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Friday, 23 Sept.

Failte Fest - The Big First Year Welcome Party  from 5pm - 11pm! 

 

Edible Biodiversity Trail 

When: 4pm 
Where: Trail starts at the herb bed outside Moffetts, Orbsen Building. 

Get to know your new campus and learn about the biodiversity on our very own grounds while enjoying some healthy treats along the way! Meet new people and enjoy some fresh air and fresh fruit! Each trail will take 30-45 minutes and you will get to see and sample from our baby orchard, organic garden, plentiful fruit bushes and more!  

 

Nature & Health Walk 

When: 5pm 
Where: Starting at the Orbsen Building. 

Join us for a hour long scenic walk through your new historic campus and learn about health and wellbeing, resilience, nature and habitats! It’s so important for everyone, students in particular, to get outdoors and get moving not only for your physical health but for your mental health. There are so many positives to studying here at University of Galway including the beautiful surrounding landscape. Join us and hear about the benefits of: being outdoors, beside the river, of walking and of listening to nature sounds. 

 

Dusk Bat Walk 

When: 7.30pm 
Where: Starting at the Orbsen Building 

Join us at dusk to explore how bats use the campus grounds. We will share bat detectors so that you can hear the variety of sounds bats make as they hunt for insects on the campus. Dress for the weather! 

 

SU Rudaí Áille Bags 

When: 10am–5pm 
Where: SU Office, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 

Come on by, get to know your Students Union, have a chat with the SU team and don’t forget to pick up your free Rudaí Áille bag (one per student) while stocks last! Treats inside include a keep cup, sweets, face masks and more so don’t miss out! 

 

TGI Friday Cafe 

When: 5pm – 7pm  
Where: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Want somewhere to chill out, have a chat and meet new friends? Drop into our Global Café and have a coffee and a gab with our Well crew and SocsBox staff who are here to make your transition to university as fun and welcoming as possible!  

 

Anime and Manga Screening 

When: 7pm – 9pm  
Where: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Have an interest in Anime, Manga or Japanese culture? Then The View is the absolute place to be! Watch some anime, make new like-minded friends and meet the Anime and Manga society, organisers of the biggest student event in the university, Akumakon. Sign up for this society and you can be part of Akumakon 2023! 

 

Karaoke Party 

When: 8.30pm - 11pm  

Where: Sult, Áras na Mac Léinn 

What’s better than Karaoke... Free Karaoke! Come along and show off those pipes at our college bar, Sult. Sing the classics, duet with your friends and meet new people! 

 

Culture Night  

When : 5pm – 11pm  

Where : Venues around Galway City 

Galway Culture Night is now in its 17th year and provides free access to museums, galleries, theatres and public buildings. Why not venture into the city and explore what the City of Culture 2020 has to offer – there are tours, exhibitions, readings, performances and films. Drama and poetry, music and dance, workshops and lectures, all free of charge. Check out the programme here https://culturenight.ie/galway/galway-city/ 

 

Need Help?   

Student Enquiry Centre 

When: 12–3pm 
Where: Arts/Science Building, Concourse 

Drop by our Student Enquiry Centre, your one-stop shop for all your student needs and queries.  

 
Library Help Desk 

When: 9am-5pm 

Where: Ground floor, James Hardiman Library 

Our Library helpdesk will be open to provide first level advice and support on both Library and IT services. 

Saturday, 24 Sept.

Freshers’ Fest - The Big First Year Welcome Party from 11am to 11pm! 

Day Time Events

Freshers Party – Day Time 

When: 11am–4pm 
Where: Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer and outside area. 

Free food, a live DJ and bands, games and prizes… need we say more!  The Freshers' Party is the place to be to kick back and hang out with new and old friends alike! Take a stroll through Socs Street (beside the HBB) and learn all about the wide range of societies you can join or visit the stands in the Foyer to get some useful info, learn about supports and maybe even take part in a giveaway or two! Chill out in the colourful gazebos.
Our campus Radio station Flirt FM will also be providing tunes and chat so why not stop by and say hello!  

