Week 5 – Mental Health Week

Today is World Mental Health Day and this week at NUIG it’s Mental Health Week!

Uni can be a very stressful time in everyone’s life and getting on top of your mental health is an important aspect of it. There are loads of activities going on this week to help you out!

Information on the NUIG Counselling Services can be found here. If you are feeling down or just need a chat and a cup of tea, the Hub is open and the Wellness Crew are here to help!

Week 3 – Get Moving Week

Hi Everyone,

Week 3 has welcomed us here at NUI Campus with a new theme ‘Get Moving Week’ 

See below for all the great activities to get you up, get you active and get you feeling great!

Call into The Hub if you have any questions.

The WELL Crew.

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Week 2 ~ Well-being Week

Hi Everyone,

Week 2 is here! Hope you all had a productive week in Week 1 with ‘Getting on Track’.

Week 2 is ‘Well-being Week’ so check out everything that is going on in  link here

Don’t forget that Niall and Cliona are in the Hub for any questions you have.

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The Hub – Here to help

Hi Everyone,

Week 1 of teaching has now commenced and I hope you are all settling into your new routine.

This week is ‘Get on Track Week’ and we are here to help you on your transition and finding your feet.

If for any reason you missed orientation week or would simply like some information regarding anything on or off campus, please feel free to pop into The Hub and speak to Niall or Cliona (promise they don’t bite) who will be happy to help.




The Hub – Your student common room!

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It’s that time of year again, the beginning of the academic calendar at NUI Galway! To all new students beginning their time here, you are very welcome! And to those of you returning for another year, we’re glad you came back to join us!

For all new students, and returning students for that matter, I want to tell you about The Hub. The Hub is your student common room, perfect for meeting up with friends, a place to enjoy a cuppa between lectures, or cook a bit of food for yourself. I mentioned there was a fully kitted out kitchen for students to use throughout the day, right?? The kitchen has got everything you need to reheat yesterdays leftovers, whip up your signature dish from scratch, or simply cook a frozen pizza from Tesco! There are also 2 additional microwaves located within The Hub itself.

There is a supply of tea and biscuits available  in the kitchen, we only ask that you clean up after yourself, wash your cups, and don’t go overboard on the biscuits, a pretty fair deal I’m sure you’ll agree! We have a little donation box left on the kitchen counter to help us pay for supplies of milk, biscuits etc. so anything you can give is greatly appreciated.

We also have a games cupboard, with a nice selection of both board and card games for your enjoyment. If you want to borrow one, simply bring your Student ID and ask a member of the WELL Crew, who would be more than happy to oblige! We are a friendly bunch here in The Hub, and our goal is to create a relaxed, welcoming environment in YOUR common room for all students. We encourage you to share ideas with us about things you would like to see in here, come and chat to us if you have any questions or queries and we will gladly do our best to help!

I look forward to the year ahead, and I hope to see many of you making The Hub your sitting-room/kitchen away from home!!

All the best,



As we approach exam season it is important to take care of your physical and mental health. Results and study is important but your health is the priority so ensure you get plenty of rest, eat and drink water regularly and try to avoid sugary foods to avoid crashing in the middle of study!


If you feel overwhelmed with the pressure from exams don’t hesitate to contact the NUIG counselling services. They can provide excellent support through the stress of exams. The office is located at 5 Distillary Road, Newcastle and can be emailed at:  counselling@nuigalway.ie

Good luck with study week!


The Hub Team

Almost Holiday Time!!

Wow! Can you believe it’s already week 10? I don’t want to think about how close we are to exams. But I will think about how close we are to Easter Holidays (2 days, 6 hours, and 13 minutes… but who’s counting?) I’m personally headed to Germany for a week of fun, and pretzels! Are you doing anything exciting? Leave it in the comments below…

If you’re sticking around Galway, be sure to check out the Wes Anderson retrospective in the new Palas Cinema. I am a huge fan of his films and they are showing all of them, in order, from the 22nd to the 29th in anticipation of the release of his new film, Isle of Dogs. I think I’m most excited to see The Royal Tenenbaums (everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family) on the big screen but I might try to catch The Darjeeling Limited as well. Check out the full listings here. And here’s a trailer for the new film:

Check out This Is Galway for all sorts of activities to keep you busy over the break. Have fun and maybe I’ll see you at the cinema 🙂


St. Patrick’s Day Week!

Howdy y’all! This week feels like it’s lasting about a hundred years, but I think it’s because there is so much to look forward to this weekend. Saturday is the best holiday of the year, Paddy’s Day! I think I’ve been looking forward to it since last year.

Here’s a leprechaun doing a jig, to haunt your dreams.

Anyway! The parade lineup this year is looking great! Find a list of all of the participants here. It starts at 11:30am and will end sometime around 1pm. My fingers are crossed that we have good weather this year to make up for the deluge last year (although it did not stop me from watching the parade in full). Here’s the parade route:

I watched from Eyre Square last year, and it was a great place to see everything! Plus, there’s a stage set up at the square and a carousel for the kiddos.

On Sunday there is a Charity Cycle that takes place in the city with the Coke Zero bikes. This is a family friendly event and promises to be a lot of fun.

Okay people. Most importantly, be safe. Stick with your friends and please drink responsibly (if you choose to do so).


Hey Folks!

Can you believe that it’s week 9?! I most certainly can’t. Time to put my head down… But there is definitely still time to attend all the events happening on campus this week!

Kick off the second week of Seachtain na Gaeilge with Biongó i nGaeilge (Bingo) with Cumann Gaelach in Sult at 8pm this Monday. It’s sure to be a great way to remember some of that Leaving Cert Irish and chat to some new people. Go néirigh an t-ádh leat!

Circus Soc are doing a great event this week. On Thursday at 6 in the Bailey Allen they will be doing a Silly Games Workshop with the Amazing Circus veteran Blue Hanley! It’s a great chance to not take yourself too seriously and have some fun with circus props.

Something else that looks like a bit of craic is Comedy Soc’s event. An evening of laughs to raise funds for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind who support people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism by providing life-changing services. Tickets are €5 for students & €10 for non-students. Proceeds to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Monday Corrib Room of Sult. Doors 7:30pm/Show 8pm.

Come on, do it for the dogs!


So as you can see there’s plenty to be doing so get yourself to any of the fun events happening on campus this week!

Mise le Meas,