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Freshers Fest

Friday 15th 

Ideaslab Open House
(Lego Café) 

When: 11am - 2pm

Where: Ideaslab

Come and have a coffee and build some LEGO® with our team of interns. You can find out about our programmes and meet students from across campus.
PhotoSoc Digital and Film Photography Workshop 

When: 4pm - 6pm

Where: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn

Are you a beginner in photography? Or want to take it up? Join PhotoSoc an interactive workshop with a freelance photographer! You'll be discussing the basic of a camera and exploring the complexities of exposure and composition, so be sure to come by. All levels of photographic skill welcome! 


Edible Ecosystems and Biodiversity trail:

When 4pm - 4.45pm
Where: Herb Bed outside Moffatts Cafe (side of Orbsen Building.
Start at herb bed outside Moffatts.
Then go to baby orchard and organic garden and fruit bushes: 30-45 minutes Students will find out what's available on campus grounds. 

The Hub TGI Friday:

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 TGI Friday wekly event and have a tea and goodies with the Well Crew and SocsBox staff who are here to make your transition to university as fun and welcoming as possible!  We will be showing you how to make your own stress ball!

Screening with Timelord:

When 7pm - 10pm
Where: The View, upstairs, Áras na Mac Léinn
Join Timelord the Dr Who society for screenings and chats and some goodies.

GUMS Musical Soc Meetup:

When 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: The View, upstairs, Áras na Mac Léinn

Come on a tour of Áras na Mac Léinn the student building where we rehearse, followed by a dance workshop where we will teach you one of our musical numbers from last year’s main show All Shook Up.

Zoosoc Trivia Night:

When 6pm - 8pm
Where: The Space, Upstairs, Áras na Mac Léinn

Join Zoosoc and test your knowledge of all things creature like. we will have rounds including general pop-culture and animal-themed. With Prizes and snacks.

Anime & Manga Kahoot:

When: 7pm - 9pm

Where: The Hub Áras na Mac Léinn

Are you an anime aficionado? A master of all things manga? A lover of light novels? Then come on down and test your knowledge in the Anime & Manga Society's Kahoot Night! we will be hosting multiple Kahoot quizzes based on all sorts of anime and manga trivia. No sign-ups needed, just bring your phone (and yourself!) and join in on the fun :)

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Freshers Fest

Saturday 16th 

Student Life 101 –
Mandatory Session

Where: The Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn
All you need to know to get off to a good start! Get practical tips on surviving and thriving in university from finding your timetable, learning to house share, making friends and getting involved in your university community. Presented by your Students’ Union, Student Societies and ALIVE Volunteering. Why not enjoy all that is on offer at the Freshers Fest and pop over to the Student BBQ at the Chaplaincy after the talk and grab some delicious food? 

All College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies and all College Business, Public Policy & Law students.

When: 12pm - 1.30pm

All College of Science & Engineering and all College of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Sciences students
When 2-3.30pm.

Meet the Socs

When: 12am–4pm
Where: Outside Áras na Mac Léinn 

Meet the Societies, including Timelord Soc testing your Dr. Who Knowledge, Filmsoc, Women in Law Socs and Photo Soc will be challenging you to a guessing games and get creative with Writers soc. Live bands, freebies, free food, win prizes… need we say more!  The Freshers' Fest is the place to be, to kick back and hang out with new and old friends alike!

Student Life Expo 

When: 12am–4pm  

Where: Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer 

Visit the stands in the Foyer to get some useful info, learn about supports and maybe even take part in a giveaway or two!

Treasure Hunt 

When: 12pm–1.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm

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 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. 


Simon pop-up Shop

When: 12pm–4pm

Where: The Cube, Aras na Mac Leinn 


Students’ Union Giant Games

When: 12pm–4pm

Where: Students’ Union Office, Upstairs, Aras na Mac Leinn  Meet the Students’ Union exec and play the giant games.


BBQ at the

When: 12pm–4pm
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. 



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Fáilte Fest

Saturday 16th 

All freshers, incoming international students, new postgrads and returning students welcome





Pop up Gaeltacht

When: 4pm-6pm
Where: Outside Áras na Mac Léinn 

Practice your Gaeilge or learn cúpla focal (a few words) at our Pop-Up Gaeltacht in the gazebos Hosted by Barry Ó Siochrú, and Cumann Gaelach and Cumann Dramaicochta with games and music. Make your own crisp sandwich and have a cup of tea! Fáilte Roimh Chách! Everyone is welcome. 

Chill Games Room

When: 4pm - 10pm

Where: HBB Classroom

Need a break for the excitement, join Fantasy and Science Fiction (Fansci) Society for some relaxing board games in a relaxing atmosphere to recharge.


Barbie Party

When: 5pm-8pm
Where: The Cube,
Áras na Mac Léinn 

Join the Societies for a
Barbie themed party, lots
of fun and games, music,
food and meet all the
Barbies and Kens! 

Hosteb by our guest
Drag Queen.

Freshers' Comedy

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!


  • €50

  • 2 tickets to Hallows Oct 31st

  • 2 tickets to the German Socs Corrib Princess Boat Trip Sept 27th

  • 2 Tickets to a Dramsoc Show of their choice this semester

  • €10 on your SU Card

Box of Chocolates
plus lots more fun prizes.

Incoming Freshers will get priority.


Socs Talent Show

When: 6.00pm–8pm
Where: Bank of Ireland Theatre

Join the societies, GUMS Musical & Dramsoc and why not take to the stage, there will be prizes and a great way to meet the performing societies.


Sult Party Live Band

When: 8pm-11pm
Where: Sult & Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer

Join the craic in the bar with live music from Siucra and the Rugby World cup in the Corrib Room.


When: 8pm-11pm
Where: Outside Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer

Chill in the gazebos, dance under the open sky, it's up to you with DJs


Silent Disco

When: 8pm-11pm
Where: The Cube, Aras na Mac Leinn 

Chill in the gazebos, dance under the open sky, it's up to you with DJs


Chill Zone

When: 8pm - 11pm

Where: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer

Kick back and relax in the HUB.

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Freshers Week Big Events:
Tuesday 19th Sept: Socs Day & Volunteer Fair:
Áras na Mac Léinn, 12pm - 5pm 
Wednesday 20th Sept: Clubs Day,
Kingfisher Sports Centre
Thursday 21st Sept:
Students' Union Freshers Fair:
Áras na Mac Léinn, 11am - 3pm 

Check out the video from last years Fáilte Fest

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