Pippin 05/02 – 09/02

Looking for some catchy tunes and great performing to debunk your week 4 brain? The Musical Soc, GUMS, is putting on a production of Pippin this week in the Black Box Theatre! The production begins tomorrow, Tuesday 05/02, and runs until this Saturday, 09/02. All shows begin at 8 pm and tickets may be easily purchased online, at the Socs Box, or at the theatre. Tickets are €12 for students and €15 for adults. Hopefully you can come out and enjoy an evening in the theatre; it  may be a new way to find something different you enjoy and support your fellow classmates. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Hello all and congratulations, you’ve made it through week two!

If you’re sticking around Galway this weekend and looking for something fun and inexpensive to get out and do, you’ve come to the right place! There is always so much going on in Galway and if you’re like me, somehow you always just miss it because you were misinformed. One website I love to check regularly for current and upcoming events in the area so I don’t end up missing out is https://thisisgalway.ie/events/. They offer an array of different kinds of things to tag along to and get out! I’ll attach what they have listed for this weekend, but  I also want to add the weather is saying Sunday will be sunny (fingers crossed and knock on wood), but that may be a great opportunity to take a long walk out to Salthill with a friend or just a coffee and enjoy the happy views. Have a wonderful weekend and we’d still love to see your smiling face here at the Hub Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 2-5.

FRIDAY 25/1:

Negative Creeps, Nirvana Tribute Band 23:30 at Monroe’s (€12)

MOVE with John Daly 23:00 at Electric Garden & Theatre (€5)

Subtitle: Spotlight European Film Festival 18:30 and all weekend at Town Hall Theatre (various pricing)

SIVE 20:00 Friday and Saturday at An Taibhdhearc ( €15.50)


Astrofest Galway 09:00 at Harbour Hotel (from €15)

FAMILY w/ Marion Hawkes, Paul Belton, & Hard Candy 23:00 at Electric (€10)

SUNDAY 27/1:

John Conneely Inc. 23:00 at Roisin Dubh (€6)

Riff Raff Comedy Night 20:00 at Black Gate Cultural Centre (Price TBA)

New Year Resolutions

Don’t let people tell you that you can’t have New Years Resolutions. Yes, a lot of resolutions are not always completed… I told myself in 2018 that I would end the year with a driving licence, and yet, here I am, trundling back home in a bus every weekend. This does not undermine the other resolutions I have completed since last year. Being able to squat over my own weight was one of my personal favourite achievements. And yet, how is this discredited because I didn’t achieve every goal? One failure does not destroy other successes you may have.
So welcome back guys, new year, new semester, the first and last time we get to enjoy the year of 2019! I’m sure the majority of us, yes, even the ones who fail to admit it, have made some New Year’s Resolution regarding their health. This is not a bad thing! The very fact that you are aware that you’d like a change is the very first step towards feeling happy in your own skin. A New Year is a time in which you feel like you have the chance to make different choices and adopt different mindsets. For me, my biggest (and possibly my most needed) resolution was to stop drinking alcohol. Towards the end of 2018, I recognised that it was affecting both my physical and mental health, and I knew it needed to change. So, by allowing myself one last glass of prosecco on New Years Eve, I felt ready to change. I needed that New Year to spur me on to make that decision. 2019 is the year I am going to achieve my resolutions, and so will you!
If a new day inspires people to achieve what they want to do, imagine how a whole New Year can impact motivation! Every single number in the date, month, and year changes in the New Year. So why can’t we follow suit? So while we all have accepted that it’s okay to want to set goals, here’s a simple list of how achieving them does not seem impossible!
1. Keep your goals realistic – don’t fall in to the trap of idealism in which you are fully aware that the goals are unattainable
2. Set both long-term and short-term goals – you could even set a goal for every month!
3. Track your progress – sometimes you need to have a record of what you’re doing to be able to stay inspired.

“In order to make a lasting change in our lives, we must first change our minds. We sometimes forget, and we often feel stuck, but we all have the power to do so.”

Stay beautiful, stay smiling.


Meals on a budget

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Today I decided to have a look at what special offers are out there in the local supermarkets at the moment, It can be a great way to stretch your budget and keep your meals interesting at the same time.

Here is a list of stores in Galway that provide special offers with links for you to browse their offers.


Centra have a number of cereals on offer at the moment at half price as well as some other bargains, offers available until the 23rd of January 2019.

Offers at Centra

Dunnes Stores:

Offer their better value 6 food range, until the 26th of January you can bag these at just 49c each.

Offers at Dunnes.

Here are some recipes you could try by just adding a few things:

Avocado and beetroot salad

Poached eggs with avocado and beetroot 


Aldi offer their weekly ‘super 6’ fruit, veg, meat and fish.