UNI & U

(note the time for your College)  

Where: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn 

When:

  • 11am - 12pm College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences 

  • 12pm - 1pm College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies 

  • 1pm - 2pm College of Business, Public Policy and Law 

  • 2pm - 3pm College of Science & Engineering 
     

This is a mandatory session so you must attend as part of your formal orientation programme. 

Beginning your university journey is exciting but can seem daunting! Come to this session in the Bailey Allen Hall presented by the incredible MCs Riona, Societies Officer, Lorraine, ALIVE Volunteering and the SU College Convenors.  This is a great opportunity to get to know one another. There will games, information on extra-curricular opportunities with spot prizes to be won! This event is focused around maximizing your university experience as well providing you with a safe space to make new friends. Met one of your Success Coaches and explore your strengths for the year ahead.  

 

Each session will be followed by an hour-long college information stand in the The Cube where you will have a chance to speak with your college representatives and ask questions to get you ready for your first lectures on Monday​

College staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have after each  talk in The Cube, Aras na MacLeinn, directly across from the Bailey Allen Hall.  

  • 12pm - 1pm College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences 

  • 1pm – 2pm College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies 

  • 2pm - 3pm   College of Business, Public Policy and Law 

  • 3pm – 4pm College of Science & Engineering .  

  

Guided Campus Tours  

Where: Meeting at The Big Yellow Sculpture  

Want to get to know your new campus better? Come along on a campus tour! Each tour group is led by our trained Student Guides who will bring you on an Accessible route from South Campus to Central Campus, showing you our beautiful historical campus, its buildings, and interesting features. The tour takes approximately 40 mins. Our guides are happy to answer questions and make you feel right at home. All are welcome, furry friends and children included. 

Need Help throughout the day? 

Student Information Desk 

When: 12pm-6pm 
Where: Black Desk, Aras na Macleinn 

Our student information desk will be open for the day to answer all of your queries so pop on by and we’d be happy to help! 

Student Unions’ Rudai Aille - Goodie Bags 

When: 12pm–4pm 
Where: SU Office Áras na Mac Léinn. 

Come on by, get to know your Students Union, have a chat with the SU team and don’t forget to pick up your free goodie bag! 

Meet the Clubs 

When: 12pm–3pm 
Where: Kingfisher Sports Centre 

There are now over 45 active and vibrant sports clubs at NUI Galway. Joining and participating in a sports club will provide you with lasting memories of college life, a way to keep fit as well as a healthy social outlet. Drop by the Kingfisher Sports Centre, our first-class fitness facility, to learn more and sign up for your perfect sports club! 

Treasure Hunt 

When: 12pm–3pm  

Where: Gazebo outside Foyer, Aras na Mac Leinn 

Solve some riddles, get to know your new campus better and make new friends along the way with this fun filled treasure hunt devised by our Literary & Debate Society, our longest running student society & Cumann Staire our History Society. Give your brain a workout for the chance to win the fabulous prizes including €20 on your SU card for the winning team. 

 

Drumming Circle 

When: 12.30pm - 1pm, 1.30pm - 2pm, 2.30pm - 3pm 
Where: The Hub, Aras na Macleinn 

March to the beat of your own drum?? Why not join ALIVE Volunteering for a drumming workshop. No experience necessary, just grab a drum and join in! 

 

Student BBQ at the Chaplaincy 

When: 12.30pm–3.30pm 
Where: Gairdín Sosa, Chapel of St Columbanus 

Enjoy the beautiful scenery, escape and peace of Gairdín Sosa all while meeting new friends and digging into some delish (FREE) BBQ grub as provided by University of Galway’s Chaplaincy! Meet with the staff and see the social and study facilities available throughout the year. 

 

Active Consent Drama 

When: 1pm & 5pm  
Where: The O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance 

An Active* Consent original play about WHAT you want, HOW you want it, AND what happens when you don’t- performed by an energetic ensemble of actors who dramatise situations that you may encounter as you explore the joyful and occasionally darker sides of sexuality and consent during college life. Register to attend either the 1pm or the 5pm performance here 

Drop in Yoga Sessions 

When: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm 

Where: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Take the opportunity to unwind at one of our drop-in yoga sessions, mats will be supplied. 

