New NUI Galway president “banging the drum” for more third-level funding

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New NUI Galway President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh believes that Ireland is “selling students short” by not investing enough into third-level education. The former Dean of UCD College of Business commenced his term as President this semester and told SIN that he is “banging the drum” for more funding for Irish universities, rather than focusing on […]

Izzy Wheels: If you can’t stand up, stand out

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Izzy Wheels is a company set up by Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, two sisters from Taylor’s Hill in Galway city. Izzy is a 20 year-old student currently studying in NUI Galway who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Ailbhe is her older sister who graduated with a 1.1 from National College of Art and […]

“Never get too high when you win and never get too low when you lose,” says All-Star Conor

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NUI Galway student Conor Whelan achieved more than most last year. Not only did the Inter-county hurler help lead his team to victory in his second All-Ireland final, the 21-year-old from Kinvara was also awarded an All-Star, named Young Hurler of the Year, and appeared on Ireland AM to discuss mental health. If all of […]

NUIG v GMIT: meet the coach and fighters

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Fifteen students in NUI Galway will step into the ring with fifteen students from GMIT for a long-anticipated charity boxing showdown tonight in the Radisson Blu at 8pm. As the big night drew closer last week, SIN went along to a training session to meet those taking part. For the majority of the students in […]

Floating student accommodation: a bizarre solution to the student housing crisis?

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Winters Property Management and Bibby Maritime are discussing the option of bringing two barges into Galway harbour to house up to 400 students, according to Galway Bay FM. This rather unusual form of housing could prove very effective in trying to combat the shortage of accommodation for students. While unorthodox from an Irish perspective, barges […]

Meeting the guys and dolls of GUMS

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There’s so much to do and be a part of on campus at NUI Galway, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of it all. One of the many, many talented societies on campus GUMS, the university’s musical society, held auditions recently for their production of The Producers in February. SIN got a glimpse of all […]

Exam Season: Tips and Tricks

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  Aileen O’Leary gives her tips to acing exam season. Timetables With lectures finishing up, you now have more time than ever to get your head in the books. Make every day between now and your exams count by tackling at least two sets of lecture slides a day, or more if you’re feeling particularly […]

Mike McCormack: ‘Ireland’s most criminally-overlooked writer’

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Mike McCormack burst onto the Irish literary scene in 1995 with his debut collection of short stories, Getting it in The Head. Described by Olaf Tyarensen of Hotpress as ‘Ireland’s most criminally-overlooked writer’, McCormack has become a source of pride for NUI Galway. McCormack informs me that he graduated from NUI Galway with a BA […]

The regression to infantilism

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The phrase ‘regression to infantilism’ was first coined by renowned intellectual-cum­-iconoclast Christopher Hitchens on an episode of topical debate show Charlie Rose in 1994. The YouTube upload of this show is doubly important. Upon first viewing, it functions as a how-to on civil discourse that we could all benefit from watching in today’s climate of […]

NUI Galway Ladies crowned All-Ireland soccer champions

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NUI Galway’s Ladies soccer team comprehensively overcame University of Limerick 4-1 – claiming the League Cup title off the back of an impressive final day performance, with a strong Galway WFC representation among the squad. Twelve months prior to this triumph on the same turf, the ‘Galway Girls’ overcame IT Carlow in a dramatic penalty […]