This weeks offers at ALDI

This week they have the makings of a classic garden salad, Iceburg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. if you want to try something different you could take a look at this tomato and cucumber salad.


Why not try adding some strawberries and kiwi to your porridge in the morning.

This weeks offers at Tesco


Supervalue offer a range of products for less than 2 € each.

Special Offers at Supervalue


Offers at Lidl


Happy cooking!


Socs Fair

Next Tuesday (22nd of January 2019) is a great opportunity to meet and chat with members of all different Societies.

There will also be a poster sale in the foyer of Aras na Mac Leinn.

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We’ve reached the time of year where the looming thought of exams are going to take up 50% of our thought process, while the other 50% is made up of a mix of studying and whether you should be going out! Exam timetables were posted on 15th November (if you haven’t checked your timetable, I’m trying to remind you, cough! cough!). Here are a few tips I’ve found to be useful in my previous experience: 

Have structure: As it is to be expected, most people are only starting their studies now, and some only during study week! So, the big question everyone asks themselves as they view the mountain of information provided to them; “Where do I begin?”. I believe creating a plan of action for yourself will give you a starting point allowing you to build on that. 

Keeping a routine and taking regular breaks: So, let’s remember those secondary school days where most people were productive in their studies. If you compare the number of exams and assignments that was given to us, we seem to have a lot less in comparison to now. Having a routine, and constant repetition in our daily lives is especially useful when it comes to our studies. But remember, you must also allow yourself to relax as the stress builds. For example, taking a walk, some gentle exercise or watching an episode of your favourite TV series (stick to just ONE episode!!) is a great way to unwind and destress. Everybody is different so find what works for you. 

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine etc.:  Reduce your consumption of these items where possible. The stress of exams might normally lead students to increase their intake of stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes to help with the study process, and alcohol to unwind.  As a substitute to these beverages, try to increase your intake of water. It keeps you hydrated but also enables the body to cope better with stress. If water is not your “cup of tea”, then how about some other suggestions; diluted natural fruit juices or even herbal teas (see what I did there). 

In conclusion, I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in their studies, and hope you get the results you deserve. Don’t let stress get the better of you, exams are just another point of growth in your life. 



Study Snack Hack

It’s that time of the year again; we are finally into our last week of classes for the fall semester. The Christmas market in town is proof that all the fun things going on surrounding the holiday season are so close and I’m sure we all can hardly wait, but one huge thing stands between us and a Christmas ham: exams!

I understand, as a student, just how stressful and exhausting this time leading up to our exams can be. We are spending long hours in the library and not leaving until we know we’ve completed our tasks for that day..and that is tough! What I find the most difficult personally is staying motivated and focused when my body feels expended. When I feel this way, I tend to take a break to just decompress, grab a snack or coffee and head back to the books. The worst thing you can do is go and take a study break and eat things that will actually make you more lethargic and unfocused. I’m writing this brief blog post to just offer some ideas for healthier, more energizing snacks than just a Smokey’s muffin that you can easily pack for yourself to bring with you studying.


  • Hummus and vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, peppers)
  • Apples, peanut or almond butter, and granola
  • Frozen fruit with yogurt (just freeze fresh blueberries, raspberries, or anything with yogurt and voila!)
  • Homemade trail mix however you like with mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), dried cranberries or raisins, maybe some chocolate chips if you’re feeling crazy
  • Avocado toast (add literally anything..go sweet and top with strawberries or make it more savory and opt for chickpeas, tomato, and onion)
  • Hard boiled egg and a fruit (banana, apple, orange)
  • Roasted edamame and chickpeas
  • And if you have a little more time on your hands I will link a website here that has loads of really yummy protein ball recipes that are perfectly filling and energizing snacks for long days studying!


P.S don’t forget the Hub kitchen is open everyday for you to prepare these yummy snacks or leave some things in the communal refrigerator or freezer!

Ok, that’s all I’ve got for now, but think positive, eat well, get sleep, study hard, and good luck on those exams!





Welcome to MUSIC MONDAYS, this is where I will be posting the top 10 most played songs every week!!! 🙂

Wanna listen to the songs that are trending the most while studying for the upcoming exams? Stay Tuned..



******SONGS OF THE WEEK******

   1.Happier- Marshmellow & Bastille

Here is the official video, I will be posting a video of the No.1 song of the week!


2.Girl like you- Maroon 5 Ft Cardi B

3.High hopes- Panic! At the disco

4.Young blood- 5 seconds of summer

5.Better now- Post Malone

6.Love lies- Khalid & Normani

7. Breathin- Ariana Grande

8.Lucid Dreams- Juice WRLD

9.Sicko Mode- Travis Scott

10.Broken- lovelytheband




That’s it for this week guys

Have a great week, best of luck in the upcoming exams & Enjoy !!!!