Pop-Up Gaeltacht 

When: 1pm-2pm 
Where: The Corrib Room, Sult 

Practice your Gaeilge or learn cúpla focal (a few words) at our Pop-Up Gaeltacht in The Corrib Room at the back of Sult. Hosted by your SU Vice President for the Irish Language Barry Ó Siochrú, Fáilte Roimh Chách! Everyone is welcome. 

Speed Friending 

When: 3pm-5pm 
Where: The Corrib Room, Sult 

Join the SU for a Speed Friending extravaganza at the Corrib Room at the back of Sult. Make new friends, meet your SU Officers and have the craic!

 

Get The Low-Down: Student Panel Discussion  

When: 4pm–5.30pm  
Where: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn 

 

Come along and join our student panel discussion presented by Flirt FM Station Manager Paula Healy to hear a wealth of experiences from our SU Reps, College Convenors, societies, clubs and from other students involved in the university. Learn about the large variety of Clubs and Societies we offer, volunteering opportunities, our Employability award, our student-to-student awareness and encouragement programme Seas Suas and more! There will also be games, lots of prizes and a chance to get your questions answered at the Q&A so don’t miss out! 

Need Help throughout the day? 

Student Information Desk 

When: 12pm-6pm 
Where: Black Desk, Aras na Macleinn 

Our student information desk will be open for the day to answer all of your queries so pop on by and we’d be happy to help! 

 

Student Enquiry Centre 

When: 12–3pm 
Where: Arts/Science Building, Concourse 

Drop by our Student Enquiry Centre, your one-stop shop for all your student needs and queries. 

Evening Party

 

The Freshers Party

- Evening 

When: 6pm–11pm 
Where: Sult College Bar, Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer and Outside area 

Enjoy free entry to the University of Galway’s student bar Sult where there will be a live band as well as music from our very own DJ Society. Outside you will get the chance to show off those dance moves at the silent disco! Gazebos, free pizza, food trucks and more, get ready to put those party shoes on, meet new friends and most importantly HAVE FUN! 

 

Chill Zone 

When: 6pm-11pm 
Where: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Need a break from all the excitement? Why not chill out on the beanbags, relax and hang out with our societies! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshers' Comedy Bingo 

When: 6.00pm–7.30pm 
Where: Bailey Allen Hall 

Indulge your inner funny with award winning comedian Steve Bennett at our Saturday night Bingo! Fun, puns and prizes galore, you do not want to miss this! 

Prizes include;  
Gym Membership for a year for the Kingfisher University Sports Centre. 
B & B  for 2 at The Galway Bay  
B & B  for 2 at The Galway Clayton Hotel 
20 minute karting session for six at Galway City Karting 
Three course Dinner for 2 at the Marina Restaurant, Galmont Hotel. 
 

The Freshers Party - Evening 

When: 6pm–11pm 
Where: Sult College Bar, Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer and Outside area 

Enjoy free entry to the University of Galway’s student bar Sult where there will be a live band as well as music from our very own DJ Society. Outside you will get the chance to show off those dance moves at the silent disco! Gazebos, free pizza, food trucks and more, get ready to put those party shoes on, meet new friends and most importantly HAVE FUN! 

 

Table Quiz 

When: 7.30pm–9pm 
Where: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Join DramSoc for a fun and interactive table quiz. Hosted by our very own New Member's Rep, Seán Egan and joined by DramSoc's committee members. Loads of fantastic prizes including Pizza Parties in SULT and be in a draw for lunch for two at the Galway Bay Hotel. So brush up on your general knowledge for a chance to win! It'll be a great way to meet new people and show off your big brains so come along because you won't want to miss it!  It'll be a great way to meet new people and show off your big brains so come along because you won't want to miss it!  

  

Céilí 

When: 9.30pm–11.30pm 
Where: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Ceol, craic, Gaeilge agus damhsa - Come and use your cúpla focal or your Gaeilge líofa at the Céilí in the Cube. Learn a couple of Irish dances and meet loads of people with a grá for Irish Culture and language. Featuring live traditional Irish music from TradSoc!

 

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