this newspaper previously, the HSE Area Management have decided to relocate the Addiction Service from its […]

Senator Healy-Eames’ Public Debate: Retain & Reform the Seanad?

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With only days to go before the country decides whether to abolish the Seanad or not, Martha Mahoney discusses a public debate held recently by Senator Fidelma Healy-Eams…

Galway Community Pride Festival Kicking off this Week

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This week, Galway Community Pride will kick off in full force. Jessica Thompson reports…

CAO Points Increase Significantly for Commerce and Science at NUI Galway

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34 NUI Galway courses increase CAO points, 15 courses by more than 20 points…

Galway Hosts Successful Full Tilt Poker Festival

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Card sharks and poker fans will be interested in the Full Tilt Poker Galway Festival which finished up last week, after a successful fortnight of festivities. Jessica Thompson reports…

Music exchange to beat the band

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A Galway music school is to form a partnership with a school in Paris. Leigh Michael Keeney reports…

NUI Galway hosts Suas Homework Club graduation ceremony

An end of term graduation took place in NUI Galway on 20 March to celebrate the achievements of both the students and the mentors of the Suas Literacy Support program.
Present at the ceremony were Deputy Lord Mayor of Galway Frank Fahy, Suas Literacy Support Officer Helina O’Donaghue, Teacher Tracy Cronin, the mentors from NUI Galway, students of Claddagh NS with their parents and some of the other teachers involved.
There was a delightful, warm, celebratory atmosphere to the event as each child and mentor collected their certificate individually from the Deputy Mayor. Cathy Gormley, mentor coordinator, introduced the ceremony, the program and the speakers. She was then followed by Helina O’Donaghue who gave an insight into the general aim and development of the program and finally the guests were greeted by Deputy Mayor Fahy who gave a very heartfelt speech to the children.
He said; “I'm honored to present these certificates to you all this evening and one day I hope that you will be back here receiving your awards for graduating from NUIG."
The Suas Literacy programme began in 2007 and there are now 16 deis schools involved across Ireland. It is Suas’ aim to have all deis schools in Ireland involved by 2016. It is only after this aim is complete that Suas will look to expand their links with other non-deis schools.
Over 100 mentors from NUIG participated in the program during which they provided support to around 50 students from Galway’s Claddagh National School, helping them with their homework and their literacy skills.
The homework club took place for one hour Monday and Tuesday after school and this year it was the students’ initiative to take part rather than the parents.
Ms Tracy Cronin stated that she has seen a benefit from the program amongst the children. She went on to say that it not only helped with their literacy and academic skills but has also provided them with structure and organization. The program appears to have been a tremendous success and will hopefully continue on next year providing more Claddagh NS students the chance to increase their literacy skills which in turn will increase their prospects for the future.

NUI Galway recently held a graduation ceremony for the Suas Homework Club. Sarah-Jane Smith reports…