Daria 🙂




Upcoming Events Week 12:

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As the final week of lectures finish up and we all get down to studying hard, don’t forget to enjoy yourself every once in a while at our upcoming events! As per usual for a full list of everything that’s happening check out the socs calendar at https://socs.nuigalway.ie/calendar.php




Time Lord Soc Games night – The time lords are back! Who could have seen that coming? The weekly Doctor Who themed game night is back in The Small Acoustic Room in Aras na Mac Leinn @ 19:00


Music Soc Open Mic – Come one, come all! Test your singing skills or just be the center of attention for a bit in Sult @ 21:00




The Hub Bake Sale – Are you a fan of brownies, cookies, and cakes? Of course you are! Come on down to our bake sale to help our Hub keep running. Everything is free, but feel free to donate what you can. Be there or be square, at the Hub from 1:30 – 4:00


Trad Soc Session – If you’re a fan of traditional Irish music, or just want to explore the culture some more then a trad session is a must. If you have an instrument or even just a voice, come on down to the Crane Bar @ 21:30




Compsoc Web Development Workshop – Computer whizzes and n00bs are all welcome to learn a new skill and create something completely your own. If this is something that your interested in then be at IT 203 @18:00


Med Soc Yoga – Does a yoga a day keep the doctor away? Well come on down and get a professional opinion in The View in Aras na Mac Leinn @ 18:00



Photography Soc- Come on down to the Art room in Aras an Mac Leinn @16.00 to enhance your knowledge and skills in photography, take a picture it will last longer!

Rock soc– Interested in a jamming session? Come on down and join rock soc in the small acoustic room in the Aras an Mac Leinn @19.00 where drums, amps and mics are provided!



Comp soc- Come down for a programming and problem solving session, where you can practice for technical interviews and interact with other computer science students! @14.00 DISC Room 205 IT Building

sign up with this link: https://goo.gl/forms/4hyZGmCwGmwzYaLj2

TGI Friday at the Hub- Head down to our very own Hub where we start off the weekend with a bang! , there will be snacks, games and great tunes! Including our Freestyle Fridays where you’re able to request songs, so come on down and socialize!



Global Lounge- Head down to the Hub for a nice relaxed Saturday where there will be food fun and conversation and a great opportunity to interact with others!!


Finbar & Daria 🙂

Upcoming Events Week 11:

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Welcome back to what’s happening in college this week! As always we’re here to keep you informed about whats happening and where. Lets run through some of the highlights this week has to offer. As always for a full list of everything that’s going on be sure to check out the socs calendar https://socs.nuigalway.ie/calendar.php


  • Archaeology Soc Social Night – Whether your the next Richard Hammond, or Mary Anning, all are welcome to come down and mix with other like minded diggers in AC204 on the Concourse @ 19:00


  • Cumann de Barra Debate Night – If you prefer digging into facts more than digging dirt, then this debate night is for you. Find interesting discussions and new points of view in AC201 on the Concourse @ 20:00



  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security EGM – If your passion lies in saving the planet for all to come then be sure to do your part and make it to the EGM for CCAFS. Its never too late to make a difference, so find out more in the Seminar Room in Aras de Brún behind the Hardiman Library @ 18:00


  • DRUMS Collaboration musical “in The Heights”- Witness the combined synergy of Dramsoc and GUMS in a collaboration musical running from Tuesday to Friday in the Bank of Ireland Theater beside Sult. Shows start @ 20:00



  • Filmsoc Surprise Screening – Does the intrigue of discovering a new film interest you? No? How about free pizza then? Either way be sure to drop in to the Darcy Thompson Lecture Hall @ 19:00


  • French Soc conversation night – Are you a fan of croissants, Eiffel towers and all things French? Well why not improve you foreign language skills while you’re embracing the french culture? Learn a language and have fun doing it in the Skeff Bar on Eyre Square @ 19:30



  • Christmas Window Cookie Baking Class – Are you in the Christmas Spirit yet? Come on down and learn how to improve your baking skills , make biscuits and sugar glass along with some decorating, get a ribbon to hang on your tree! Don’t forget to leave some for Santa and his reindeer’s!Tickets €2 in the Socsbox, available Monday 12th – Friday 16th November ONLY
  • Writing for Games- Game soc collaborating to hold  a workshop where the will examine the writing of the game world and learn a bit about what writing for games is all about. Thursday 19.00 @AC215



  • TGI Friday at the Hub- Head down to our very own Hub where we start off the weekend with a bang! , there will be snacks, games and great tunes! Including our Freestyle Fridays where you’re able to request songs, so come on down and socialize!



  • Global Lounge- Head down to the Hub for a nice relaxed Saturday where there will be food fun and conversation and a great opportunity to interact with others!!


Finbar & Daria 🙂